Monday 20 February 2012

Masculine Monday - Everyday Enchantment

Mondays are male card days on my blog and today I wanted to show how designer paper can be a good starting point for a masculine card. I've chosen one of the Everyday Enchantment papers which are free with a £45 order as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion (click here to find out more).

I used this week's sketch at Clean and Simple Stamping to create the first card. This is what the sketch looks like (left) and this is what I came up with (below):

I kept the card neutral with just a flash of colour provided by the strip of designer paper and the sentiment. The stamping above the paper strip is from another free Sale-a-bration set, Fresh Vintage, and I chose it for the tyre mark effect!

One of the things Stampin' Up does brilliantly is coordinate colours, so I could easily have chosen to mat my image in the Pumpkin Pie of the designer paper. Instead I chose to go a shade deeper with Cajun Craze to add a bit of depth - it's a good trick!

I love this motorcycle image, particularly when it's stamped off the edge of a panel like this. I opted to leave it uncoloured to give the designer paper and sentiment more impact.

The sentiment is a combination of various elements from three different stamps. I love doing this and it's so easy with my stamp-a-majig. It also means I have an endless supply of unique sentiments!

Here's another clean and simple masculine card I made using the same designer paper - using it as the focal part of the design this time.

The edges of my Cajun Craze strip are pierced using my mat pack and piercing tool and I like the way it coordinates with the little holes created by placing my Postage Stamp punched squares side by side. I decorated the centres of the pattern on the designer paper with Pumpkin Pie brads...

... adding in a sentiment tag to the one on the left. So there we are - and who'd have thought that a paper pack named Everyday Enchantment would have been so useful for male cards?!

I notice that The Paper Players are asking for CAS masculine cards, so I shall enter these cards into that challenge.

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Motorcycle, Fresh Vintage (free Sale-a-bration), Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze
Other: Markers, Everyday Enchantment designer paper (free Sale-a-bration), stamp-a-majig
Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Ink: Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Other: Pumpkin Pie brads, white embossing powder, heat tool, Mat pack, piercing tool
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.
Click here to see all the free Sale-a-bration sets and don't forget to let me know which ones you'd like - remember, you get one free item for EVERY £45 spent!

My children have all gone back to school today so it's time for me to have a bit of a spring clean and tackle the laundry mountain! Have a happy Monday and I'll see you tomorrow.



  1. Two fabulous male cards Vicky. LOve the colours you've chosen!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  2. Absolutely super! I love the motorbike card!

  3. Hello Vicky,
    I love the way you have added in a touch of the DSP to these cards. I have the motorcycle stamp but find male cards in general difficult because of my crafting style ! Thanks for the inspiration ! I'll be thinking of you as I too am tackling the fall out from half term today !
    Jane x

  4. Stunning colours and layout! The papers give the stamping such a pop! Gorgeous!

  5. Both excellent male cards. I just LOVE the motorbike image! xxx

  6. I really do like that motorbike. I would never have thought to use these papers for a masculine card, they're both fab.

  7. Your motorcycle card is wonderful. I love how you stamped it off to the side.

  8. Such stylish cards Vicky, fabulous :) x

  9. Fabulous male cards Vicky and such lovely colours too. Good luck with the laundry - I too have a mountain to sort - what is it about Mondays and laundry?! - Jacqueline xx

  10. Both of these cards show interesting ways to use designer paper! The smaller pieces keep the cards clean and simple.

  11. Gorgeous male cards Vicky, I hate making them so nice to have some inspiration :) Viv xx

  12. I love both cards Vicky, a brilliant way to use design paper.

  13. Love them all Vicky, but if I had to choose a favourite it would be the last one. Hope you're cleaning went well!
    M x

  14. Are there you are, blogger is playing funny devils with your blog post on my dashboard!
    I do like to see what you've made for masculine Monday each week and I agree the papers don't suggest masculine from the name but they look brilliant how you've used them... the flash of colour behind the bike is genius and I love the patterned stamps..... A very masculine hobby, stamp collecting!!
    It's nice to have our houses back to ourselves isn't it :0)
    Jenny x

  15. Hi Vicky

    Catching up with you at last .. .. sorry I have been away so long. These Spring brides are taking up lots of time!!! LOL!!

    Loving your male cards. Especially the bike. My brother would love that!!

    Love Jules xx

  16. Masculine cards are always a challenge, your cards work really well. Helen (Sydney)

  17. Your masculine cards are fab. The little flash of paper really picks up the design and I love your tyre tracks! x

  18. Gorgeous papers as always. Enjoy your week.

  19. Hi Vicky
    Wowee! Another stunning card ....hugs Sylvie xxx

  20. Those are some great manly man-cards. Those are so hard for me to do, but these are very inspiring!

  21. Well aren't you the clever girl?! Everyday Enchantment for a guy card is brilliant! Love how you've used the border from Fresh Vintage and the postage stamp punch squares are fab! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  22. These are great Vicky, I might have to borrow your ideas - you never seem to have any trouble with male cards! Richard is 40 on Saturday and I still haven't his card made....the longer I put it off the harder it gets :) Sarah x

  23. Fabulous cards Vicky love the delicate borders behind the images, simply wonderful, Gay x

  24. Love the bike stamp and the great colours once again, very stylish cards both of them.


  25. Vicki, they are both great cards. I love the colors you used and the stripe behind the cycle. Great job combining both challenges. So glad you shared your fabulous projects with the Paper Players this week

  26. Vicki, both of your cards are awesome! I really love the motorcycle card...WOW! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  27. Two gorgeous cards, the motorcycle is such a classic image, it makes a great card for a guy.

  28. Vicky, both of your cards are fantastic! I really like how you created the motorcycle card. Love that clean design, especially the detail you added behind the main image with the simple stamp and strip of paper. Very cool and an all-around awesome masculine card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

  29. Both cards are wonderful! The motorcycle card really caught my eye because I love how you stamped the image slightly out of the picture...Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

  30. Haven't done a CAS for ages! Thanks for reminding me! This is stunning! Hugs xxx


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