Monday 28 February 2011

Masculine Monday - using Music Notes wheel

Good morning and welcome to my new series: Masculine Monday! It seems that lots of you are looking for inspiration for male cards and here is where you'll find it every Monday!

Today's card was made in the middle of the night when I came across this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge - to make a one layer card with music as the theme. A picture of my beautiful Music Notes wheel came into my head and then, despite the fact it was gone midnight, I just HAD to see what would happen if I got out some versamark and... Does that ever happen to you?!

The background was made using versamark ink, Baja Breeze ink and my new brayer. I've been wanting to try out brayering for ages but the only brayer I had was made of hard rubber and it didn't work properly. The Stampin' Up one is soft which makes it easy to get a smooth coverage. I got very excited while using it and this is definitely not the last time you see a brayered card on my blog!

Do you like the sentiment I used? I don't tend to use puns on sensible cards because they just make me giggle but I couldn't resist this one. Hopefully a sensible recipient won't notice...

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 7cm x 21cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock and score and fold it in half to make a card base. (You can make it any size you like - I just happened to have an envelope to fit this size.)
  • Roll the Music Notes wheel in versamark ink and run it halfway across the card front. Load it with more versamark and run it across again, this time at an angle.
  • Load the brayer with Baja Breeze ink and roll it repeatedly across the card front, starting and finishing off the card stock onto your scratch paper, until the whole card front is coloured evenly. (The Music Notes will show through as the versamark resists the ink - even without embossing.)
  • Ink the Music Notes wheel up with Basic Black ink and roll it off on the scratch paper until it fades. Now roll it over the top of the card front. Now ink the wheel with Not Quite Navy ink and layer it over the top, overlapping the other images. Add more layering at an angle from the bottom of the card.
  • Sponge the edges of the card with Not Quite Navy ink.
  • Add a sentiment in Basic Black ink, using a stamp-a-majig for accurate position.

Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Music Notes wheel

It was tremendous fun making this card. Why not have a go with this Resist technique yourself? You can get some great effects!

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Thank you for looking here today. See you tomorrow for more crafting fun,


  1. That card looks so cool, I love it. I got that stamp too and havent used it yet *shame*! Have a great start into the new week, Janna

  2. Beautiful card Vicky! I got this musical notes wheel for christmas and still haven't used it! Must recify that!!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  3. A great card idea, I agree the sentiment works well on this occasion. I didn't realise versamark resists without embossing on it.
    I too like creating when the rest of the house are asleep, I'm not on duty and time is my own. :)

  4. Hi Vicky
    Love the Masculine card ...very nice.....

  5. Hi Vicky,
    it is realy difficult to make masculine cards. I know what my man says to my cards. But your idea, to work with brayer an wheels is gorgeous. A great card with a perfect sentiment. By the way, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.
    Greetings Heike

  6. I really like this - great colour and you can't go wrong with muscial notes!

  7. What a great start to your new series. I love the pun too !!! A xx

  8. I love this Vicki, what a simple yet great idea, AND I own this wheel LOL

  9. I love the effects you got here with the versamark and the brayer. I am going to have to play with this technique, it looks fabulous.

    Heather T

  10. This is so beautiful I don't know where to start! I've never tried this technique, but I think I should!

  11. (Yes, it's me... here on a Monday... crazy, I know!) Great masculine card, Vicky! Looks like you definitely had fun with your new brayer. :) And, great idea for a new series. Almost every masculine card I do ends up with a few girly touches. Looking forward to learning from a pro!

  12. Oh how I love blue. And music. And this card!

    Awesome take on the challenge!

    Thanks for playing along with OLW42!


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