Monday, November 30, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Wonderland Quilted Card and Video

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to today's "quilted" masculine Christmas card  :)

I recently came across this "quilted" card technique. After seeing the technique, I knew that combined with the Stampin' Up! Wonderland stamp set it would make the perfect "It's Masculine Monday" Christmas card.

First, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock, used my Stampin' Up! Simply Scored with the Diagonal Plate to score the card stock at 1" intervals in both directions.  This created the quilted effect.  

Next, I folded the card stock on every scored line and drew it across my Jet Black StazOn ink pad.  I tried several different black pads, but the StazOn dried the quickest and I didn't have any smearing of the lines.

You can also use a sponge dauber to apply ink to the folded lines.  However, I got a thinner lines when I just rubbed it against the ink pad.

This is the finished piece of "quilted" card stock.  You could put a rhinestone, pearl, glitter, or brad at every intersection for some additional detail.

I added Stampin' Up! silver glitter to the trees to help increase the overall sparklyness - is that a word? - probably not.

Oh well, I just love how sparkly this card is!  I am sure, even if they won't come right out and tell you, guys like sparkle too!!  So, when creating your perfect masculine card. . .go for it and add some glitz and glimmer.



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Monday, November 9, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Cozy Christmas Card and Video

Hi Stampers!   Welcome to today's take on a masculine Christmas card  :)

When we think of masculine cards often the first thing that comes to mind are dark, somber colors.  But, we need to not limit our color choices.  This card uses a pastel color, yet is perfect for a masculine card.

I hope you are being inspired by my "It's Masculine Monday" cards. My goal is to help you become more comfortable designing them.

I really like how the Winter Wonderland Designer Series Paper, silver foil paper and silver cording from Stampin' Up! make the ornament pop.  The small piece of black ribbon is a discontinued item, but any thin black ribbon would work to add an additional element to the card.


I thought it would be such a fun idea to have Santa flying over a village.  The Sleigh Ride and the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits from Stampin' Up! worked perfectly.



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Here are a few additional examples of cards that were not intended as masculine cards, but are perfect for the guys in our lives.
  • I love the crisp, clean look of Rachel's card.  Such a great masculine card!!  Be sure and visit her Splitcoaststampers gallery  you will not be disappointed.
  • Paula used what I consider to be traditional masculine colors for her cute ornament card.  But, it would also be perfect as your family Christmas card.  You can see more of Paula's work at her Stampinantics blog.
  • Petronela's use of black and gold is so stunning.  This is the perfect masculine card!  Yet, as with the others it would also work for anyone.  Be sure and stop by her KeepStamping blog for some additional inspiration.


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Monday, November 2, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Christmas Cuties Christmas Card and Video

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to today's "It's Masculine Monday" card and video  :)

Oh my goodness!  Isn't he just the most adorable Santa's elf  you've ever seen?  I have been wanting to break out my Copics and the Christmas Cuties stamp set from Stampin' Up! was just perfect for coloring!!

To give the card base the impression of winter and snow in the background, I ran the Sahara Sand card stock through my Big Shot with the Large Polka Dots embossing folder.  Then, I brushed my Color Box Frost White pigment pad across the raised dots.  So little effort for such a great return.  Love it!!

Here are the Copic Markers that I used to color in my image.

Face:  E50, E51, E53, R20  |  Hair:  YR31, E23, E25  |  Suit and Hat:  YG93, YG95, YG97  |  Red Cuffs and Collar:  R35, R37, R39  |  Boots:  C7, 100  |  Bells:  YR31  |  Fur Cuff on Hat:  N0, N2

I just LOVE how this card turned out.  I do hope you will give it a try!  Don't have Copic Markers?  You could use stamp pads and an aqua painter or blender pen, colored pencils, water colors, pastels, I even think this would look good colored with Crayola Crayons.  No matter what medium you use, just jump in and give it a try.  I KNOW you can do it!!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Every Blessing Christmas Card and Video

Hi Stampers welcome to today's card and video  :)

Wow!  Can you believe it?  Christmas will be here in just 54 days . . . are you ready?  To help inspire you I plan on posting a variety of cards.


To help my focus on Christ and the reason for the season, I have chosen to use the Every Blessing stamp set from Stampin' Up!  I love the simplicity of this stamp set and its total focus on Christ our Savior.


