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Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Men in our lives...

Hi Everyone

June is the month of Father's Day on both sides of the Atlantic.  Male cards are always notoriously hard to do so I have made a quickie card, that could be used for almost any occasion.

I started by using plain white card, nothing special and embossed it using Tim Holtz Compass Texture Fade ( Embossing Folder).  I carefully coloured the sections with Gathered Twigs, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I used Tim's spritz and flick technique, using water to create the splotches in the background.

The Gentleman is from the Tim Holtz Time Travellers stamp set, I stamped him and coloured him with Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar and Broken China Distress Ink.

The charm and word band are from Tim's Idea-ology range, as is the clip.  I dabbed over the clip with Wendy Vecchi's Sky Blue Archival Ink and then added Sky Blue Embossing Powder and heated it.  I love using Embossing Powder in this way, the clip now looks like it has been enamelled.  The words on the charm (Wander) and the word band (the journey awakens the soul) have been coloured with Broken China Distress Paint (just generously coat with the paint, leave a moment or two and then wipe off the top surface).

To finished the card I mounted it on to some corrugated card (stained with Vintage Photo Distress Ink) from my stash and then mounted this onto plain black cardstock.

All of the items I used are from Inspiration Emporium, if you do decide to shop there, the postal rates are extremely competitive, both in the US and Europe and you can use my code Redanne to receive a 10% discount off your whole order.

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again soon.  Big hugs, Anne xxx





Products used:
Tim Holtz Time Traveller stamps
Tim Holtz Texture Fades - Airmail and Compass set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks -various colours
Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder - Sky Blue
Wendy Vecchi Sky Blue Archival Ink

35 comments:

  1. Super card Anne. I struggle with cards for the guys and this is a perfect design. Great colour combo too.
    Toni xx

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  2. My brother's birthday is later this month Anne and this card has given me food for thought of what to make for him. Thanks for the inspiration with such a fabulous male card.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  3. A very sophisticated card Anne with beautiful elegant touches that suit your gentleman perfectly. Super design.
    Hope your having a nice weekend. It's freezing in Scotland.
    Julie x

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  4. I always love what you do with this stamp Anne, you are so imaginative in the way that you do. This is a fantastic card. I think that masculine cards are so hard to do without it looking standard run-of-the-mill but you turn out these perfectly original and beautiful cards. You are definitely one of my favourite cardmakers to check out....even though I barely get time to do the blog rounds these days!

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  5. Brilliant design Anne and a fantabulous card. Love the way the treated clip turned out plus the blue letters in the metal bring it all together fantastically. Super duper work! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Nicola x

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  6. An excellent 'male' card Anne. You can do any style beautifully. That sky blue is a luscious colour I think.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend {{Hugs}} xox

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  7. Absolutely wonderful masculine card! love these colors! BArbarayaya

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  8. Your card is beautiful Anne x Love the background colours and embossing.....the traveller stamp looks great on that background. TFS and have a lovely Sunday.......still very cold and miserable in Scotland..............hopeful it might remain dry for today. We were certainly very lucky to have had such a great day for our mystery tour....dont think it has been nice since then.

    Take care Annie xx

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  9. Eine tolle Karte, liebe Anne.
    Die TH-Stempel sind wirklich einzigartig und immer wieder cool anzusehen.

    Liebe Grüße Sophie

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  10. Hi Anne this is a great male card. The colours are wonderful, love how you have coloured the gentleman especially his waistcoat x

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  11. A fabulous design and perfect for that much needed male card. Love it.
    Hugs Brenda xxx.

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  12. Great card Anne, love your embossed compass and the corrugated background. Striking colours but remaining masculine. Have a great dat. Nikki

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  13. This is wonderful Anne. I love the image and the gorgeous colours. The embossing and corrugated background looks so effective.
    hugs Sue xx

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  14. Absolutely macho Anne. Live your enameled clip and the blue wordings on the band and charm. The man clearly rocks here.

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  15. Another gem from you Anne. It caught my eye as I scrolled down the `bloglovin' list and then I saw it was you. Love the vibrant blue against the brown and the embossing gives it that oomph that I so often miss out on with my stuff.
    Lovely.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  16. Fabulous card Anne, perfect for those 'hard to make cards for but we love them anyway' men in our lives. Enjoy the rest of the weekend xxx

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  17. Fabulous masculine card Anne, loving your compass background and you've coloured it so carefully, it looks amazing! This has a CAS feel to it even though there's lots of mixed media techniques, now that is impressive!!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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  18. Such a stylish creation ...I always struggle with the masculine theme
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  19. This is fabulous Anne, and I love your version of a 'quickie' card! lol The blues and browns are so perfect for masculine, and that compass background is brilliant! Adding that one to my wishlist for sure! hugs :)

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  20. Such a sophisticated card for the man in your life - let's hope that most men do not "wander"!
    Sandy xx

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  21. This is super fabulous Anne...quickie card? lol! I love the colours, the blue is fabulous! hugs Carole Z X

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  22. Perfect masculine card, Anne! Colours and designs fit so well, and the add of charms and band make the last final Touch.

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  23. I'm the opposite...male cards are easy, women cards are hard! LOVE him! LOVE the compass and the way you've colored him!

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  24. Thanks Anne, love it. I was in need of some inspiration.
    Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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  25. What a wonderful ultra-manly card, Annie! That tip about enamelizing the clip is awesome and it looks awesome with the charm! Another brilliant design, my friend! Gosh, men back then never smiled did they? It was a hard life. I'm glad I lived now. I like it when my man smiles, which he does often. Of course, the women were pretty darn grouchy, too, so I guess it all worked out and they suited each other! The end. Big hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  26. Fantastic masculine card Anne! Love the embossed inky background! So creative and artsy!

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  27. Hi Anne - apologies for the lateness of my commenting - its been very hectic here - I'm just grabbing a few minutes before picking the girls up! Your card is wonderful - I really love the time traveller gent - another one to add to my list - you would think it would be getting shorter lol! Looking forward to catching up with you on Friday. Big hugs Rachel x

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  28. Love the colour combo and it's a great male card. I think I need that embossing folder now.....! Elaine x

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  29. Fabulous! Anne I do love that stamp set n you have showcased the dapper Gentleman wonderfully with the compass background mounted onto corrugated card ( perfect choice ) n your chosen colours . As always your embellishments are ideal . HUgs x

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  30. A perfect gentleman's card, and as you say, could be for any occasion. Love all the special touches that you add to make a card so uniquely your own. Thx for the tip on embossing the clip. Never thought of trying that, but it did indeed look enameled. Great work, as usual. TFS & Hugs

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  31. a really great card, love the colours and one of my favourite images x sorry I am so behind commenting!

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  32. Fabulous Father's Day card, Anne!! Completely love the 'enameled' clip! XOXO-Shari

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  33. what a great masculine design Anne - love the brown and blue colors - nice design with the cardboard and metal - I agree with you, loving the embossed metal! Julia xx

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  34. Well, you already know I love the colours! Great design, and I love the vivid blue on the metal embellishments - so cool!
    Alison xx

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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