Category Archives: Masculine cards

Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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S’ more Lawn Fawn birthday fun

7.2014smorebdayI just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set.  I created another  birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.

20140703_122232I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom.  I sprayed it with water numerous times  and then placed my watercolor paper into it.  I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.

I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire.  🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color.  A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.

QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail.  Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!

I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine.  I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.

I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

S’more Card–Lawn Fawn Stamps

6.2014smorefathersdayblogI don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a stamp set than I was to get this ADORABLE Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Stamp set and die cuts. It is way too cute.  I was inspired by the watercolor backgrounds I had seen from kwernerdesign.com, jennifermcquireink.com,  and the Lawn Fawn Blog. So, I created a kind of northern lights background and tried out my new stamps and dies. LOVE THEM! I used some Hero Arts White embossing powder to make  the stars stand out.

I realized two things while making this card:  1.  I need to perfect my die cutting ability with small dies. Using Washi tape has helped, but getting them centered just right will take some practice. 2. I need better markers. I used my kids markers and I was not happy with the result. I need to sit down and just keep coloring these. I have great watercolor pencils that I think will give a better effect, since I do not have any Copics at the moment. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on that expense, even though Simon Says Stamp is having a 20% off sale right now on Copics.  That is SO hard to resist.

I can see myself using this set tons!  This card I made for my hubby for Father’s Day, but this set is SO versatile.

–Lisa

 

 

Watercolor seashells card

6.2014 shell thanksI am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards.  It definitely steps up an ordinary card.

So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING.  I hate boring!

Here are the supplies I used…

20140630_192536I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings StampsVersafine Onyx Black InkTim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.

QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.

I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out.  I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.

20140627_133728I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!

I then just cut  my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.

I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking!  I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well.  I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.

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Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water?  Just use  a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water?  Just spritz some more.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa