Monday, 4 April 2011

Masculine Monday

Hello, good morning! It's Monday and time for more masculine inspiration! Yet again, I'm taking my own inspiration from the lovely ladies at the  Less is More site, whose challenge this week is to produce a card with a touch of red.

I knew instantly what I wanted to do! The new mini catalogue is full of gorgeous vintage style, florals, botanicals and sewing motifs but there's also a section at the back full of individual stamps - some of which are quite masculine images. I've enjoyed using the Motorcycle stamp today:

This could be quite an old-fashioned image but using a flash of red and mounting it on the Top Note die gave it a little bit of 'edge'. (Yes, of course I had to use my lovely, new Big Shot!)

Look at the beautiful perforated detail on the edge of the Top Note die! I love the curves of this die - it's great for adding movement to a card.

The red parts of the motorbike are highlighted with Crystal Effects although I couldn't seem to capture that on camera - it looks really glossy in real life!

Here's how to make this card:

  • Stamp the motorcycle onto a 9.5cm x 7cm piece of Whisper White card stock using Basic Black ink. Sprinkle quickly with clear embossing powder and heat with the heat gun.
  • Colour the mud guards and petrol tank of the motorbike with a Real Red marker.
  • Mask above the centre of the wheels with a piece of paper and sponge a ground on the bottom of the card stock with Early Espresso ink, using a rough 'massage' sponge to create texture.
  • Hold the same piece of paper over the ground and sponge a sky with Bashful Blue ink, using a smooth piece of sponge.
  • Stamp a sentiment in the corner with Basic Black ink.
  • Glue the panel onto a 9.5cm x 7.5cm piece of Real Red card stock. Mount this onto Baja Breeze card stock cut using the Top Note die whisked through the Big Shot. Trim the sides of the Top Note shape flush with the sides of the motorbike panel.
  • Cut 9.5cm off the length of an A4 sheet of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base. Attach the focal panel to the card front.
  • Add Crystal Effects to the red parts of the motorbike and leave to dry.

Stamps: Motorbike, Vintage Labels (retired Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue
Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze
Other: Top Note die, Real Red marker, Crystal Effects

I hope you've all had a good weekend. Many of you may have been celebrating Mother's day - as I was! My three lovely children spoilt me with cards, chocolate and flowers - and so many cups of tea I was visiting the loo most of the day! It is one of my favourite days in the year as I get to go to Mumland (as my daughter puts it!) I look at the miracle that is my family and can't imagine what on earth I ever did to deserve them.

By the way, thank you so much to everyone that left a comment about my ten-year-old son's card last week. He was so excited when I showed them to him and turned to me with wide eyes and said "Mummy! I'm a star!" And the thing is, it's true - he is!

I shall look forward to checking out all the other LiM entries today and thank you for coming to see mine. If you have a minute, do come back and visit me tomorrow when I'll have pictures of my open house displays with loads of samples made with items from the new mini catalogue. Hope to see you then,


  1. Another beauty Vicky!
    This stamp looks fabulous... something I may just have to purchase in time!
    Great to see you again, I look forward to seeing what you produce each week!
    Thanks so much!
    "Less is More"

  2. What a great stamp for your Masculine Monday. I love your textured ground as well.

  3. I love this motorbike too and used it for the challenge as well. It does look great in red! x

  4. Great card and great stamp. Love it! Love Sheila x

  5. Hi Vicky
    Another stunner your cards are amazing this one my Roy has a bike like this ..the red is a bit darker ...Gorgeous...
    cant wait to see what you do tomorrow???

  6. Fabulous Vicky. Your masculine cards are always inspirational.
    Lynne xxx

  7. Wow a stunning card and this stamp is on my wish list grat for the men in your life Luv Sue x

  8. Great masculine card. I love love it. I love the design of it.. just gorgeous :)

    Thanks for you wonderful support and comments :)

  9. Hiya Vicky :-) I saw this motor bike before and was unsure about how to use it. Now I know ;-) Looks fabulous!TFS Janna
    PS: hope your husband never leaves you outside in the wintertime ;-)

  10. Hi Vicky
    Im sure your family think the same of you too!
    another stunning card, perfectly created
    Thanks for your entry
    "Less is More"

  11. A fantastic card.....really great for guy.


  12. As a closet biker I love this card - mine was big and black though!


  13. Fabulous Vicky, the motorbike stamp is fab, think it will be on a lot of wish lists! x

  14. Hi Vicky. Your card is great, I love it. Jo x

  15. Love this image, lovely card!!

  16. Beautiful card, I love that red bike

  17. I love your motorcycle and the Top Note definitely gives it an edge! Great job!

  18. What a great card again Vicky, glad your son liked all his comments too, yes he is a star :O) Viv xx

  19. Vicky, this is one awesome masculine card!! I'm so glad we could put a smile on your son's face. Maybe he'll even have his own blog soon. ;)

  20. Gorgeous card, love that stamp. Glad your enjoying your bigshot, have you tried cutting chipboard or material on it yet???
    Jennie X

  21. A fabulous card Vicky. Love the red bike and the Top Note die is great for the background. Sue.x

  22. That motorcycle stamp seems to be a real hit! I love what you've done with it!

  23. fab card, love it!!
    great to see SU demos on this challenge.
    kelly xx

  24. WOW Vicky, every card i see on your blog is so gorgeous. You are full of inspiration and great tips. FaNtAStIc stamp of the motorbike and love how you have given it movement. A fantastic CAS card:-)

  25. Hi there, I came over as you had left a comment on my blog on my less is more post, and I meant just to look at your card. But I've spent quite a long while just wandering around your blog. Your cards are amazing! Thank you for your comment on my cards, it is appreciated. Sarah

  26. This is fabulous, Vicky! I love the image and the pale blue against the red really makes it pop. Thanks for your kind comments. those roses are really easy. it is just a circle cut into a spiral and curled from the outside in x

  27. Why is it that I find it nearly impossibly to pass a post of yours without commenting?!? You are a master at the masculine cards... and at the whole less is more concept, too. This card is perfect... how you've used the Top Note die horizontally on a vertical card makes it a nice frame and not girly at all... the crystal effects on the motorcylce is the perfect touch to make the card magnificent.
    Mother's Day in the states is next month... always a special day around here, but it's not always all about me... our son was born on Mother's Day in 1986 (yikes! that means he'll be 25!!) and I really love sharing the day with him. :)


Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x

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