Masculine Mixed Media Card

Today I am sharing a Masculine Card I made. The card I created I wanted to be very neutral.  What I mean by neutral is Occasion neutral.  Something that is clearly masculine but could be used for any thing.  This is what I came up with….

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It’s not secret I love grunge.  So I created a grungy embossed background that I then layered embossed chipboard over the top before adding a stamped fussy cut image.

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The Colour Blast Embossing Powder is super shiny and difficult to photograph.

As for the stamped man, he is from A Stampers Anonymous collection of stamps I recently purchased with this task in mind. I coloured him using the new Colour Blast Shimmer Powders.  I’m not much into fussy cutting but I think I might do it more often as it is a great way to use your stamps.

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There is a process video that goes along with this card too you can check it out here

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ENGAGEMENT CARD | COLOUR BLAST DT

BONUS! This month has me having a third share on the Colour Blast Blog – It’s just the way it all works out with weeks, leap years and stuff so, I decided I wanted to share something that I create to actually use.  This is not an off the page project that I will shove in the back of the cupboard. It is a card that my husband requested I make for one of his collegues who had recently become engaged.  By recently I mean over Christmas some time but hubby failed to mention it until the engagement invitation came home three and a half months later.  (Yes, it was like a kid pulling out the note about a bring a plate to share lunch – the next day.) To make it worse, between the event and the invitation, I had spoken with both the collegue and partner a number of times.  (Insert wide eyed emoticon here)

So, this card is quite simple in comparison to some of the other stuff I do.  But I wanted to remind everyone that if you have ANY Colour Blast products in your stash to pull them out and actually use them.  It doesn’t have to be technical.  The product is beautiful and will shine on any project.

For this card I had a few different ideas.  If you have access to the YouTube video you can watch me explore these before I settle on the final idea.  For the finished card, I use Colour Blast Paste in BLING to create a background for a simple stick figure drawing. It turned out so well and by chance it matched the engaged couples “theme” of kissing stick people. (This was on their cake and the stubby coolers they handed out to everyone)

I even kept the inside very simple – just stamping the sentiment – “he put a ring on it”.

My tip for something so simple is to make sure you finish everything.  Little things like inking the edges of the papers, mounting your layers or not having glue spilling out from under your embellishments make a big difference to the over all finished product.

Remember not to be afraid to go back to basics – A handmade card has more love that a store bought one!  Incase your wondering this heart stencil is from Flutterby Designs.

There is a process video so you can see what I mean by exploring other ideas.  You might like some of the other ideas and give them a go on your own projects.  You can check it out here.