Monday 17 October 2011

Autumn Splendor male card

Good morning! I'm here with another in my weekly series of male cards, and today I thought I'd take my inspiration from the season. Buckingham is looking beautiful in its autumn colours so I thought I'd create a sheet of autumnal print with my Autumn Splendor stamp set.

Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso make a fabulous autumn colour combination on the Very Vanilla card stock. But what can you do with it once it's stamped? Well there are all sorts of ways to use it but this is one of my favourites:

EDITED TO ADD: And, as my friend Jacqueline pointed out, it's perfect for this week's challenge over at Make My Monday where they're asking for autumn cards using inchies!

My square punches get almost as much use as my circles because I love a layout with a group of three tiles on it - and the punches make short work of that. I punched three squares out of my stamped sheet using the 1 1/4" square punch, then three larger squares out of Always Artichoke card stock using my 1 3/8" square punch. I usually sponge the edges of the smaller tiles to give them a bit of extra definition and then it's just a case of sticking the smaller squares onto the larger ones to make the tiles.

This is a favourite embellishment of mine for male cards - I cut five equal lengths of linen thread, feed it through a hole punched through the tile and tie it in a knot. I ran part of the card front through my crimper before mounting my tiles on it using dimensionals. Have you noticed the card stock? It's Confetti Cream, a lovely heavyweight card with little flecks in it and I think it really adds a certain something to a clean and simple design like this one.

The 'thanks' comes from a stamp that says 'A note of thanks' but using markers and a stamp-a-majig you can take any part of a sentiment and even combine them. My markers and stamp-a-majig are absolute essentials to me and I highly recommend them. If you'd like to spread the cost of these over a period of six months and earn yourself some freebies into the bargain, why not join my Stampers 6 club? There's a new group starting in November - check the details here.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, French Foliage (for the splodges), Thank You Kindly
Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Stamp-a-majig, hole punch, linen thread, square punches, crimper
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've had an excellent weekend. It's been a bit hectic here because the Charter Fair came to town and naturally all my children decided they had to go! My youngest son made me laugh when we were asking what his plans were. "You just drop me at the meeting place and give me some money," he said and then added kindly: "You can leave the rest to me!"

Goodness is that the time? I must dash as I'm having my hair cut this morning. My hair is quite wavy naturally and I've straightened it for the last few years, but I'm embracing the wild and free look these days so I think a few extra layers might come in handy! I might get a picture if I'm brave enough...

Thank you for visiting and have a happy Monday,


  1. Love this! Great use of stamps to make the background. You've probably got some left to use on another card. Hope you got a good haircut.

  2. Hi Vicky
    Wow!!!!!you are soooo this i must try it if you don`t mind its gorgeous......
    Hugs Sylvie

  3. Love it so much V!! Glad your kids survived the fair! Looking forward to seeing that photo!!

  4. I love the three tile layout too and you have created a superb version here. Your patterned paper is lovely. I am really enjoying the autumn colours right now too.

  5. What a great card! Love your use of the linen thread, and I just love the rustic look of your card, Vicky. Please do put a post-haircut photo up!!

  6. hi vicki,
    love your autumn leaves paper, and your card. all those little details..crimping, edging the tiles, matting the tiles... add soo much.
    thanks for sharing and inspiring me to make some myself.
    have a great week!
    marty ferraro

  7. Fab card Vicky. Love the autmnal feel you've created. I think it's so satisfying to create your own DSP and it looks just great!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  8. Love your stamped background, fab for making a batch of cards quickly. Great use of the linen thread too.

  9. A fabulous Autumnal card. I love your stamped background and colours.


  10. Hi Vicky

    Lots of lovely little touches on this one .. .. a great finished look that is suitable for so many types of cards.

    Fabby colours too.

    I hope the kids enjoyed their outing and that you are pleased with your hair. Will await a piccy .. .. if you are feeling brave LOL!!!

    Have a great day.

    Love Jules xx

  11. Hi Vicky,
    beautiful colour combination resulting in an elegant understated card.
    Confetti cream seems so underused but gives such a lovely effect; must add to my next order !
    Jane x

  12. Brilliant card. Very autumnal.

    Hugs, Sandra

  13. OOh this is spooky - have you seen my new challenge on MMM? This would be so perfect for it!
    Great card and a lovely colour combination and the added linen thread is the perfect fininshing touch. - Jacqueline xx

  14. My goodness Vicky this was quick though I can now see why from Jacqueline's comment above!
    Really gorgeous card, just love the leafy paper and the tiles look fabulous with the knotted thread and the crimped detail.
    Thanks for entering the Make My Monday Autumn inchies challenge and wishing you lots of luck.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  15. Great minds and all that, check out my blog. I love your inchies card. thanks for your support of Make My Monday again. Cheers Caz

  16. Such a gorgeous card Vicky. I love the colours of autumn. Such lovely stamps and so clever how you've used inchies for your card. Sue.x

  17. Great card and quick of the mark this week with it. Thanks for joining in with us again at Make My Monday.


  18. Displaying your brilliance again Vicky - the card is lovely. Hope you like your new hairstyle and don't forget to post that photo!!
    M x

  19. HI Vicky,
    This is so simple and SO effective, a great idea, I'm sure I shall use at sometime.

    As I haven't been blogging for a while, I have just had a look through from when I last commented, WOW! you have done GREAT work, as always :) Love them all (as always)

    thanks for the comment on my card and poster :)

  20. Such a gorgeous finish to your cards, nice twine finish and I think the crimped effect looks stunning. I can never get mine to run straight!

  21. Beautiful cards Vicky, can't wait to get my Autumn stamp set from you

  22. That's a great idea to create your own background paper then use it as you need it. Your inchies look great, especially with the Confetti Cream and that bit of linen thread.

  23. This is so pretty Vicky, great idea to stamp out the design on a large piece of card and then cut it up to use. Perfectly masculine card :)
    Jenny x

  24. These inchies make a very classy card! So perfectly simple.

  25. Vicky - this is just fabulous - love the sheet of paper you've made and the way you've used the squares on your card - just fab!

  26. This is so amazing! Your colors are superb and your layout is marvelous!

  27. Vicky were quick of the mark! Another simply stunning creation from you. You never fail to impress! Thank you for entering the Make My Monday challenge!

  28. This was the first SU Set I bought when I was in the UK and its fab ( note to self must use it more often ) clever idea the cut outs looks very stylish .


  29. Hi Vicky.. love the clean simplicity of this card... thank you for joining Make My monday
    Suzi B xx

  30. Hi Vicky what a brilliant card and thanks for the tip of how to use those million stamped backgrounds in the drawers we all have them and never use them har har Luv Sue x


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