Say it with…a male card

Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Annabelle Stamps, Challenges | 9 comments

This week’s challenge at AnnaBelle Stamps is to make a male card…and oh boy, was it a challenge for me! Me and male cards just don’t seem to mix however I did manage to create something after lots of paper shuffling. I paired it with the sketch challenge over at Lily Pad Cards.

I heat embossed a background stamp in white, then rubbed over with 3 different inks (it didn’t pick up in the photo – but there are 3 shades of blue on the panel). I thought it looked like pressed metal (very manly) and the spiral is my own little creations made from black craft wire. It is my attempt at a manly embellishment – a coil, a cog…something along those lines.

It is a b’day card for my hubby for next week from the kids….and he gave it his seal of approval…so it must be OK!


Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps “Background by Design 3”
Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Versacolor – Atlantic, Cyan, Lagoon, Black
Card: Regal Craft Card (White textured single fold)
Other Supplies: American Crafts white embossing powder, heat gun, AnnaBelle Natural cotton twine, sponge dauber, Thickers – Fabric stickers, Weave Extras teeny tiny letter stickers, black craft wire

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out some more man-li-ness from the rest of the DT. Their links are in my side bar. Hope you can play along!


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  1. Must be the day for male cards, I had the same problem myself, I love CAS and that suits men… then why is it so hard?
    Anyway, your card doesn’t look like there was any struggle at all, it’s a fabulous design and the colours are perfect for the boys! I Love it!

  2. Looks great. Love the colors (and they show up quite well). Your embellishment is very fun and creative.

  3. I think it’s very creative Marion! Love the panel of three shades of blue and your wire embellishment!!

  4. I can see your three blues and I love your hand made embellishment! What a luck Dad to receive this delish card!

  5. Wow! I just discovered your blog and what an amazing time I’ve had looking back through it. our work is just beautiful. Thankyou for sharing.

  6. This is creative genius Marion… very cool!

  7. Marion this card is so unique . . . I love how you curled up the wire and created the emboss resist patterned paper. The sentiment is very cool as well!

  8. Definitely more than ok Marion, this is CAS at its best! love the tonings of blues and how you have incorporated the sentiment! 🙂

  9. This is a great masculine card and I love your take on our sketch! Thanks so much for playing with us at Lily Pad Cards!

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