Saturday 9 March 2013

Birthday Boy!

Hello and welcome! Thank-you all so much for your phenomenal response to my last post (here) and a warm welcome to my new followers. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

This week I had to make a dreaded masculine card - I find these so difficult! Not surprisingly, it didn't go according to plan either! But never mind, here it is;

The part that didn't work out was that I wanted to colour the embossed/raised edge ridges in blue. I attempted markers but couldn't maintain a clean even pattern. I then tried to ink inside the embossing folder prior to embossing but couldn't achieve clean lines so had to abandon after several messy attempts. Maybe I should buy an ink brayer? Or go back to the classroom!

The ingredients:
Embossing Folders are from Sizzix Mail Set (I fussy cut out the embossed wings)
Stamps: Paris metro map by Artemio (Paris by Night) is tucked into the envelope and Kaisercraft 'Postmarks' for main image - all stamped in DI Salty Ocean
Papers: Melissa Frances (Countdown to Christmas) and Blue Faux Leather Paper from stash
Embellishments: Wheels are by Karen Foster Charms, Zipper is by Prima Junkyard Findings, Metal tab is by Making Memories
Cardstock and Brads: Bazzill
Blue Velvet ric rac by May Arts and Satin Ribbon from stash

Thank-you so much for visiting.
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
Lawnscaping Challenge - #53 Texture
Crafty Cardmakers - Masculine Birthday feat. tech/gadget
Cards for Men - Monochrome
Anything Goes Challenge - Make It Manly


  1. A wonderful male feeling card. Great use of all the metal elements.

  2. Hi Nicola, your card is brilliant, I quite like the white edging against the beautiful blue background. Love the badge in the top right corner. A really beauty of a masculine card! Hugs, Anne x

  3. Liking your masculine card Nicola with all its dangly bits. Annette x

  4. Nicola
    It certainly doesn't appear as though you struggle with masculine cards as this is perfect.
    The embossing is amazing, perfectly mimics the graphics on an airmail envelope. Wonderful little additions as well on your card.
    You are much too hard on yourself!

  5. This is brilliant Nicola, I like the design, that zipper and the badge,
    Kevin xx

  6. Fabulous male card, I like the white edging I think the wonderful blue sets it off!! Fantastic embellishments... Hugs May x x x

  7. Those are always my favorite to make! You did great! Love the snaps!

  8. A fabulous masculine card Nicola, perfectly put together and well worth you persevering with it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. Hi Nicola, your masculine card is original and very beautiful !!! Sure the receiver will LOVE it !! Hope the rain has finally stopped in Dublin... Here we had sun yesterday, but rain is already announced for today Grrrrr! Hugs, Coco xx

  10. A fabulous card Nicola...I love those metal embellishments! x

  11. stunning male card nicola.i love the blue and white and really fabulous design and details :D

    xx coops xx

  12. Fab card Nicola, love the colours and all the details, especially the gorgeous velvet ric rac, how yummy! I hope you've had a good weekend
    Claire xx

  13. This is cool as can be! Love all those different metal embellishments you've added, it's a great stamp you've used too, and the decorative embossed border is such a nice touch! Fabulous design!

  14. Well I think you've done a fabulous job with this card. Colouring embossed elements is always tricky - sometimes I put ink or wax on my little finger and rub lightly or I use a paintbrush. They may be worth a go? Hope you are enjoying your crafting and looking after yourself. Hugs, Jenny x

  15. Your card is fantastic, thank you so much for sharing it with us at ATG for our very manly challenge xhugsx Nikki

  16. Gorgeous card my dear friend^_^ I love the stamped and beautiful colours and detailing^_^
    Big hug,

  17. love this masculine card soo much.. lovely embellishment! thank you for playing along with us at Lawnscaping

  18. I think you rocked this masculine card! Love the white and blue with all your embellies, well done! So glad you joined us for our Monochrome Challenge at Cards for Men!

  19. I find masculine cards difficult too but I think you've made a fab card here! I have found a piece of cut n dry with distress inks and the lightest touch is the best way to colour embossed textures - maybe worth a try? Thanks for playing along at Crafty Cardmakers, good luck! Sharon x

  20. Great card, Nicola. Thanks for joining us over at Cards for Men and good luck with the challenge.

    Donna x

  21. Love the little zip. Great idea. Thanks for joning us at Crafty Cardmakers this time. Cxx

  22. Love all the little embellishments. Thanks for playing along with my masculine theme at craft cardmakers challenge this week.

    Rebecca x


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