Friday, 7 March 2014

Like my hat?

Hello and welcome.

I needed to make a 'male' card (which like most of you I always dread) but resisted temptation to purchase and wondered how I might make it more easily. I've never made a card according to a sketch challenge so decided to follow the layout at Sketchy Colours to see how it might go.



I like the end result and enjoyed having to 'think less' re layout so will definitely follow a sketch route again.

Papers: Prima 'Printery' and 'Engraver'. Pion Design 'For Father'. All stitched on my little Ikea sewing machine.

Other Paper: Embellishments and centre image by Kaisercraft 'Sears & Son'.

Stamping: Some random stamping/embossing of clock and numerals using Crafty Individuals CI-354 not showing up too well as embossing done with Antiquities 'Weathered white' similar to paper shades.

Inks / Mediums: DIs 'Tea Dye', 'Vintage Photo' and 'Walnut Stain'. I painted hat portion, ties and moustaches with Decoart One Step Crackle. Used Stampendous 'Aged Ivory' for frantage effects. The clock is well coated with glossy accents.

Other Embellishments: Tim Holtz 'Ring Fastener'. Prima wood clock face. Brads and ribbon from stash.

Many thanks for stopping by and special thanks to new followers who signed on recently. It's lovely to have your company in blogland.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Sketchy Colours: Challenge #200
Vintage Udfording - Monochromatic
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Tick Tock
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge - Vintage or Retro
Inky Chicks - Monochromatic
Divas by Design - Let's hear it for the boys
Country View Crafts Challenge - Paper Chase

55 comments:

  1. Wow Nicola this is absolutely fabulous, I like everything about it!!
    Kevin xx

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  2. Nicola, I loooooove this! Such great vintage colors and strong masculine images. It's fabby! Thanks for playing along in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Vintage/Retro Challenge #3!

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  3. Fabulous! Great sketch and your result is wonderful! Love all the masculine elements you have added!

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  4. This is a stunner Nicola. Love the sepia tones and the shabby chic look.
    Did you know we have a new That's Crafty challenge blog with the first challenge starting today? The theme is Anything Goes and we'd love it if you entered.
    Fliss xx

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  5. A very masculine card! Love that! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  6. This has a wonderful masculine and vintage appeal Nicola, I just love the papers and design and your clever interpretation of the sketch. What a great job xx

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  7. Loving your quirky card, such a fab make. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. This is so cool. A vintage masculine card done wonderfully.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  9. oh my, this is amazing! I love all your embellies!! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Udfordring!

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  10. Oh, brilliant, Nicola! I love the patterned moustaches and texty tie - and the central image is wonderful. What an inspired use of your existing stash to creat a fabulous masculine card. Great grungy vintage look - I love it!
    Alison xx

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  11. This is such a gorgeous male card! Nicola. Love all those fabulous embellishments and elements. Wonderful design. :)

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  12. Thisis a great card! Lovethe papers and the elements you have added its great! Hugs trace x

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  13. I am just picking my jaw up off the floor....... this is fabulous Nicola! I love all the elements you added, the moustaches are fabulous and the central image is perfect. What a fantastic interpretation of the sketch too. Beautiful vintage look and just ..... fabulous!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  14. Stunning Card!
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Sketchy Colors. Good luck!
    Hugs, Mette

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  15. Oh Wow… this is awesome Nicola!! what a fab design. I love the vintage feel to this card… so many lovely details… the stitching… stamping… frantage… all gorgeous… everything has come together beautifully!
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!
    Hugs Sue B xx

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  16. What a fabulous looking gents card, Nicola. I love your interpretation, colours and the quirky use of ties and moustaches.
    Julie x

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  17. Wow! Awesome card! Male cards are hard to do but you really nailed it!

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  18. This is super awesome! I love the patina of it! Man cards are hard to make but soooo fun! You did a great card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  19. Gorgeous project Nicola! Love the masculine theme and the clock embellishment! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  20. Macho, macho, macho manly! Love the rich colors and the distressed look along with the frantage accent. . .great design and clever too!! Thanks for joining us and sharing your style at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  21. What a gorgeous card Nicola!!I always admire your work full of beautiful details and always unique! Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  22. Wow! This is a stunner Nicola - love it! Fab composition! It also qualifies for the Country View Challenges Blogaversary 'Paper chase' challenge this month too if you're interested. Have a lovely week. Chris xxx

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  23. This is gorgeous! I love the image and the mustaches!
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design!
    ♥ Sandra ♥

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  24. Fabulous male themed card! Love the vintage masculine colors and those ties for clock hands is very original and clever! Love this!

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  25. Amazing, just love this! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders!

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  26. I love sketches, because they either make it easier because the layout is pre defined or they make you try something you otherwise would never have tempted!
    You've made a fantastic male design, fab vintage look!

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  27. Only a billion things to do Nicola lol. Your card is just FABULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL, you were right to follow a sketch for this time...although I guess you would have created also a masterpiece without haha!! Hugs xxx

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  28. Nicola... Your vintage card is spot on gorgeous! I always enjoy seeing your work because it is always so beautifully crafted. Love the composition of this piece. The masculine vintage feel is really done well! I also wanted to thank you for the very nice comment you left on my blog. Hugs, Candy

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  29. Fantastic card!! All the elements are absolutely perfect. What a clever idea to use ties as clock arms! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  30. Gorgeous male card, Love the images, Fabulous vintage look...amazing work as always... Hugs May x x x

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  31. This is great Nicola. You could retain that layout for when you need a male card again. It is always great to have some layouts to fall back on. Judy x

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  32. stunning male card nicola.i love your texture and colours and the vintage image is fabulous ;D

    xx coops xx

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  33. Fantastic male card Nicola. Love your use of the ties and mustaches, and the stitching is a great addition, it frames the panels wonderfully. Best wishes, Geraldine.

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  34. Nice male card! You did a wonderful job. Thanks for joining Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

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  35. Just love this vintage masculin card. As always your attention to details is amazing, all the elements are perfectly designed and crafted. Simply an eye candy.
    Hugs, Katie

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  36. Love the vintage card, love all the details. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  37. Oh yes...I like your hat...and tie...and stache! Way cool and yummy grungy vintage!!!

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  38. Love it!
    The tie style clock hands are so adorable :)
    I love all the little details too.
    Happy crafting!

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  39. This is such a pretty project. So many details...a feast for the eyes! Thank so much for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.....I hope you come back and play again soon! Ginny from Polly's Paper : )

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  40. This is amazing, Nicola.
    Please forgive my lack of commenting lately, I will try and get back on track soon,
    Rosie x

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  41. wonderful card...love all your detail...lizzi vintage challenge

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  42. Wonderful male card. Love all details. Great embossing on the main image.
    Joanna

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  43. Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment about the Tag Friday posts. You are always so kind with your thoughts. <3 Candy

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  44. It 's spectacular, Nicola!!

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  45. Well done on your win at Simon Says for this beauty Nicola! Hugs, Anne xx

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  46. Nicola this is brilliant, don't know how I missed it until now, love it to bits and it so deserves a win at Simon Says Stamp!!

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  47. Totally fabulous! Congrats on your win at Simon Says... this is gorgeous!

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  48. Fantastic project Nicola and such a fabulous effect with all the tissue and inking, I love the inside too. Chris x

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  49. GREAT masculine card! I love all of the vintage elements. I, too, love following a sketch when making a card. Really nice job. :)

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  50. Oh my word Nicola this is a triumph. Simply love the papers and elements you have used, great image of the man.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  51. Fantastic card Nicola ! Love the ties for the clock hands, brilliant ! Thanks for joining us at CVC. Sue C x

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  52. Congrats at SSS! Great manly card!

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  53. Absolutely fantastic card Nicola. Masculine all the way.

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I really appreciate every comment - they make my crafting so much more worthwhile. Thank-you for stopping by. Nicola x