Monday 6 June 2011

Masculine Monday – Plane and Simple birthday

Good morning! I always like to start the week with a male card and this week I've been inspired by the St Luke's Charity card challenge. This is a monthly challenge set up to raise funds for the St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield - once you've made your card, you send it to the address provided and they are able to sell them. The hospice provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families and I am proud to participate in such a cause. They cannot have too many cards, so I do hope you'll join in!

The challenge this month is to make a card using a flying theme. Birds, angels, butterflies... there were so many motifs to choose from! But in the end I went with the aeroplane from Plane and Simple to make this bright card:

The acres of cloudy blue sky really pop against the Real Red card stock. To make the clouds I have a mask I made by punching out some different-sized circles and sticking them together so that they look like a caterpillar! You just hold this down and sponge around the curved bits at the top, then move the template to a different angle and sponge again - and so on until you have the effect you want. Here's a closer view:

I stamped the aeroplane onto the sky and added another cut-out one on top for a bit of dimension. There are other details too - like the double line at the bottom and the little stapled tab.

The banner is made with the Modern Label punch - I just trimmed it to shape and sponged it with So Saffron ink before 'tying' it to the plane with a Basic Grey marker.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Take an A5 piece of Real Red card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Cut another piece 13.5cm x 9.5cm and stamp the bottom with the double line image using Basic Grey ink. Stick this to the card front using dimensionals.
  • Cut a 7.5cm x 13cm piece of Whisper White card stock and sponge with a cloud design using the technique described with the photos above. I used Marina Mist ink for this.
  • Stamp a plane in the clouds using Basic Grey ink. Now stamp another onto a piece of scrap card stock and colour it with Marina Mist ink and a blender pen. Cut it out and stick it over the top of the first plane using dimensionals.
  • Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. Cut it out using the Modern Label punch. Trim this into a banner shape and sponge with So Saffron ink. Draw two lines representing string coming out of the back of the plane and add dots to the banner where the string would attach. Glue the banner down and add Crystal Effects to the dots.
  • Cut a circle of daffodil yellow card stock using a 3/4" circle punch and staple to the edge of the cloud panel. Stick the panel to the card front.

Stamps: Plane and Simple
Ink: Basic Grey, Marina Mist, So Saffron
Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Yellow
Other: Circle punches, a stapler, markers, Crystal Effects

You might have looked at this stamp set and thought it was too specific to be useful, but I can't tell you how much I use this set and for so many different types of card too (like this one, or these, or how about this?!) I don't wish to bore you as I know I've said it before - but the sentiments are brilliant too! As always, I would be delighted to supply you with any of the items you need to make this card. Just send me an email or give me a ring on 01280 820593 and I'll be happy to help.

Oh dear. I have a busy morning ahead trying to put the house to rights after our busy half term so I'm off to do the Dance of the Feather Duster! (I'm just trying to make it sound fun but frankly, it's not convincing anyone is it?!!) See you tomorrow,


  1. This is gorgeous, Vicky! You always work wonders with this set and I love the half-circle stapled detail on the side. I know this card will be appreciated, especially by the male patients at the hospice!

  2. What a high flying card! I love the soft blue with the bright red! It's such an uplifting card and sure to be bought in a hurry!

  3. This is a fab guy's card, the vintage plane is a wonderful image, and I like the sponged sky effect.

  4. Great sky and all your colours work so well together. Hope you had a lovely weekend Vicky - Jacqueline xx.

  5. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous mans card the are amazing with your ideas.....

  6. This would make a great Fathers Day card Vicky
    Just perfect x

  7. Love how you've used the plane this time Vicky and the banner looks so realistic. Thanks for the tip on making cloud masks too.
    Jenny x

  8. What a fab card! Thanks for the info on the sky.

    Hope you've finished "dancing" by now!

    Hugs, Sandra

  9. Hi again, fabulous card and a great charity, your cards are just fabulous Vicky:0) I want to Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it, hugs Gay xxx

  10. What a gorgeous masculine card - the plane is just perfect for our challenge! Thank you for supporting us again this month - it means a lot to see you come back each month :-D
    I love your sky effect - I thought it was airbrushed so will definately have a go at it now I've seen how you do it. Thanks for the tips!
    Best wishes
    Tara x
    St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge

  11. Hope you had a successful time at the fayre!
    Another amazing male card,you have such brilliant ideas I will be trying the sponged sky soon.Regards, Bev.x

  12. Oh dear I can forsee a fight in the hospice shop with everybody wanting this card! So effective and bright it would cheer anybody up.
    Hope you danced with your duster and hovered with your Hoover and now everything is back in order!

  13. Oh Thanks Vicky. This is perfect for this months St Lukes Charity Card Challenge. I knew we could depend on you to come up with something this good.
    I now have a very strong image of you doing the " Shake n Vac" dance Rofl.
    Lynne xxx

  14. Gorgeous card Vicky. Every time I see you use the plane and simple set I think about adding it to my wish list!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  15. Brilliant card Vicky, I agree with Linda - they'll all be fighting over your cards! Oh and by the way, a duster - whats that :0)
    M x

  16. cool card. I just love the image of the plane

  17. Hi Vick
    Just seen we both won at the St Lukes Charity Challenge ...thats nice .....Congrats

  18. I hope your 'dance' went well !!!! I love this card, it's so manly. Your sponging technique is second to none. A xx

  19. Love the sky, love the plane, love the two lines under the panel, love the stapled circle, and love, love the banner made from the Modern Label punch. Such a creative pro you are! I think I need a really good masculine set... maybe when the new catalog comes out in the U.S. next month I'll scour it for something that fits the bill. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  20. Vicky thank you for supporting us again this month over at St Lukes charity card challenge.
    Just love your great masculine card and love the birthday banner


  21. Vicky - this is perfect for a guy! Love that bi-plane, reminds me of summer fetes!! Thanks for joining us again and supporting St Luke's Charity Card Challenge. Maybe we'll see you again this month? :))


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