Monday, 27 June 2011

Masculine Monday – using French Foliage

Good morning! Welcome to Masculine Monday - my weekly series to inspire you to make cards for the males in your life. Today I've been inspired by Natasha's great sketch on the Clean and Simple Stamping site and my fantastic French Foliage stamp set.

Come and see what I've done with them:

For my background, I decided to use this stunning paper from the Elegant Soirée designer paper range. I love how the tone-on-tone swirls give movement to the card - as if the wind is blowing the leaves about! (Or perhaps that's a bit fanciful for a Monday morning!)

I cut out a label to fit on top, scoring lines round the edges with the scoring blade on my Fiskars trimmer and sponging afterwards to add definition. My sentiment is a mixture of two sentiments - something I love to do and something that's easy when you have markers and a stamp-a-majig.

The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and cut out with my paper snips before being arranged on the card front. I always think leaves are a great image for male cards - or female ones come to that!

Supplies needed for this project:
Stamps: French Foliage, Hopeful Thoughts, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Early Espresso marker, Elegant Soirée designer paper
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I hope you had a lovely weekend. After our busy Saturday we spent a quiet family day yesterday. The sun seemed to be making up for lost time so we gathered together a picnic and spent the day wandering over the countryside together. There was a real holiday feeling that made it quite difficult to get back into school mode...

Thank you for popping in today for Masculine Monday. I'll be back tomorrow with some more crafty goodness and I'll hope to see you then.


  1. FAntastic Vicky!
    I love the leaves in the main catty, not that I've ever done anything as wonderful as this!

    Have a good day
    mandi x

  2. Lovely design again, but just to let you know that your BLOG posts have not been dropping onto FB since 6th June. Missing you ! Jenny.

  3. I love this sketch! I have just gotta try it! Love the way you used those leaves. Hugs xxaxx

  4. Oh my word Vicky - what a fab card! Love what you did with the sentiment - looks fantastic. Gill x

  5. Love this Vicky - reminds me of Autumn when the temperatures are a lot more comfortable than they've been today!!!
    M x

  6. A fabulous card and colours Vicky.

  7. I really like your take on the sketch - you're right this is a super set of stamps. Another one to add to the "I want" list! :) Great card.

  8. This is so lovely - such a fabulous stamp set - Jacqueline xx

  9. Beautiful card Vicky, love it, Gay xxx

  10. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous Mans Card it ...Fabby....
    hugs sylvie

  11. That stamp set is addictive isn't it?! This is a gorgeous masculine card!!

  12. What a beautiful card! I love it!

  13. Just gorgeous....I do not have the patience to cut out these leaves, but they look wonderful when you do!

  14. The leaves do look like they're blowing in the wind! Great card for a guy or a gal!

  15. A beautifully stylish card ! I can almost hear the wind rustling the leaves.


  16. This is a fantastic male card. Suitable for most men I'd say.

    Hugs, Sandra

  17. Wow wow wow a fantastic creation for anybody just love it!!! sorry i seem to be very behind on commenting Luv Sue x

  18. You are a master at combining sentiments. I really need to try that more often. Another perfect masculine card from you!


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