Saturday 26 May 2012

Masculine Just Add Ink

I am one of the apparently few stampers who enjoy making masculine cards, so I couldn't turn down the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week, which was to create a masculine project.  Many years ago, when I first started stamping, I had the job of making birthday cards for all the people at work.  Now working in the courier industry means it's a male-dominated environment, so most of the cards I made were masculine.  I really enjoyed it but struggled to find time to make the cards, so I handed over the reins to my mum, who has been making a couple of hundred masculine cards a year for about 5 years now.

Anyway, enough yammering.  This is my card for HSS119.  I used the cool sketch at Just Add Ink.  I stamped the log book image from The Open Sea all over the Crumb Cake layer, using Crumb Cake ink.  For the main image; I inked the ship with markers and after I stamped it onto the Crumb Cake cardstock, I masked it then over-stamped with the globe image.  Then every layer was distressed and sponged.

Products used (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated):

Stamps:  The Open Sea
Cardstock:  Early Espresso; Crumb Cake; Island Indigo
Ink:  Crumb Cake; Island Indigo
Accessories:  Early Espresso Marker; Circle Nestabilities; Sponges; Distressing Kit; Vintage Brads; 1/4" Circle Punch; Hemp Twine

Edited to add:  This card was given an Honorable Mention at Just Add Ink, as well as being a Top Pick at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Thanks so much, guys!



Christine Blain said...

Fabulous! I, too, love making masculine cards, and this one is GREAT. Love your use of the sketch, and it is way cool how you've overstamped the globe on top of the inked ship image, Karren. Love your style :) Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Diane Vander Galien said...

WOW!!! Love all the texture with the distress and sponging- so cool!!! Great use of the dsp!!! Perfect accents for a masculine card!!! Love the stamped image!!! Thanks for playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

Peanut said...

Great card, Karen. You certainly have a flair for making masculine cards... something I sorely lack. Love how you've stamped the image. Thanks for sharing.

LeroyLime said...

Karren, Such a FAB ManCard! :) All the distressed and rugged edges make this card warm, inviting and just plain cool! Thanks for playing along this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Krista said...

Very cool card, and I really like all the distressing. Sure looks like a treasure!! Great color choice, too! I'm glad you are in touch with the masculine world and joined us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Marilyn (stampwithMJ) said...

I LOVE this masculine card! I find making special guy cards challenging & yours has so many nice touches & embellishments that are purely handsome!! Love it!!

Elizabeth Price said...

This card is over the top WAY cool! The subtle circle layer over the ship is so AWESOME, that's my most favorite detail on your card. I am so glad to have visited your blog and thanks for playing our challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Smiles, Elizabeth

Erika Clark said...

Wow, you and your mum have taken on quite an endeavor, that's a ton of manly cards! I want to hang out with you crafty folks, making cards alllll day long! Your card is just outstanding...all the layers and texture, the little metal brads & twine complete the nautical look. Thanks so much for playing at Hand a stamped Sentiments! Erika

Nikki Spencer said...

Beautiful job on the masking Karren, it's a really great effect and the soft earthy colours work perfectly with your image..a fabulous guy card! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink.

Bobbie said...

Your card is a feast for my eyes! A show stopper. The layout works perfect with this set, and what you did with it... the distressing, the twine, the little circles behind the brads. So happy you joined us at HSS this week.

Stampin by Genny said...


You have been selected as a Hand Stamped Sentiments Artist Pick for your design this week! You have earned the HSS Artist Pick Badge to display on your blog.

Please email me to obtain the html code for the badge.

Thank you for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week!

Come play again!

HSS Design Team

inkedx2 said...

Love your card! It has a vintage look about it. Thanks for playing with us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Mae's Cachet said...

A great guy card. Love the textures. Thanks for joining in this week at Just Add Ink.

Jodene said...

I love that you have gone masculine with this sketch, it looks great! Thanks for playing along at Just Add Ink this week :)

Sandy said...

Great man card love the shabby look of it. gratz on the honorable mention.
Sandy :)