I really seem to be on a roll with masculine cards at the moment! Yesterday I designed the card I’m going to demonstrate in my video on Sunday, and I used the Sailing Home Stamp Set. For the video, I planning to use the same layout but with the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set. Unfortunately I have an appointment at the hairdressers in the morning……………..such a waste of valuable crafting time! LOL!
When I started my challenge on Monday, the first thing I did was to pull out all my stamp sets I consider to be, or can be, masculine sets. Today’s card is number four and I’ve used a different stamp set for each card. I have to admit it is getting more difficult! There are still three more stamp sets for me to choose from, plus two or three humourous sets.
The colour combination for today’s card is Mossy Meadow together with Pear Pizzazz. I found it amazingly difficult to choose one of the designs from the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) to complement my two colours! Eventually I decided to leave the decision-making until after I’d finished creating my image, and adding the layers.
I started by die-cutting a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using the no. 4 die from the regular Stitched Rectangle Dies. My plan for the image was a little scene, but I didn’t want to make it first and then die-cut it, because I didn’t want ink going over the stitching. Normally I don’t worry about this, but yesterday I decided I wanted the stitches kept “clean”.
Before I started to worry about how I was going to achieve this, I stamped the main image in Mossy Meadow Ink and dunked it in Clear Embossing Powder. After I’d finished heat setting it, I remembered I should have stamped my stamp in Versamark first, and then in the Mossy Meadow Ink! Although it didn’t work quite as well as it would have done with the help of Versamark, it still worked well!
If you look at the stitching around the image frame, you can see how I successfully kept a clean line around the stitching, and it does have a good finished look to it. This was achieved by using a large Post It Note, and adhered the sticky top just a hair’s breadth above the line of stitches. My Post It Notes are a very pale yellow and very transparent. Then I adhered a piece on each side.
I stamped the grass using Pear Pizzazz Ink, and also three images of the small clumps of “flowers”. The sentiment is from the Hostess stamp set called New Wonders. It fitted in so well. Next I adhered the image to a piece of Mossy Meadow CS, and played around with all the designs in Garden Lane DSP. I also had one Whisper White CS card base with a Mossy Meadow CS layer on top as well as a Mossy Meadow CS card base with a Whisper White CS layer on top. Whichever design I tried, it suited the image on one of these two options. After much deliberation, I eventually made my decision! LOL!I finished the front of the card by adding a strip of the 5/8″ Whisper White Flax Ribbon under the image, which I adhered using Dimensionals. Inside the card I added a layer of Whisper White CS, but only after I had stamped grass all along the bottom edge. I also added six clumps of the small flowers. Another good masculine card methinks! I hope you agree!
That’s it from me today. I have to dash as my hair appointment is at 9 am. At least that means I’ll be back home before lunch time! I hope you have a fabulous Friday, and I look forward to be back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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