Wednesday, 23 May 2012

How old??

Here is a card I've made with my brother's birthday in mind... though I've made some others which are also contenders, so I'm not sure which one to send as yet! I will share the others tomorrow and would love to know which one you think I should send!

I struggle with cards for my brothers. Not only do they need to be 'male' cards, I also don't know that much about what they like to do!!! I end up going for the same theme each year - so I decided to try something very different this time. This particular brother lives overseas, so I started thinking about using a map. On top of that, I stuck a Tim Holtz compass mask which I've barely used and wanted to try. I swiped Picket Fence Distress Stain all over the map, as a sort of 'base' and then splodged on colours using blue and brownish Distress stains. I then hummed and haa-ed for a bit before my husband suggested I dry emboss a frame around the outside - which worked sooo well and made it look totally different. I swiped some blue ink over the embossed frame to make it a little clearer. All I had to do then was mat it on black, add a sentiment and tie a bit of bakers twine around it :)

I'm pretty pleased with how it turns out - I always feel excited when something that isn't fairly CAS works out well, as I do tend to err towards CAS styles!

Entered into the following challenges:
Try It On Tuesday - Fathers day (cards for men or boys)
Simon Says Stamp - Cards for a special man or fathers day
Pan Pastel Challenge - Pastels
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - For men

As always, I'd love to know what you think! Thanks for visiting x


  1. Love the soft colours. I think this will be fab for your brother. x

  2. Those colours are wonderful M and I like the blurry look. The bakers twine looks good with it too. I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  3. I really like it M - it's a fab masculine card - I think the twine gives it the hint of being a tied up vintage map. Can't wait to see your others - I must be weird but I love making mens cards ;-)

  4. I love the How Old? sentiment. Good that he's overseas so he can't clip you round the ear!! ;)

  5. This is a great card, and I love your sentiment!
    Thanks for joining us at TioT.

  6. A really fantastic male card, I love the beautiful background and the compass image is fab. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  7. A perfect card for a man. Thanks for sharing this with us at PanPastel UK this week.
    hugs brenda xox

  8. Piękne połączenie kolorów, bardzo delikatne. Podobają mi się!

  9. Loving this one! I always struggle with male cards too! x