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Monday, 5 September 2011

Red and Brown Explore Invoke Arts Tags

Well, here is the first of the masculine 40th birthday cards that I need to make. Got to get my thinking cap on for the second one now!

A piece of white card was coloured using Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap distress inks using the shaving brushes.

This was then overstamped with the Explore tag from the Invoke Arts Travel Tags stamp set and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamp from the See D's Celebration Messages stamp set. All were stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa Dye ink.

Using a damp paint brush and a piece of tissue (OK, toilet roll, but I couldn't be bothered going downstairs to get a tissue!!), some of the colour was removed from the face image on the tag. Areas of the compass were then lightly coloured using the Angel Green Mica Pigment from Stamps Away. Unfortunately that doesn't show up on the scan.

The tags were then cut out by hand and matted onto cream card and dark brown card. Holes were punched in the top of each tag using the Big Bite and small cream eyelets from Papermania were set in the holes. Each hole was then threaded with cream embroidery thread.

The sentiment was also matted onto cream and dark brown cardstock and large cream brads from Papermania were added either side of the sentiment, with a length of cream embroidery thread threaded through the legs of the brads.

A strip of the red/brown paper from the DCWV Old World mat stack was embossed using the Moroccan Screen embossing folder from Cuttlebug and Frayed Burlap ink was added to highlight the embossing using Cut 'n' Dry foam.

This was then matted onto cream and dark brown card and then matted across a panel of the dark brown flourish paper from the same paper pad.

Once matted onto the dark brown cardstock, the panel was then paper pierced all the way around using the Stampin' Up Mat Stack piercing template.

The tags were adhered onto the card in the centre over the embossed strip and the sentiment was added beneath, wrapping the lengths of embroidery thread behind the panel before adhering to the card front.

The inside of the card was also decorated, using another strip of the embossed cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using the Rich Cocoa ink and stamps from the See D's Lower Case Script stamp set ('4', '0' and 'th') and the HOTP Sentiments stamp set (Happy and Birthday).

Here are the blog challenges I am entering this card into:


Janette said...

Hi Kathleen, Such gorgeous work, really beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this

CraftygasheadZo said...

This is a fab card. Love the tags & the texture you've created using twine. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Boots! Zo x

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super card ... love the colours ... and love the tags ... happy crafting love sandy xx

sandy's crafty bits said...

ps ... just a quickie question ...
I have switched my blogger to the new interface but what should I see different ... all looks the same to me lol ... maybe I will find out later

happy crafting

love sandy xx

Monica said...

So elegant and I love the repeat of the sentiment... super card. Saw it at MIM.

Good luck with the challenge.

xxx Monica

Candy C said...

Hello Kathleen. Your card is lovely! I love the three separate mini tags on the larger card. Such a lovely design. I also love the colors you used and the stamped images. Your distressing and even the piercing really add so much! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Sylvia said...

Adorable! Love the tags and the card creation is just awesome!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan challenges :)
Sylvia xx

Fiona Keel said...

hi Kathleen, love the autumn colours in this fab masculine tag card, and the textures really add interest too, a great card! Fi xx

CraftyLoops said...

Kathleen this is an amazing card. Really and truly fantastic. I'd even go as far as to see its one of my favourites of yours and I love all your cards. Really terrific card. Lee x

Anonymous said...

This is really unusual.

Sara said...

Oh Kathleen... your card is just so gorgeous! I love layout and all the added goodies! Thank You for joining us at Paper Creations Ink! Have a wonderful week! Happy Creating! Sara

Amy Tidd said...

Lovely crafty make!! Love all the detail and the colours you've used! Thanks for taking part in our first 'Craft Boots Challenge!'


Julia said...

Kathleen, love this card, specially the tags. The color scheme is perfect, everything ties together to creat the perfect card!
Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink!

downrightcrafty said...

What a beautiful creation, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have new candy if you are interested :)

Sandi said...

Thanks for playing in our 'Birthdays' Challenge #29, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Tine said...

Hi Kathleen. Fabulously rich colours & great texture & imagery too. Great card. Thanks for joining us at KKKG this week.
Tine :)

Vicky said...

Gorgeous work Kathleen...

have a lovely evening...hugs Vicky xx

Caroline Rawcliffe said...

Lovely card, Kathleen. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady.

Rainbow Lady said...

I am loving this Kathleen... very well done. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

Crafting Misfit said...

I think your color choices are great. I love the card!

Thanks for linking up on Show and Tell this week!
Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
Stop by my blog anytime!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Super, super card! I think it would work great for a female too - I know I would love it if given to me! Terrific color palette and I'm just loving those wonderful tags. A fabulous piece of work! So happy you hopped along with our Stamptember celebration at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

Linda said...

Such a lovely card.. Thanks for joining us at TPS this week.. hugs, Linda

Laura said...

