All this week I'll be showing you cards I've created using Strength and Hope - a set created to help breast cancer research: Stampin' Up is donating £1 each time someone buys one...
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But wait - how on earth would you use this set for a masculine card? Well, it does seem very ornate, but there's a woodcut quality to this design that makes it work for male cards. Take a look at this birthday card:
The sentiment here is turned into a real focal point by the wood carving effect behind and, of course, you can easily change the sentiment to make the card suitable for any occasion.
It's was easy to make a frame effect with this flourish using my trusty stamp-a-majig. I coloured in the leaves and swirls using Early Espresso ink and my blender pen, adding to the wood carved effect.
Here's how to make this card:
- Colour the wood-carved image using Early Espresso and Riding Hood Red markers and stamp on a piece of Whisper White card stock. Turn the stamped image upside down and, inking up the stamp again, make a mirror image using a stamp-a-majig.
- Clean and dry the stamp thoroughly. Now colour just the large heart on the stamp and, again using your stamp-a-majig for accurate positioning, add a heart at each side to join the flourishes and create a frame.
- Colour the leaves and swirls using a blender pen and a little Early Espresso ink.
- Trim the card stock to 8.5cm square.
- Using Riding Hood Red ink, stamp the Happy Birthday stamp from Afterthoughts on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock. Cut it out (omitting the part of the sentiment in brackets) TIP: I used the 1 3/8" square punch to help me with straight edges. Glue the sentiment to the centre of the stamped frame.
- Cut a 10cm x 20cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold in half to create a card base. Attach the frame panel to the card front with dimensionals.
Stamps: Strength and Hope, Afterthoughts (hostess set)
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Card stock: Whisper White
I hope you've all had a great weekend - a very long weekend for my readers who live in the UK! We spent our Friday celebrating the royal wedding with some lovely friends and had just finished the most wonderful barbecued lunch when a violent thunderstorm sent us scuttling indoors. How British is that?! We didn't mind though, it was the perfect opportunity for us ladies to review The Dress and The Kiss and for our menfolk to look at each other in a bewildered way!
Now, if you didn't like my male Strength and Hope card today, please don't give up on this set! I want you all to own it so I shall doing my best to inspire you all week - do come back tomorrow to see!