Friday, 26 August 2011

Men's cards... so hard to make!

Cards for men... I always find them so hard to make. But here are a few of my ideas so far.

This card is for my brother's 27th birthday. A white card blank with Tim Holtz embossing folder (which I can't quite get the sandwich right for, as it either cuts holes in the card or doesn't leave a good imprint - frustrating!), fluid chalk rubbed over to give colour and a few flat embellishments. I got the flat embellishments as part of a set, and love them but i'm swiftly running out! will be keeping my eyes out for more! They look a bit like brads, but theyre adhesive so not as fiddly as brads, and you don't need to think about hiding the backs! I've also stuck on a few silver jump rings.

Finally, a happy birthday sentiment printed on to woodchip design paper. 

The next card is for another brother's 31st birthday. He loves sheep, and I bought a papermania rubber stamping set with a sheep on in the sale, with him in mind. Finally got around to using it!

Embossing folder is another Tim Holtz, I love this embossing folder as it's really versatile. When I first got it, I thought it would be difficult to use as it's a sort of broken window type look, but with a bit of creativity you can use it as a background for just about anything. On this one, it's supposed to look a bit like cracked ground. Yellow fluid chalk rubbed over the background to bring out the shapes.

The sheep is a basic rubber stamp on white card (stamped in a dark grey fluid chalk), which I coloured in with some good quality sketching pencils. A couple of flowers (not too many, it is a man's card after all!) and a happy birthday sentiment printed off the computer and raised on foam pads.

I'm looking forward to sending these off - I think they will be liked :)

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