Thursday, 24 May 2012

More male birthday cards

As promised, here are the other two possibilities for my brother's birthday... similar theme (sort of!) but very different type of card. As these are both one layer, I'll be entering them into the St Luke's Charity Challenge (still a few days to go!)

This was the first one I made.. A midsection created with score lines and masked off with scrap paper. TH masks and some inks sponged on. I liked it... but thought perhaps it would be improved with a bit more 'depth' in the background like so..

With masks in place, script stamped in picket fence distress stain and then the same inks sponged on (with a bit less of the vibrant blue as I wasn't so sure about it!)

I have deliberately left the sentiment off the second version, in case I don't want to use it as a birthday card. And I really can't decide which I prefer, I think that I like them both!

So I need your help to decide which to send! The card from yesterday's post, the top one or the bottom one from this post! Mum's vote is yesterday's share. I'm really torn!

Whatever I send, this is definitely a technique I'll be doing again - I only recently got myself some sponges and some ink duster brushes, and I have loved playing with them! Such different effects! And so QUICK to make! I'll definitely be making some of these to send off to St Luke's with my next load!

Challenges are pretty much the same as yesterdays...
Try It On Tuesday - Fathers day (cards for men or boys)
Simon Says Stamp - Cards for a special man or fathers day
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - For men

And of course St Luke's Charity Challenge - One Layer Month


  1. This is just perfect,love the image and gorgeous

  2. Hi M
    Fabulous card ..... Gorgeousv....
    Thanks for joining us at st. Luke's this week...

  3. What a great job you've made of these - stunning colours -- I really like the vibrant blue! x

  4. I like both but I have a preference for the second, the small writing in the background, I really like that!
    Love the colors too!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the nice comment.
    Having no idea, I know that! But it'll pass quickly, you'll see ☺


  5. Hmmm - you've given yourself a dilema now! I like them all - I think the one from yesterday or the second one from today. Whatever you decide I'm sure your brother with love it!
    Thanks so much for linking up to St Luke's again - glad our one layer challenge didn't scare you off as it has some of our players this month!

  6. Wow - I think both these cards are just fabulous. I really like the vibrant blue in the first card and the scripty text in the second is great too! I think whichever one you pick, your brother will love. Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge.

  7. They are both fantastic! Love the colors. We all struggle with cards for guys. I would be hard pressed to pick one but in your post you said 'brothers' so why not send one to each of them. Or make one a Father's day card.

  8. Gosh M! These are both stunning but if I had to choose it would be the top one as I like the deep blue.
    You made me chuckle with your comment earlier - you should see my snippets boxes! Those snippets I made all six cards with were just hanging around on my desk!

  9. Two beautiful cards ,but I love the vibrant colours of the first one. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. Loving all your fun inking techniques on these two cards and yesterday's. Tough call but I think today's second one is my favourite. :)

  11. These are all fabulous cards M but I think my favourite is the one at the top of this Post - I love the crisp clean look and the mix of blues and greens. Definitely a superb masculine card!
    Sylvia xx

  12. Piękne połączenie kolorów, bardzo delikatne. Podobają mi się!

  13. good job, I use cheap cosmetic sponges for my blending, way way cheaper than store bought. Best Wishes

  14. Well I love the addition of the text on your second card but the deep. Luke on the fist is just catching my eye so sorry I'm no use to help you!!! I love how you've used the masks.... Perfect for a one layer card :0)
    Thanks for joining us at St Luke's this month.
    Jenny x

  15. Fabulous, a perfect one layer the colours.. thank you for joining in our challenge over at St Lukes


  16. Hi M . . . these are brilliant makes. I'm off for a nosey (I mean BROWSE) around the rest of your blog. Found you via Mike's Gal's side list! xxx

  17. This is one of my favourite techniques M for pretty much the reasons you've given - unique results, quick to make, always effective! I love what you've come up with here and the second card is definitely my favourite although I do really like the vibrant blue in the first.

  18. They are both gorgeous M. I don`t think I could choose a favourite. Thanks for your continued support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  19. Both your cards are gorgeous. Love the bluey green behind the embossed images. x

  20. I definitely like the top one with the darker blue. The color combo moves me!

  21. These are gorgeous, love it's simple design, thanks playing along with TioT this fortnight