Did you notice the glimmer on the stamped piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock?  LOVE IT!  I was able to do that with a product called All-Purpose Ink by Tsukineko.  You can purchase the ink at Amazon.  I fill a spray bottle 3/4 full of rubbing alcohol and 1/2 of the small bottle of All-Purpose Ink.  Shake well and mist your card.  All I can say is AWESOME.
To avoid getting the spray on my desk I made my own spray booth. I just cut foam core (from Joann's) and taped it together. Then lined the booth with white paper.  So very simple and it really keeps your stamping surface clean.


Now that you have seen the card, sit back and enjoy my tutorial. . .


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Looking for some additional great ideas for the Every Blessing stamp set?  Well, look no further . . . here are a few samples from Pinterest

  • Oh my goodness, I am awe struck by Lisa's watercolor.  Be sure and stop by her blog Add Ink and Stamp to check out her work.
  • Did you notice that Teneale used the sunburst from the Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set to extend the star of Bethlehem. So very clever.  You can see more of her art work on her Teneale Williams blog.
  • I just love to sponge and it is easy to see that Rachel does also.  This card is so simple yet so elegant!  Be sure and pop on over to her Rachel Woollard blog.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Christmas Card and Video

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to my "It's Masculine Monday" Christmas card
It's that time of year when we need to start thinking about Christmas cards.  I wanted to create one that would work for the men in your life.  However, you could also change it to more traditional colors and use it for your entire Christmas list.

I used the Embellished Ornaments stamp set, Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and Wonderful Wreath Framelits from Stampin' Up!  I also used the Gold Glimmer paper for one of the card layers and the sentiment.  Don't you love how sparkly the "Joy" is?

Check out how awesome the center of the ornament is when I use the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Marker.  So excited that Stampin' Up! will be carrying them in January 2016.  All I can say is Yippee!!

This is a close up of my stamp with the Early Espresso and Delicata Golden Glitz inks applied.  You can see that I have applied a heaver layer of the Gold ink to the center of the ornament and blended the two inks together just to the outside of the flower.  So easy!  Imagine the possibilities!


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Here are some additional ideas for you to use with this fabulous stamp set.  Be sure and check them out.
  • Oh my goodness, I LOVE how Judy May used the ornaments to create a shaker card.  They are so popular now.  Be sure and check out her Just Judy Designs blog for additional details.
  • Linda Heller is doing a series of 12 cards using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  Every one of them is unique and beautiful.  You can see them on her Where The Rubber Hits The Road blog.
  • How clever of Natasha Zandbergen to insert the intricate die cut into the ornament die cut opening to give the appearance of a laser cut card.  Love it!!  You can stop by her Inking out of the Box blog and see much more of her great work.


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Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Stampin' Up! Joyful Season Card and Video

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to another "It's Masculine Monday" card and video  :)

Today, I used the Joyful Season stamp set from Stampin' Up! and a variety of Copic Markers.

I am calling this a masculine card because it will work for the men in your life.  However, it is also the perfect holiday card for anyone on your list.

By now you know just how much I LOVE to color.  I have such fond memories of many Christmas mornings and my receiving brand new boxes of 64 Crayola crayons and coloring books.  Pure heaven!!

You can give me any medium and I will color with it:  watercolor pencils, chalks, SU markers, ink pads, pastels, crayons, etc. the list goes on and on.

I started building my Copic marker collection several months ago and hurrah I now have a great selection with which to color.

The colors I used for this card are pictured above.

I think the W1 Copic marker worked quite well to outline the image.  It really makes it pop off the page you can use any of the very light colors to achieve this look.  Give it a try on your next Copic project.

Love this new Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  There is also a matching vellum stack.  How awesome it that to have papers that work together to help your cards to pop!





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Monday, October 12, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Blast From the Past -- Spotlight Sponging Card and Video

Hi Stampers!  Today I am updating a card that I posted on my blog and YouTube channel in November 2014.


For today's card I used the Wonderland and Something to Say stamp sets from Stampin' Up!  As you can see from previous posts . . . I LOVE this stamp set.  So versatile! 

I decided to make this card a Blast From the Past, using a different stamp set.  Sometimes, it is good to look at cards we have previously created and just rework them a little.  I still really like the card and wanted to make it again using current Stampin' Up! products. 


I have been doing a lot of sponging lately.  I think it can bring that extra something special to your card.  The Elegant Eggplant ink really makes the card pop.  Some sequins would also be nice, but because this is for a fella I decided not to add them.  However, this card would also work great for a female and adding the sequins would be awesome.

Did you see the sparkle?  Guess I just can't make a card without my Zig Wink of Stella Clear Brush Marker.  I'm hopelessly hooked on all that shine.  So glad that Stampin' Up! will start carrying them in Jan 2016.

