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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 13 April 2015

Two More For The Men

I had more men's cards to make last week as it was my SIL 's birthday and also his SIL's on the same day. I recently bought two Stampin Up embossing folders with mens cards in mind. Both are abstract in design and look quite stylish as well. I particularly like the diagonal stripes. This is the one I used  for the first card, embossing a piece of white card. I then used my brayer and a Kaleidacolor ink pad, Desert Heat to add some colour. This is a brilliant way to colour embossed card as the colour really stays on the raised areas only. I saw this technique  on  Liz's blog Crafty Sunflower, here, a few weeks ago and thought what a good idea. Thanks Liz. I also used an ink blending mat which really helps to spread and blend the ink onto the brayer for nice smooth look. I cut some dark red card to fit the front of a white A5 card blank leaving a very narrow border, and then trimmed the embossed panel down to fit on the red card leaving a slightly wider border and stuck the two together. I cut the greeting with a Britannia die, once from a snippet of the red card and twice from white snippets, and the layered them up and coloured the edges with a dark red Distress Marker. I laid it on a non stick mat and gave it a coat of Glossy Accents and left it to dry before adding it to the card. I also added some gold coloured brads to the top and bottom corners and a tiny gold coloured gem for dot over the i. I  tied some red and white bakers twine around before sticking it to the base card.

For the second card I made it basically the same way using the Zig Zag EF and Melon Melody Kaleidacolor ink pad, and mounting onto dark green card. I turned the base card around to make  it a tent style, and hand cut a banner from  a snippet of white card for the greeting, which is a Chocolate Baroque stamp, inked with the same ink as the background.  I used green and yellow bakers twine and three coloured brads for decoration.
My description here is a bit long winded but these cards were actually quite quick to make.
I used a few snippets here so I going to pop over to Pixies Snippets Playground with them, where a snippet or two  is all that is required to get in.
I am also entering at Incy Wincy Designs  - Embossing - Wet or Dry
                                 Creative Knockouts - Birthday Wishes.

Thank You for visiting here today and for your comments all of which I really appreciate.


  1. These are both great cards for guys Jean! I love anything diagonal, whether it's embossing or striped dsp, so the first card is special to my eyes! The 2nd one is fantastic with the way you colored it with 3 colors! Fantastic work here on these masculine beauties!

  2. What great embossing folders with male cards in mind and they take centre stage perfectly with just the addition of the inks, sentiments, brads and baker's twine. Two simple but effective cards Jean. x

  3. Two brilliant cards. Love those embossing folders. The effect looks great. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Two great cards, especially for men. Brayering ink onto the embossed card to colour it worked really well with these embossing folders. I must try it with a few more of my embossing folders. xx

  5. Two super cards Jean - and just perfect for chaps. Wonderful colouring of the embossing as well.


    Di xx

  6. Just gorgeous two fabulous cards with beautiful designs Love and hugs Carole x

  7. Two very stylish cards, the embossing backgrounds look fantastic.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Two brilliantly masculine style cards Jean!

  9. Great cards for our menfolk jean. I will certainly try brayering colour onto an embossed surface, because I usually make a right mess of doing it. Thanks for passing on the tip. Kate x

  10. Hi Jean,
    oh these are gorgeous.
    Love this fab idea of the brayering on the embossed card.
    such a very clever technique and wonderful for the male cards.
    Me thinks I need a brayer now.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  11. Lovely work Jean thanks so mcuh for sharing, love it!
    Thanks for popping over too! Shaz in Oz.x

  12. Beautiful cards Jean. Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy this week - Colette DT xx

  13. Lovely cards.. Thanks for joining us over at Incy Wincy this week..

    DT Pam