Monday 25 July 2011

Masculine Monday with French Foliage

Good morning! It's time for some more masculine inspiration here at Crafting Clare's Paper Moments. In fact, I made this card for a girlfriend of mine who isn't well but, as it works equally well for males and females, I thought I'd post it today.

Oh by the way, I'm so excited to introduce you to my new card stock discovery - Naturals Ivory. It's a good thick, matt, pale buff coloured card with a very faint fleck in it and I think you'll be seeing a lot of it here! It costs £6.25 for 40 sheets so it's great value too.

I stamped my leaf design onto the card base in various green inks with Crumb Cake ink splodges, then drew a border 2cm in from the edges with my Crumb Cake marker. I masked it with the imaging sheet from my stamp-a-majig and sponged Crumb Cake ink on the outside of the border - this reminds me of those lovely linen tablecloths! Can you see the shaded line outside the border line? That's been done with a grey watercolour pencil and I really like the 3D effect it gives.

The sentiment I chose is from a really versatile set Hopeful Thoughts, although you could use almost any sentiment with this design. It's stamped in Early Espresso which works well with these natural shades.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: French Foliage, Hopeful Thoughts (sentiment)
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Crumb Cake marker, grey watercolour pencil
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.

Thank you to everyone who sent get well wishes to my youngest son - he's much better now. He's currently making an ice-cream fund jar to collect our spare change. His hope is that we save so many coins that we won't need to eat anything else on holiday - just ice cream! When I ventured to suggest that we might get just the tiniest bit fed up of ice cream he couldn't believe his ears!

I'm delighted to welcome my new followers - I'm so pleased that you've felt inclined to follow my blog and I hope you'll come back and visit often. I shall be back tomorrow with something made from snippets so I'll hope to see you then,


  1. Hi Vicky

  2. Beautiful card. Love how you stamped the leaves.

  3. Beautiful card Vicky. Love these leaves. I must ink mine up, only used the splodge stamp so far! I too am a huge fan of the naturals Ivory CS, I tried it completely by accident, but now I am hooked!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  4. This is a fab card, love those stamps they're so realistic.

  5. Please stop using new stuff I can't keep up! I really love this card and the outline in grey really makes it stand out. Well done again.
    Why not introduce your son to homemade ice cream so much nicer and I think maybe he could just live on that.
    Glad he is back to normal again and keeping us amused.
    Love Linda x

  6. Wow Vicky this is beautiful! How many times have I looked at the catalogue? Why have I never seen this card stock?? That's on my list to order next week.Sorry but I'm with your son this time - I could live on ice-cream, so long as it's chocolate!!!
    M x

  7. Fabulous card Vicky, love it, Gay xxx

  8. A gorgeous card Vicky, I love the colours and leaves.


  9. Hi Vicky, Another gorgeous card using those fab leaf stamps. Ideal for a masculine card!

  10. This is so gorgeous, Vicky! It would instantly make me feel better if I were ill. I love the subtle layering, too. BTW, I'm looking for a new SU demo. Do you know of anyone in Ontario or Canada?

  11. Hi Vicky,

    I just love these leaf stamps but what you do with them is magic. You make this card come alive and you've put depth in it (I hope my English isn't too bad). Simply gorgeous!!!

    Lins ;)

  12. Gorgeous card Vicky, love the leaf prints...could be a page from a botanists notebook :)
    Lol about ice love it don't they, sends my teeth into orbit :(
    Jenny x

  13. Wow, this card is perfect. Thanks for sharing! :o)

  14. Great card Vicky , you certainly know how to stamp and co ordinate another class act from you.


  15. You make such beautiful cards with this set. I believe I have to order this set and it's all because of you!!


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