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Here are several of my previous cards using a variety of sponging techniques

You can view then on my Pinterest boards or in my Splitcoaststamper Gallery.  I hope you will take the time to check out my work.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Wonderland card and video

Hi Stampers!  Welcome to another "It's Masculine Monday" card and video . . .
For today's card I used the new Wonderland and Wilderness Awaits stamp sets, Basic Grey and Basic Black archival ink from Stampin' Up!  Love, love, love the new ink! It really gives a crisp, black image. . .it is the perfect ink when you want to watercolor an image.

I really like the combination of sponging to create the mountain background and the stamped-off trees to give depth to this card.  As you can see in my video it takes very little time to create this card and every bit of time that it takes is really worth it!  Such stunning results.

This is such a great, strong, masculine card.  I am sure your special fella will really love it. 


Don't you love how the Clear Zig Wink of Stella marker added shine to the moon?  Awesome!  As I have said many times before. . .can't imagine making a card without the Wink of Stella.  It really adds that special something.  I purchase mine from Amazon.  But, now there is good news!!! Stampin' Up! will begin carrying this item in the new Occasions catalog that starts in Jan 2016. . .Hooray!!!

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Here are some additional ideas for the Wonderland stamp set that I found on Pinterest

  • Love how Valerie Gouget used the small border of background paper. The tiny dots really carry out the overall theme of the snow on her Joyeux Noel card.  To see more of her work, stop by her Pinterest page
  • Oh my goodness, don't you love Linda's brayered the night sky? Visit Linda Higgins blog to see her beautiful cards.
  • Rae's gold embossed Christmas card is so simple yet so very elegant. It could be easily mass produced and used as your family's card. Be sure and stop by her Wild West Paper Arts blog


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Monday, September 14, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Wonderland Christmas Card

Hi Stampers.  Welcome to today's "It's Masculine Monday" card and video

For today's card I used the "watercolor band" technique and the Wonderland stamp set from Stampin' Up!.

Recently, I watched a video by Darlene DeVries of the Live Love Cards Blog where she used this technique to make a very attractive Christmas card.

Darlene used Distress Inks by Tim Holtz, but I was sure I could achieve a similar look using products by Stampin' Up! . . . 'cause you know how much I love my Stampin' Up! products!!

Because, I like things centered and even on the page, I drew a few pencil lines to help me line up my trees and to help ensure they were straight. The pencil lines were easily removed after completing the water coloring.


I chose to mask of the top and bottom areas on my watercolor paper with Micropore tape.  I like the Micropore tape specifically because it is waterproof and easily removed from the card.

I do hope you will give this technique a try.


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Monday, September 7, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Autumnal card made with Vintage Leaves

Hi Stampers.  Today I am bringing you another "It's Masculine Monday" card and video.


For today's card I use the "Ink Smooshing Technique".  As you will see in my video below, I applied ink to a slick surface, spritzed with water, and touched my stamped images to that inked surface.

I used the Vintage Leaves and Leaflets Thinlits from Stampin' Up! for my project.

By now, you are probably wondering if I own any other stamps sets, as I have been using this particular stamp set and die for the past several weeks.  Well, be assured that I do and I will begin showing them again, promise!

If you do not own this stamp set, here is an awesome tip.

They are available as a bundle!  What does that mean?  It means, if you purchase both the stamp set and Big Shot Thinlits as a bundle, you can save 15%.  How cool is that!  Be sure and check out the link in my supply list, below.


Here is a close up of the finished leaves. As you can see after "smooshing" them with ink, I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp with Elegant Eggplant. Then, I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge stamp again with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.

I think those little details really bring the card together.

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I thought you might enjoy seeing three other cards I found, on Pinterest, that use the Vintage Leaves and Leaflets Thinlits dies.

  • Love the background paper Brian of stampwithbrian.com created by stamping the leaves in a variety of colors.  By stamping the leaf in the Crumb Cake, his Mossy Meadow sentiment really pops.  Such a great card, Brian!
  • I really like the simplicity of Vicky Hayes card.  She has every detail just right.  She used a  subtle wash of Sahara Sand, then stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow and colored them in with Pear Pizzazz. Her final touch of the gold sequins is so beautiful.  Be sure and check out her blog at Crafting Clare's Paper Moments.  
  • Wow, doesn't the gold embossed leaf bring a sense of elegance to this fabulous card by Amanda Mertz.  So very attractive!  Great work, Amanda.  You can see more of her work at Did You Stamp Today.  


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