Like most crafters, I find it a struggle to create masculine cards! I’m pleased how today’s card turned out and will work equally as well as a Father’s Day card. One of my problems is that I know hubby won’t like any of my masculine cards if he deems them “too dark”. I take his point, why should they be? When I decided to use the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set, I checked out the Well Suited Designer Series Paper (DSP). I picked out three sheets of light or bright designs.
As I turned around to put the other sheets away I noticed on the shelf below the design I’ve used for today’s card which is from the Sand & Sea DSP. I had a look at the matching colours and saw Seaside Spray! I couldn’t have planned this better if I’d tried! For the third day running I was going to be using one of the five retiring 2019-2021 InColours. Can I use Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock on the next two cards? This won’t be quite so easy because I prefer using lighter colours, but who knows? Watch this space!!
The first step towards creating this card was to stamp three ties. The first ones were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the Well Suited DSP design of small black squares on a white background. After I had die-cut them, I fussy cut them to remove the outside edges and they looked quite nice but I didn’t want a black and white colour combo. I have saved both ties for a future project. These two ties also looked quite nice on the reverse which is one of the Cajun Craze designs.
Next I cut off a thin strip of the light grey paisley design, laid the tie die on top of it and drew around the inside of the die with a pencil that had a fine point. After I fussy cut the tie, making sure I cut just outside the line – I didn’t want the tie to be too thin – I went round the edges with the brush end of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker Pen. When you do this, make sure you work with your brush pointing up to the back of the tie – if your pen slips you’ll draw on the back of the image!
I finished the tie by drawing a black line, using the nib end of my pen, underneath the tie knot. Although I haven’t used this tie for my card, I have kept it for a future project. My third method of creating ties is the one I used for my card. My tie stamps were already set up, side by side, on my Stamparatus. I took two long scraps of Seaside Spray Cardstock (CS), lined them up so each strip would be stamped with a tie. Using Misty Moonlight Ink, I stamped both ties and then took two more strips of Seaside Spray CS and stamped again so I had a total of four ties.
After I had fussy cut all four, I went over the edge, as before, using my Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Write Marker Pen to darken the outline. I adhered my top layer of Sand & Sea DSP to a middle layer of Misty Moonlight CS. I cut three strips of Misty Moonlight quarter inch ribbon and with the help of my Grid Paper, I adhered them in three diagonal lines. I adhered the card front on to a Seaside Spray CS card base and then adhered the ties using Dimensionals. Then I used my Stamparatus, Misty Moonlight Ink and a scrap of Seaside Spray CS to stamp my sentiment.
One of the great attributes about the Stamparatus is being able to stamp two or three times to ensure a very positive image or sentiment! The sentiment was die-cut using the no. 3 die from the Stitched Nested Label Dies. The sentiment fitted across the three ties beautifully! To finish off my card I adhered four corners from the Antiqued Corners & Slides Elements. I also took a scrap of brass Brushed Metallic CS and used the button die to die-cut twelve of them. I decided to use just two of them on front of the card – I’ve saved the others!
I added a middle layer of Misty Moonlight CS and a top layer of Sea Spray CS inside the card. I cut the fourth tie in half (approximately) and adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. To finish off, I adhered a brass button on the tie so it looks like a tie-pin! I was really impressed at the different ways these ties can be stamped; almost like getting three-in-one! Well, that’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow with this weeks video. In the meantime take care stay safe and have a great weekend! Happy crafting!
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”