Monday, 5 September 2011

Masculine Monday - Metallic French Foliage

Well the summer holidays are drawing to a close and Masculine Monday is back here on Crafting Clare's Paper Moments - which means I'll be starting each week with a male card! Lots of people tell me that they can never think of male cards, so I hope that some of my designs might inspire you.

Talking of inspiration, there's a fabulous colour challenge over at Less is More this week where Chrissie and Mandi are asking for metallics. I knew straight away what I wanted to do so I reached for my beloved French Foliage set and got out my embossing powders... This is the result:


I stamped the largest leaf in three layers on Early Espresso card stock. The leaves on the first layer were clear embossed, those on the second layer were embossed in silver and the top layer in gold. The frame effect is easy to achieve by rubbing the edge of the card stock with the versamark pad and embossing in silver. The panel was matted onto Early Espresso card stock for greater contrast.


I wanted to embellish the panel a little so I wrapped it with silver elastic threaded with charms. I made these by triple embossing some card stock in gold and punching shapes out of it. While the tag charm was still tacky, I stamped it with the 'love' image from Tiny Tags. The elastic cord is on the Last Chance List I'm sad to say, so it's only available while stocks last - £3.95 per reel, in gold or silver.) 

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: French Foliage, Tiny Tags
Ink: Versamark
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, scrap of Whisper White
Other: Clear, silver and gold embossing powder, heat gun, silver elastic cord, small heart and medium jewellery punches, paper piercer
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. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off, available only while stocks last.

My children all go back to school on Wednesday of this week so I've been spending the weekend buying the school uniform a more sensible and organised mother would have bought six weeks ago. I hang my head in shame but it's done now and just needs to be labelled. So what are the chances of that getting done before Tuesday night?!

Thank you so much for coming to visit me today. I really appreciate all your comments and emails and answer every one if there's a way to do so. Welcome to my new followers too - I'm always so pleased when people decide they'd like to come back and see more. And there certainly will be more! I have lots to show you this week, so I'll hope to see you again soon.






35 comments:

  1. Beautiful stamping, as always, Vicky! And your metallic embossing looks fabulous!!

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  2. Hi Vicky
    Another stunning Mans Card ....love it ....
    hugs sylvie
    xx

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  3. Love your embossing Vicky, beautifully executed as ever! Like the wrapped cord, it's something I never think of doing, note to self, remember this for the future!! Don't envy you the labelling of the school clothes, are they iron on? :)
    Val x

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  4. Fabulous, Vicky! You always inspire me. I love the grungy, unstructured look of your stamped panel - great job.

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  5. Overlaying three layers of different colour embossing has created great texture and design. All the metallic colour has created something of a mechanical feel which works perfectly for a masculine card. ( I know foliage isn't mechanical but it just has that feel to it.) Have a great week.

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  6. This is wonderful!
    My fave stamps too! I love all that texture and different metallic colours, It's terrific. The wrapped cord and tags are super. I tend to punch and emboss rather than emboss and punch as I like the rounded edges it gives to cut out shapes. I have to say it would be extremely fiddly however, with shapes this tiny!
    A stunning card Vicky, thanks so much.
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  7. This is gorgeous Vicky! I love these metallic leaves. I tried to double emboss in this way before, but the layers just melted into each other, how did you get it to work?

    And you asked about my stitching - I do it bu eye, and make sure the edge of the panel I'm stitching on is directly in the middle of the foot - it usually works, but sometimes still goes a bit wonky! Good luck with the labelling, I did some last night, just another 8 Shirts to go sigh!

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  8. Love love love this metallic collage Vicky and so perfect for a masculine card too :)
    Jenny x

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  9. Stunning card Vicky - must try this myself, love this set so much - Jacqueline xx

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  10. I love all the gorgeous texture on your card, really it's a work of art!

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  11. Stunning Vicky as always. You really are an artist.
    Lynne xxx

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  12. Good morning Vicky glad to see masculine Monday back ! Fabulous card very striking indeed fantastic texture and just love those little tags and the silver elastic.

    Marie

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  13. Love your design on this one. The metallic panel is gorgeous. x

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  14. Gorgeous card Vicki, love the embossing and your little tags. Carol x

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  15. Fabulous embossing Vicki, I've never tried different layers of embossing like this. xx

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  16. wow, wow, wow... gorgeous card!!

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  17. This is absolutely STUNNING an amazingly beautiful card, I LOVE it and I think anyone would love it not just the male of the species.

    PS, Thank you so very much for the lovely comment on my card Vicky, from someone who is so clever, it means a lot, thank you.

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  18. Vicky ,this is stunning !!! Your wonderful creations with this set have tempted me to purchase it, which will be very interesting as it's way out of my comfort zone lol. We shall see .............
    Julie x

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  19. Fantastic card Vicky...Stamper Extroridnaire!

    Love the colours you have chosen
    Thank you
    Mandi
    "Less is More"

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  20. Sorry is that spelt wrong? lol

    mandi

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  21. Stunning and gorgeous Vicky!
    Hope you got your name tags in!!
    M x

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  22. I meant
    Stamper extraordinaire

    Got there in the end lol
    mandi

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  23. Great card, Vicky and a fantastic new blog style. Your card is very elegant, not only men will like it :D Janna

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  24. This card is amazing Vicky! I love the different colors of embossing.

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  25. This is so gorgeous, beautifully stamped! Lisa x

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  26. This is fantastic Vicky, and I love how the embossing has added texture.

    I'm sure you'll get more crafting done with the kids back at school, so every cloud does have a silver lining!!

    Bev.x

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  27. Vicky, this creation is just gorgeous. I really love the different embossing powders and the affect that they bring to your project. Beautiful work!

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  28. Oh Vicky you always amaze me, what a super super card again!...I am so happy I don't have to label all my childrens clothes/stuff anymore....just can't believe my eldest is 40 next year...how did THAT happen !!!! :O) Viv xx

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  29. Great metallic texture Vicky and perfect for a bloke too. Congrats on being CASEd

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  30. This is just gorgeous! You really do make the loveliest cards!

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  31. Wow, Vicky! This is stunning! I haven't managed to have a go this week, but see you have been cased by Lady LIM herself, so well done you! A truly inspiring creation!

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  32. Wow - stunning! Don't know how I missed this project you did until now! Thanks for your email re my blog. Can't work out what is wrong, have tried to change a few things so will see if that makes a difference! Nx

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  33. Gorgeous!! I love this more than words can say.

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