Monday, 11 April 2011

Masculine Monday - using Plane and Simple

Good Morning! I always try to provide a little masculine inspiration on Mondays and this week, yet again, I've been unable to resist the fabulous challenge on the Less is More site! Chrissie and Mandi always come up with ideas that I want to drop everything to have a go at - such as this week's suggestion: A one layer card with the sentiment as the focus.

Ever since I first saw the Plane and Simple stamp set in the new mini catalogue I've had an idea in my head about the compass. I wanted to team it with the sentiment from the retired set Live Your Dream - it's a quote by Henry David Thoreau 'Go confidentally in the direction of your dreams'. I liked the link between the compass and the word 'direction' and thought it would make a fantastic card for a grown-up child who's flying the nest, or for someone starting a new course or job. There was just one problem... I didn't have Live Your Dream!

So I rolled my sleeves up and started experimenting on the computer and here's the result:

I made the word 'confidently' slightly larger so that the compass would tuck neatly into the shape made by the words and I love the way it turned out. Score lines are a great way of drawing attention to something without adding layers.

I'm using the compass as my embellishment. It's stamped with Early Espresso ink, then cut out. I added a knot of linen thread for extra interest - I love this stuff and would use this on every card if I could!

Here's how to make this card:

  • Faff about on the computer for a while creating a sentiment! (For those that are interested in these things, the font is Garamond Narrow. It's coloured in Pantone 462, to match Early Espresso, and Warm Red.) Alternatively use the stamp from Live Your Dreams - much easier!
  • Print the sentiment and trim to the size you want your card to be. Mine ended up being 11cm x 21cm and I scored and folded this in half to create a card 11cm x 10.5cm.
  • Add two score lines above and below the sentiment - I used the scoring blade on my Fiskars trimmer.
  • Stamp the compass image from Plane and Simple using Early Espresso ink on Whisper White card stock. Cut it out using sharp paper snips (the top was started off with a circle punch). Wind linen thread through the top two or three times and finish with a knot. Attach to the card front with dimensionals.

Stamps: Plane and Simple, Live Your Dreams (retired set) if you have it!
Ink: Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Linen thread

Hope you've had a great weekend. We've had such a wonderful start to our Easter holidays thanks to the glorious heatwave we've been having. It's been wall-to-wall picnics, tennis, walks, den-building, gardening... but naturally I managed to fit a little crafting in too! One of my friends had a birthday last week and I made a coordinated gift set for her, which I'll show you tomorrow.

Thank you for popping in today - I very much appreciate your visits and comments.


  1. A beautiful card, I find mens cards a challenge! Well done. xx Jan

  2. Absolutely stunning card. Love the sentiment.

  3. Fab card love the sentiment xx

  4. Great card. I love the sentiment. That's what we all need to do !!

  5. Fab card again Vicky, the sentiment is just great with the compass and a good fuss free card for a chap.
    Jennie X

  6. Love the sentiment and design is so appropriate
    Julie x

  7. Very classy Vicky - love it! Missed you at the weekend, such a shame you couldn't be there
    Margaret x

  8. It's really clean and simple, I love it! wish that set was still around eh?

  9. Super sentiment and goes well with the compass. Lovely clean card. x

  10. A great manly card - very sophisticated too. Sounds like you had fun at the weekend - Jacqueline xx.

  11. Perfect card for a man... and the challenge!

  12. Perfect guy card, perfect card in fact! I have a stamp with the same sentiment on but it looks so different in a different font.


  13. Such an elegant card. I love how both gel, go together so well :D

  14. Absolutely stunning Vicky
    your work is such an inspiration, thank you for such lovely comment about ours! [Sorry I use the same words for you every week!]
    Thank you as always
    Less is more

  15. You've inspired me to try generating my sentiment on the computer more often. I love how this turned out. Great guy the pocket watch embellie!

  16. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card as always it

  17. Love this, such a fabulous male card :o) Lisa x

  18. Another stunner Vicky... perfect card for its purpose!
    Thanks once more for another fab submission!
    "Less is More"

  19. Your card is really beautiful. Creating a sentiment on the computer really does need my attention. Loving my stamping so much i find it difficult to go digital but will give it a go very soon:-)

  20. I absolutely LOVE this card. All that yummy white space. And the score lines are a really nice touch.

  21. Wonderful guy card, love it x

  22. Brilliant!!! Love the stamp set - super card.

  23. A perfect clean and simple masculine card. I love it!

  24. Wonderful, absolutely fab for a guy!

  25. Absolutely fabulous as always Vicky. Your cards are going from strength to strength.
    Lynne xxx

  26. OK, I'm caught up now, and am loving this simple card with the compass. Perfect, perfect sentiment (it'd probably take me an entire day to do that on the computer!). The linen thread and scored lines add just the right amount of texture and interest. And, again, I find myself regretting not buying that set. (Well, technically I guess I have until the end of this month to get it in the US, but since I already added to my SU order once... I think I best not again!) Have a fabulous weekend, Vicky!


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x