Love it! Perfectly manly :P.
I admire your patience to cut all the tags...mine never look so good :p

Thanks for playing along with us over at Lia Stampz.

~Lia Stampz DT

Nana Donna said...

What a great card, love the tags and the colors you used. Saw it on Make the Monday

Nina said...

Ohlala, this is a really fab card!! Totally love the tags and the embossed stripe is wonderful.

Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week.
Hugs, Nina.

trine said...

This is a fab card:) Thanks for joining us at KKKG:)

Crafty Boots said...

Great card! Love the distressing you've done. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Boots Challenges! xCBx

applejack cards by sue said...

Fantasic card, it seems you do that 'extra bit' which makes a hand crafted card so special.

Dawn Mercedes said...

You sure worked hard to show every angle on this card and to match it up with a laundry list of challenges! haha

Thanks for hanging out at Our Craft Lounge this week. Don't be a stranger!!

HeidisHobbystuggu said...

Fantastic card! Thank you for participating in the challenge at HeidisHobbystuggu!

Birgit said...

I saw this on MIM-great card! So much went into this and I love the colouring-very artistic!

Jill said...

absolutely stunning Kathleen thanks for joining us at mmcs hugs Jill xx

Georgia Ehrmann said...

So very pretty! I love the colors and the punching out around the edges! Thanks for playing our birthday challenge!
Lia Stampz DT

E.T. said...

awesome!! loving the texture.


Hi Kathleen
A fabulous card fab colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

LuAnn said...

fantastic card! masculine cards are a challenge for me! thanks for playing along with the Hybrid Chick card caravan challenge!

Anonymous said...

I was lucky to find your web site. I'm so surprised by your way of thinking and writing. Have you thought about writing a book?

Eva Gro said...

What a cool card! I love the way you have used the tags in an clean an simple style and still it looks awsome!

Thanx for joining us at Heidi`s Hobbystuggu this month.
Eva`s Scraproom

starcyl said...

This is lovely, great colours and embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
Jenny x

internet watch said...

I am newest follower of your blog. I am doing my own version of the various type of tags for Christmas so this way I was able to make it for this challenge and make it one of my tags.

Maria said...

I just saw this on MIM, it's fabulous and very eye-catching! Love the colours and image you've used. Maria x

Scrappycath said...

Love the use of twine on your card. Thanks for playing along in the Card Caravan challenge at the Hybrid Chick!

craftybirdlisa said...

Hi Kathleen
Fab Tag card. Spotted you over on Make It Mondays, as well as my ususal blog hopping. Love the colours and the textures of this card.

Happy crafting.

Lisa x

Lin said...

Love your tag card.

Perfect colour scheme for our Autumn challenge at Lexi's Creations.

Lin xx

Lisa M said...

Brilliant 40th birthday card! Very nicely executed directions on your post too. Had to giggle at the TP comment..LOL.
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with us at Make It Monday!
Lisa xx

Min said...

Wow, you rocked this masculine card! Fabulous job! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Melissa said...

What a lovely card, the colors are gorgeous and I like the row of tags. Thanks for playing along with the Card Caravan twine challenge!

Tamie said...

Awesome masculine card. I just love how you used the tags and the images on them. Wicked layout. Sure glad I stopped by to see more of it from MIM.

Kerrie said...

Great male card, and such a wonderful layout.

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Dee's Craft Room said...

Hi Kathleen.

Thank you for entering the first Crafty Boots Challenge. I love your use of colours and textures.


Grenouille Greetings said...

A fabulous masculine card, Kathleen. Love your tags, colours and trim. The perfect card for our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday! Thank you so much for playing along with us! Hugs, Lesley

Wuzimädi said...

Wow, what a wonderful card (not only for men)! Love that style and the colours you've used, didn't know that fire brick, looks quite nice!
Thanks so much for joining us at Creative stamp Friends this time!

Sonja said...

Nice card!
Thanks for joining us at Stamp with fun this week!


bettand said...

Wow this is just fab. Love the colours and design. Thanks for playing at HeidisHobbystuggu this month and god luck. Hope to see yu back in october for a new challenge. Bettina x

Kathy D. said...

I like all the added details of the card. And even the inside is done too.

Thanks for playing with us at Clearly Inspired Challenge. The new challenge was posted today so I hope you will come over and play again with us.

P.S. - If you still have man cards to do and you already look like you are comfortable with red and might want to go to
The challenge THIS week is red, brown, yellow only.

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Great card and tags,a wonderful design.
Thank you for your participation at Creative stamp Friends.
A nice greeting Andrea from germany

Eva Marie said...

Fab card and gorgeous work. Love the colors and design in this!
Thx for playing at HeidisHobbystuggu!
Hugs -Eva Marie-

Winnie said...

Lovely card thanks for playing with us at HeidisHobbystuggu this month.

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