Hello Friends. Whether it's Father's Day, Birthday or just appreciation, we all need masculine cards from time to time. And I often hear customers say they have no ideas. Well today I have some great ideas for you using new stamps from Impression Obsession.
June FREE Make It and Take It
The photo of this card is a little misleading. The card is pictured on a white background with a black border so ignore those aspects. The central image is called Roadster Grill which, along with the Gears background stamp and the You Are A Classic sentiment stamp, portrays a handsome vintage automobile. The "Celebrate in Style" is a Hero Arts stamp from my stash. Stop in the store anytime and make this card for Free!
Same stamps with a different look. I stamped the Roadster Grill on kraft cardstock then watercolored it in red, finishing it with a spritz of water to make the ink run a little. I embellished the card with gears, die cut with Memory Box Gearworks Border and Mini Gears dies, and a brad with a "screw top." Design inspired by Dina Kowal.
Here's a third idea with these stamps. OK I am really going to date myself now -- this roadster reminded me of the old movie (1965 -- yikes!) The Yellow Rolls Royce with Rex Harrison so I thought it would be fun to play with an unconventional color scheme. I used a Diagonal Stripe background stamp from My Favorite Things and embellished the card with the same gears dies from Memory Box. Design inspired by Laura Fulcher.
The other new stamp I played with is the Truck Collage from Impression Obsession. I stamped it in black and colored the truck with Prismacolor pencils blending with Gamsol, an artist-grade odorless mineral spirit. We sell Gamsol in a convenient, sponge-top dabber bottle that results in a pretty, almost watercolor-like look since it essentially melts the pencil's waxy lines and erases any grainy appearance. Simply color in a stamped image with colored pencils and apply Gamsol using the blending stumps. Note: this technique is for colored pencils that are waxy (like Prismacolor) not watercolor pencils. Our Gamsol Kit includes a 2 ounce bottle of solution, 2 blending stumps and a sandpaper pad for sharpening the paper stumps. We also sell additional stumps.
If you haven't ever tried blending with Gansol, here's a link to a video that demonstrates the technique. The houndstooth square is stamped with one of the new Mini Pattern stamps from Impression Obsession. This card is based on one that Kathi Anderson designed.
Another sample with a tip: I stamped the Gears background in dark brown ink on the corrugated paper then stamped it several times in tan ink in the corner. This gives the sentiment stamp more depth and the card more interest.
The last card in our series features the Collage Truck stamp with a Gears border. The sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz Hashtags stamp set.
Here's another card I made using the Gears dies:
I used the same Memory Box gears dies and the Impression Obsession die set Greetings.
Retro Masculine Die
A must have die set for making masculine cards is the Retro Masculine set from Impression Obsession. Look at all the pieces: mustaches, glasses, hats, pipe and ties!
For this card I embellished the stamped sentiment (My Favorite Things) with the Retro set. The frames are from a frame in frame die from Impression Obsession.
Same Retro and Frame in Frame sets along with a thanks die from Paper Smooches.
This card was created by my friend and customer, Bea Mieckowki. I love the mix of papers and square brad embellishments. I am not sure if Bea inspired me or vice versa, but here's a somewhat similar card I made:
For this card I used dies from Paper Smooches (Frame 2 and Kudos Words) with the Retro Masculine set.
Just a few more samples that are classic masculine cards. For these Bea and I used the Taylored Expressions set All the Fixings stamp and die combo set and the Pegboard die.
To see other masculine card designs, please visit The Stamp Act Gallery here.
Huge Sale Continues
Don't forget that our huge sale continues until June 18. All Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Easter, Valentine and Graduation products are on sale 40% off. Stop in and shop and make a free card -- Chloe and I would love to see you! FYI: Chloe is feeling great these days and although this isn't the best picture, I wanted you to see her fresh from being groomed. Come say hello in person! Have a great day!