Friday, 24 January 2014


Man card!
Made my mind up to do some cards suitable for men and this is the first. I am going to use this stamp agin so you'll probably be fed up with it in a week or so! Having done a couple of CAS cards I didn't really wnat to do another just yet - sometimes I find it good to be messy and fussy - the only trouble is you can't be too fussy with 'man cards' can you - cos the recipient thinks you're barmy if you adorn it with flowers and ribbons... nuff said.
So I made messy instead.
Completely unhappy with this pic which has given it an 'orange' tint hasn't it when IRL it definitely is reds and browns! Light here has disappeared dramatically in the last twenty minutes!
AND I CONFESS......... instead of using papers from my stash I printed out these instead - LOL!! So much for using up the paper mountain in the boxes... I have promised myself I WILL use up some from the boxes on the next one!

For a change I used Kraft card as the base for this one.
Layered, distressed and stitched all the papers and then scrunched up some card and smoothed it out before stamping the ship and sentiment. The ship stamp is from an Artemio set, the sentiment is from a set called Nautical Collage and the little compass is from I don't know where!
All stamped with Vintage Sepia.
The Distress Ink used throughout is Tea Dye.

I found a red brad in my stash so used that to secure the large banner and the map tag is a free digital download from a blog called 'Call Me Victorian' which has to be one of the best free vintage download sites around!
An old bit of string wrapped round the banner and knotted finished it all off.

Challenges -
Paper Crafting Journey - Vintage/Distressed/Shabby
Fab n Funky - Words
Always Something Creative - Stitching
Art Impressions - Trips Ahoy
Craft Room - Water based
Crafty Hands - Put a Tag on it
Daring Cardmakers - Stripes
Fussy and Fancy - Vintage
Totally Papercrafts - One for the Boys

I hope you're all having a good day and wish you a fab weekend! x


Irish Cherokee said...

Yer got me interest pic'd. This ol' navy dog love's ye card matey. I really was in the Navy. And Victorian yet.


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

A great card Viv love the image and sentiment. The stitching looks great and love the inking. Susan x

meine-bastelarena said...

Wow such a gorgeous male card. Wonderful distressing, love the monochrome color scheme and of course the words! Thanks for playing along with us at Fab´n´Funky Challenges. Have a wonderful day and good luck! Hugs, Sujin

Sue said...

Fabulous men's card,love the colours and papers.

Pia S said...

I love seeing male cards and I love nautical themed cards, and this is a great combination of both! The distressing and stitching are beautiful details, so perfect for a vintage feel.

Sue said...

This is fabulous Viv, such a great image, I love the colours and wonderful detailing.
Sue xx

Meggymay said...

Fantastic vintage card Viv, know what you mean about the light these winter days.
Yvonne x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the fab image and great

Wendy said...

Absolutely fabulous Viv...hope you have a lovely weekend.
Wendy xx

Jackie said...

I could never get fed up with images of sailing ships. Love the card and the papers are fabulous :o)
Jackie xx

Suze Bain said...

Fab card Viv, love that ship and the stitching and twine add great texture. Now get your finger out and use up some of that paper stash! Lol xxxx

TiinaR said...

Gorgeous card! I love the image and fantastic layout.

Thanks for playing along with us a paper Crafting Journey- challenge.

Have a nice weekend



Svenja said...

Awesom! I love monochrome cards, and this one is perfect for a male theme. Thanks for playing along with the Daring Cardmakers this week!

Beccy said...

Great card - love the ship ab=nd great choice of papers thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky Beccy x

Paper Junkie said...

Love this card Viv and I have the stamp too - time for me to confess - haven't used it yet! But I am going to dig it out as I need some men's cards soon. This one would be perfect for my daughter's father-in-law as he was in the navy - so yes please more of the same. As for the paper printing - that's allowed - got lots of plain stuff to use too. X

♥Gemma♥ said...

I love, love, love this card hun and the distressing looks fabulous!!
hugs and xxx

Pat said...

Gorgeous vintage card, love the image and the beautiful words. Thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funkthis week.

Pat xx

Beccalite said...

Gorgeous, love the colour tones and vintage feel.

Thanks for coming over and joining in with our 6th Challenge - Put a Tag on It at CraftyHands Challenge Blog.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Shelby said...

Perfect masculine card and messy is spot on for men!


Judy Corner said...

This is a fabulous male card. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with 'Fussyand Fancy' and good luck with the Challenge. Judy DT x

Nicky said...

Great male card love the tones

sue w. said...

What a fabulous card. I love the monochrome colours and super distressing and the image and layout is just perfect. Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts.
Hugs Sue W.

coops said...

stunning male card viv.great image and colours and i love your distressing ;D

xx coops xx

Annie said...

Stunning collage and wonderful colour. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight
Hugs Annie x

Stine said...

Thanks for joining us at ASC.
HUgs stine

Gabi MeWi said...

Great male card.

Kerry said...

What a great piece! I especially love the vintage feel and the nautical theme. Thanks so much for joining us at Art Impressions' challenge!

Debi said...

Great nautical card, love the vintage feel you've created, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

hazel said...

A wonderful card for a man, lovely details, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-Room challenge.
Xxx Hazel.