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.

Product List

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.

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Tea Together

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Tea Together

We’re up to day four of my “Marie Condo” farewell to retiring products and since it’s only a week until mother’s day I thought it would be the perfect time to farewell a stamp set with a mother’s day sentiment.

The Tea Together stamp set has matching tea time dies, which makes card making super fast and easy.

I’ve used this card to make both birthday cards and mother’s day cards – I love this mother’s day sentiment. I’ve made my teapot for this card using Gorgeous Grape card stock and some retired butterfly DSP but it looks lovely cut out of any patterned paper, especially floral designs.

Here is another card i made with this set …this time using a Christmas paper to make a birthday card.

I picked up on the Poppy Parade and the Mossy Meadow colours in the DSP and used my blender pens in these colours to colour in stamped flowers from the Tea Together stamp set. The teapot, cup and saucer were also stamped from this set and then all cut out using the matching dies.

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Itty bitty Birthdays stamp set die cut out with my stitched rectangle dies.

I also used the stitched rectangle dies on my Mother’s Day card.

I hope you’re enjoying my farewell to retiring products?

Every day I will be featuring a stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thank it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me to send you your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card or two to farewell another retiring stamp set.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

A Christmas Rose for Any Occasion!

A Christmas Rose for Any Occasion!

Welcome to Week 13 of the Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m sharing with you a variety of cards I’ve made using Stampin’ Up!’s brand new “Christmastime Is Here Suite”.

This suite is not in the Holiday Catalogue, but you can order it online here.

All of the products in the suite can either be ordered together or individually. This video gives you closer look.

Yes this is a Christmas suite, but the DSP patterns and the rose themed stamps and dies are also ideal for a variety of cards, including Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day, thank you and sympathy cards.

Card one is a “for you” card that I shared in a blog last week. Here it is again in case you missed it.

After stamping the rose image in Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock I used my marker pens in Rococo Rose, Mossy Meadow and Gray Granite to colour directly onto the stamped image and then I blended using the clear blender pen, NOT the stampin blends.

Card two uses exactly the same stamped image but colouring in with soft saffron and soft sea foam it gives it a totally different effect.

This time I made a square card and mounted the image onto a piece of Sahara Sand, embossed with the pinewood embossing folder.

I’ve also used the Gold 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Glitter Enamel Dots from the suite as well as branches die cut in Whisper White using the Frosted Bouquet dies.

I finished of with some Wink of Stella but did go a teeny weeny bit overboard, making my card very glittery!

Card three is a Christmas card that uses a piece of Let it Snow DSP, overlaid with vellum. I fussy cut the image from the Christmastime is Here DSP, before cutting it in half to sit either side of the “Seasons Greetings” sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas stamped in gold.

Red Rhinestones add a touch of bling and cover a smudge of ink!!!!

Card four uses two different patterns from the Christmastime Is Here DSP to make a birthday card that could very easily be used as a Mother’s Day card if I changed the sentiment.

I picked up on the Poppy Parade and the Mossy Meadow colours in the DSP and used my blender pens in these colours to colour in stamped flowers from the Tea Together stamp set. The teapot, cup and saucer were also stamped from this set and then all cut out using the matching dies.

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Itty bitty Birthdays stamp set die cut out with my stitched rectangle dies.

My final card is another one I shared with you last week and perhaps the most traditional of the lot – a Merry Christmas card.

I simply die cut out the image from the DSP , using the same die that I used to cut out my stamped rose in the other cards. Very quick and super easy.

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart: Heart of Christmas Week 11 Farmhouse Christmas step card

Art With Heart: Heart of Christmas Week 11 Farmhouse Christmas step card

Welcome to week 11 of our Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas blog hop.

I have a confession to make.

I bought the Farmhouse Christmas bundle simply to get the picket fence, the teeny tiny string of lights and the teeny tiny bow dies. But now that I’ve had a play with this set, I’ve fallen in love with every stamp and die in this bundle. It’s just so cute!

I’ve seen a few Z fold cards made with this set but I haven’t seen any step cards so I decided to make one for my project this week. If you haven’t seen a step card before, here’s a side on view to show you what I’m talking about.

Step cards come in so many different variations (just Google it and you’ll see what I mean) but the type I’ve made with the Farmhouse Christmas bundle is very simple and so easy to make. The measurements for my card are as follows. Begin with a piece of cardstock (I used Gray Granite) measuring 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Score and fold at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″ and 6 3/8″.

At this point, I need to insert a little disclaimer. I stamped my house and trees using Early Espresso ink and then used my Stampin’ Up! blends to colour them in, but on the tree where I used my colour lifter blender pen it comes up with a purple hue in my photos!

In real life, you don’t even notice this but if this worries you and you don’t want that purple hue on your card don’t use the colour lifter pen when colouring in.

Here’s a photo of the card stretched out so you can see how I’ve laid out the stamps and the dies on my card.

Step cards are really suited to stamp sets that you can use to create a layered scene. And they are wonderful for the recipient because they stand up beautifully by themselves for display purposes.

As you can see in the photo above I’ve made an envelope to match my card, using the envelope punch board and the matching Festive Farmhouse DSP. To keep my envelope closed when posting or gifting the card I use a glue dot underneath the back flap.

To see what the rest of the team have made this week hop over to the lovely Claire Daly’s blog.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

 

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