Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for masculine cards, something I know many of us can find challenging to make.

I recently made two masculine cards I’d like to share with you: the card I made for my dad’s birthday in July and the card I made last week for him for Father’s Day.

My dad is not a typical card game/car/fishing/treking/BBQ/sport kind of a dad and that can make designing masculine cards for him quite tricky. But there are two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that perfectly matched the gifts I was giving to my dad: Whiskey Business and Press On.

For Dad’s birthday card I used the Whiskey Business set… no prizes for guessing what I gave him for his birthday!

This card was CASED from the design of the card on page 33 of the Annual Catalogue but I made a few changes to make it my own. I just had to use the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder to emboss the Whisper White card stock because it looks just like the pattern in the cut crystal that the Whiskey decanter and whiskey glasses are made of.

The detailed line drawings of the Whiskey Business are so realistic and the Stampin’ Blends make it so easy to bring these stamps to life. I’ve used light Pool Party for the crystal, and light So Saffron, light Mango Melody and dark Mango Melody for the whiskey.

Here’s a close up showing the detail in this stamp set. I simply fussy cut my decanter and glasses using my paper snips before adhering them to the embossed Dainty Diamonds layer.

Speaking of realistic – how amazing is this wood patterned DSP from the In Good Taste DSP! All of this patterned paper was created from photographs of actual wood, stone, textiles, etc and it’s just perfect for masculine cards.

And finally, here’s the inside of the card.

For my second card I’m sharing the one I made for Father’s Day to accompany a coffee machine and coffee, which is why I decided to use the Press On stamp set.

I kept this card very neutral, using coffee shades (Early Espresso and Crumb Cake) with Whisper White.

The lovely masculine chevron DSP is one you might have overlooked – I certainly did! This DSP is part of the Gilded Autumn specialty DSP which is found on page 45 of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

The coffee cup and beans were stamped in Early Espresso before being coloured in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker for the coffee beans.

The strip of early espresso faux suede ribbon along the base of the card co-ordinated perfectly and added a luxurious texture to the card.

Inside my card I used a variety of sentiments to create a meaningful Father’s Day message – I’m not sure if it really worked, but my dad seemed to appreciate it and that’s what really counts.

To see more masculine card inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel‘s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my cards tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Rainbows

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Rainbows

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

With all that’s happening worldwide at the moment the Art With Heart Team are here with a Rainbow theme Creative Showcase to brighten your day.

Every month the talented ladies share their inspirational ideas in a monthly Showcase and this month our projects are inspired by Rainbows.

With 40 core colours, 10 in colours and the 3 basic colours of Whisper White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla I found it impossible to chose a just a few of these colours for my rainbow, so I decided to use them all!

The only way I could fit them onto one card was to create a slimline card. For each colour I cut a 5mm thick strip with my paper trimmer and then I organised them into rainbow order onto strips of tear & tape on a Whisper White base.

It took a while to decide on a colour order – there are so many ways you could arrange these colours!

The rainbow strip was trimmed to size, mounted onto a Basic Black card stock layer and a gold foil layer before attaching it all to a Whisper White slimline card base.

The “Happy Birthday” was cut out using the Playful Alphabet dies mounted onto the new foam adhesive sheets – I love the dimension it gives!

Three Gilded Gems add a final touch of bling to tie in the gold foil layer and finish off the card.

I do have a confession to share with you.

After I finished making and photographing my card I planned to list all the colours I used in their rainbow order, but when I counted the strips I realised I have left two colours out and I don’t know which ones they are!

I deliberately didn’t include Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock in the rainbow strip but I did include Basic Black, which means I should have 51 strips – but I only have 49.

Can you help me out and tell me which two colours I’ve left out!

The next Art With Heart Team Member to share their colouring technique with you is the very talented Caroline Manwaring.

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor (you are here)

Caroline Manwaring

Thank you for viewing our Showcase tonight, we’ll be back next month with more inspiration for you.

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my card tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

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All Dressed Up 21st Birthday Card

All Dressed Up 21st Birthday Card

July is a big birthday month in our family – my dad, brother, 2 nieces and 2 nephews all have their birthdays in July! One of the big birthdays last month was my niece’s 21st and because I wasn’t able to see her in person I made a special card to celebrate her special birthday.

She is super sporty but also very girly. Like most 21 year old girls she loves clothes and shoes, which is why I thought the Dressed To Impressed stamp set would be the perfect set to use for her card.

The co-ordinating All Dressed Up dies were also just perfect because we gave her a gift card for her birthday and this die set has a die to create a little bag which is big enough to fit a gift card.

I haven’t used the brand new hot pink, Magenta Madness, very much yet but I love it in this card. The shoes are coloured in using a Bumblebee marker and Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight blends before cutting out with the co-ordinating shoe die.

The shoe boxes are easy to make using scraps of crumb cake cut down to size with the Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer.

This gorgeous floral paper is from the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP pack and I also used it to make the gift card mini bag holder. There is a die for the bag handle and cut this out of Magenta Madness to match the card – can you see the cute stitched edging on the bag and the handle?

And how great is the “Life is Short. Buy the shoes” sentiment? I’m sure my niece will be using our gift card to buy some shoes very soon!

I’ll be back to share some colour inspiration on Wednesday but in the meantime to purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August-December Mini Catalogue (AKA the holiday catalogue), 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Dont forget the August-December Mini Catalogue goes live tomorrow morning and you can order from it then. There are so many wonderful new products to create with in the catalogue this year.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay well, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

I really love getting multiple uses from all of my craft equipment which is why I’m super excited to share with you a birthday card I made this week.

To create my birthday card I used 2 products from the holiday catalogue: a Christmas stamp set and a Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving punch. Can you guess which products I used?

The stamp set is called Merry Patterns. This is a beautiful Christmas stamp set that features so many great stamps: a lovely large sentiment, beautiful candles, a fir branch and the cutest reindeers! Here’s a couple of the cards I’ve already made from this set.

When I went to make another card with this set I wanted to try out the candle stamp this time…and I suddenly realised the candles would also work really well on a birthday card. So I made my first ever double Z fold card using the Merry Patterns stamp set.

I used dapper denim and marina mist ink to stamp my candle stamp and then I decided the card needed something above the candles. I die cut the happy birthday die in gold glimmer paper for one side of the card but I only used the “happy”…the birthday was stamped from the matching Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set…I really love the font on this set.

I made some large candles for the other side of the card using the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, but my hand-cut candles really needed a flame. Can you guess what I used?

That’s right, I used the new leaf punch! I simply stamped it out of gold glimmer paper as well and cut it in three. I love how the shape of the leaves makes the candle flames look like they are moving in the wind (and close up you can see that I didn’t quite position the 3rd flame correctly, whoops!).

The final touches to this card were stamping the “make a wish’ sentiment on the inside of the double Z fold. You can see on the photo below how when the card is fully opened there’s also a blank section of whisper white to write your own message on.

The big candles were looking a little plain so I decided to stamp the “hip hip hooray” sentiment sideways onto the middle candle…I really like the look of stamps stamped vertically instead of horizontally.

And to keep the card folded flat so it can easily pop into en envelope I attached a length of gold 1/8 ribbon to the back of the card and then used it to tie around the front and make a decorative bow.

I deliberately made this card in blue so it could be used for male or fame, young or old. I think this is a really versatile card for a wide range of ages.

Are you getting the most out of your craft supplies? I’ve got another versatile idea for you, this time using the offcuts of the Happy Birthday Die. I explain it all in my blog last week.

To purchase any others supplies I’ve used you can click on the links below, and I’ll be back with 2 more blogs later this week.

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