20 January 2013

Man Card

You will hear a collective groan resonate across cardmaking sororities when mentioning the problematic task of making cards for men.  A distinct hole exists in the market for papier and products pertaining to the sterner of our species, making it virtually impossible to come up with a design that does not revolve around nautical or sporting themes.  Don't misunderstand me, I love a good boat as much as the next crafter, but some variety is desperately needed here.
 
 
Enter the very clever Michelle from Stampin' Up.  This was a card that we made during a class last year, incorporating some techniques that were completely new to me.
 

This section of the card was made using a technique known as Cracked Glass.  Several images (it looks like four in all) were stamped on some card that was then cut out to fit the brown frame above.  The card was then embossed three times in its entirety using a clear embossing powder.  It was then placed into a freezer for about 10-15 minutes.  Once frozen, the card was bent, actually cracking the embossed finish.  We then rubbed a brown paint over the final surface, rubbed off the excess, allowing the paint to embed itself in the cracks. This gave the overall vintage appearance, very effective.
 

I love it when effects are achieved with simple techniques.  The above frame was punched out using the Stampin' Up Decorative Label punch.  A second frame was punched using blue card (don't quiz me on the exact name of the colour, "blue" will have to suffice here).  The frame was then simply cut in half, the halves separated by about 1cm and then glued to the back of the lighter card. A simple border that matched the buttons on the top right of the card.
 
Man card completed; avoiding the obvious themes and all with the use of colour and texture.

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