Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Cards For Men

Once in a while it is great to have some "cards for men" in the stash so I decide to add some to my Stamp-A-Stack designs for this month.

It was great fun getting out this lovely Stampin' Up!® set from the Summer Mini Catalogue. It is called THE OPEN SEA and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. Quite odd that this is the first time I've used it. I wonder if that is telling me I have too many stamps! 

I used the same sketch for both cards, just changing the orientation from landscape to portrait. This creates quite different cards. 

Here is the first card made using Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and White - colours that coordinate with the NAUTICAL EXPEDITION Designer Series Paper.

I kept the card quite simple for the class, with some collage stamping and stamping off on the torn White card. I wrapped it with Bakers Twine  then matted it onto Basic Grey, some DSP from Nautical Expedition, some more Basic Grey and finally a Cherry Cobbler base card. 

The detail shows the variety of stamps available in this set. A little sponging helped to soften the edges of the torn card stock.

After the class I decided to step this card up a little by adding a greeting and another embellishment. Here is the result

The anchor is part of the Open Sea Stamp set. It is a wonderful image and quite easy to cut out.

The anchor has been adhered to a circular Birthday stamp that was stamped once on cherry Cobbler and once on white card stock then punched out with different size punches.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:-
The Paper Players - Masculine Project
OutLines Monday Challenge - Keep It Square
Here Come The Boys - Vinatge Feel Masculine

Hope you enjoyed looking - I'll post the other card tomorrow.

Until then

Stay Crafty!


  1. Ann, fabulous card. I love the torn edge and the colors are wonderful So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  2. Fab card Ann! Love the image and your lovely rich red! Thanks for playing at Here Come The Boys! WOo x

  3. What a wonderful masculine card! I love the torn edge! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  4. My DH is a sailor, so this is a go-to set for me when I need a card for him! These are just perfectly done; your Stamp a Stack class will love it!! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at the Paper Players!

  5. Great cards Ann -I laughed to myself when I read that you had yet to ink up you stamp set - I too fell in love with the set and have yet to ink up the boat once.

    1. Ah Narelle, that is one of the hazards of being an SU demonstrator isn't it? So many lovely things to play with. By the way I love your card making style - see it often on Stampin Connection and am always impressed with the wonderful designs and craftsmanship.

  6. Great Vintage Feel to this card, perfect for our challenge at Here Come The Boys; thanks for joining us and look forward to seeing the other card too :-)Donna

  7. You make the collage stamping look so easy! Great mix of images and they are perfect for a guy card! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  8. Hi Ann,
    I love the vintage feel to your card and the collage stamping is perfect. The torn edges are a nice touch too. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

  9. Ann, this is one fantastic "guy" card! Love the torn edges and the bakers twine accent. I had to chuckle at your comment about needing a stamp set and neglecting to show it some ink. I have one...or two...or...well, a few of those in my stamp studio. Lol! Glad you inked up this set to share with us at the Paper Players this week! :)

  10. Wow love the stamp on that paper. Shops really talks to mé. Good luck with the design team search

  11. Fabulous card, love the soft colours you've used and the way you've used them hugs Karen x


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