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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Frantaged Collage and Charms Masculine Birthday

This is the card that I made for my hubby's birthday this year. It involved using the Frantage embossing powders which were new to me before making this card, although I have of course watched the demos on Create & Craft.


To begin with, I stamped the collage image of Folium from Papermania using Versafine Onyx Black archival pigment ink. The panel was then distressed using Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Walnut Stain inks. Once the distress ink was dry, Versamark was added around the edge of the panel and Aged Taupe Frantage powder was added. Once that was heat set, extra Aged Taupe and White powders were sprinkled over the centre of the panel to give a speckled appearance.

To create the card blank, a sheet of A4 card was trimmed to 5" wide and then scored at 7". Panels of beige mottled paper by Craftwork Cards were cut to fit both the front and inside of the card, the edges first being distressed with the Walnut Stain ink.

The stamped and Frantaged panel was matted onto the black card as used for the card blank and adhered overlapping the edge of the front panel.

The next stage was to add the charms. These were very kindly donated by Donna at the cardmaking group that I attend. The large key charm was looped onto a length of black and white Gorjuss twine that was coloured with the Antique Linen and Walnut Stain inks, to tie it in with the rest of the card. The twine was wrapped around the front of the card and tied to the top of the charm.

The ends of the twine were then wiped with Aleene's Tacky Glue and wound around a paintbrush until the glue was dry, allowing the twists in the twine to remain. The same was done to the twine threaded through the compass charm.

The next stage was to work on the inside of the card.

The first step was to add some sentiments.

Firstly, the 'Happy Birthday' panel stamp, from the Papermania Portabello range, was stamped on the inside of the card using the Onyx Black ink. The panel was reverse masked and coloured using the Antique Linen and Walnut Stain inks. Using the positive mask, the panel was covered and overstamped using the postmark and clock stamps from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry stamp set, and the script stamp and number stamp from the Bo Bunny It's In The Words stamp set, all stamped using the two brown distress inks.

The final stage was to add a sentiment that could be read both when the card was open and closed. A line was drawn down the side of the card using a T-square ruler and a pencil, and, using individual alphabet stamps from a Studio G/Hampton Art alphabet stamp set and a Stamp-a-ma-jig, the sentiment 'with love' was stamped down the side of the card using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.

Versafine Onyx Black ink would have been better, but the Memento was out on my desk from when I had stamped the alphabet stamps onto the plastic sheet of the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and was used by mistake!

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

A Girl Who Crafts - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper - Anything Goes (Not Square)
Creative Craft Cottage - #31 - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes
Seema Crafts - Anything Goes
The Sisters Of Crafts - Anything Goes
Bastel - Traum - Anything Goes
Vandicrafts Artistry - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Masculine
Art By Miran - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - #71 - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #89 - Anything Goes
Wags 'n' Whiskers - #145 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #123 - Anything Goes
Dream It Up! - Birthdays
Little Miss Muffet - #102 - Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft - #1 - Anything Goes
Baffies Kreativladen - #40 - Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built - #114 - Black, Brown and White
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #210 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - It's A Guy Thing
Whimsy Stamps - #78 - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Happy Birthday
Inky Chicks - #45 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - #194 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - #42 - Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes (Glitter, Embossing Powders, Flock)
Squigglefly - #2 - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - #1 - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - #247 - Vintage Look


Lesia Cook said...

Nicely done and perfect for that special male. Love the colors and elements. Thanks for playing with us at Mema's Crafts. Come again soon and good luck in the challenge.

SweetScraps said...

What a gorgeous masculine card. So in love with that key charm!

Joann6274 said...

This is a gorgeous card for any man! Love the natural elements and the design. Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Jo's Funday Friday challenges!
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Kathy S said...

Wow, this is a great masculine card and the knot work is spectacular. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Repeat Impressions Blog. The challenges we have lined up should really be fun and I hope you'll come back and join us again soon. Good luck on your entry!

Suzi said...

A fabulous masculine card, love the details with all the natural elements. Thank you for coming over to play at Scrap&Craft Challenge. Good luck!
Hugs Suzi (DT)

Jennifer Bradley said...

Wow you certanly have created a super male card. Great work and design. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and we hope you will join us again soon. Jennifer DT member

Donna Idlet said...

Nice masculine card, love the trinkets on the card. Thanks for playing along with Mema's Crafts.

sweet art designs said...

Great design. I love your technique and embellishments. Thank you for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guys Challenge. - Myrna January 2015 Guest Designer

Anet van Zyl said...

Gorgeous Masculine card Kathleen. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

Michelle said...

An amazing creation - great colours and design - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle

Joan said...

Great card, love the charms and what you gave done with the twine, what a cool idea!

Thanks for joining us at Cardz4guyz this week


Wedgie said...

Love the distressed look, fab card.
Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

Sandra H said...

Oh wow what a beautiful card and design xx

Helen said...

A great card - love the colours you've used and all the details on the card.

Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Helen x

Anne Temple said...

Your masculine birthday card looks fabulous. Love the way you did the twine (thanks for sharing how you did it too). SO glad you shared your project with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

Darcy Schroeder said...

Fantastic!! Such a great guy card although I think women would love it too with its soft and natural look!! Great design!! Thanks for joining us at Through the Craft Room Door!

Isobel said...

Lovely card thanks for sharing at Whoopsi Daisy good luck x

pauline said...

Lovely card ,thanks for joining in Seemacrafts challenge .Pauline DT

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Super male card, lovely colours and detailing, thank you so much for playing with Sweet Stampin'.

Warm hugs

cheiron said...

Great guy card! I love the white spatter on the front. Thanks for joining us in the It's a Guy Thing Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

Sandy How said...

Lucky man to have such a talented wife! Fabulous male birthday card, love all the wonderful charms too. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog this fortnight.

Cheri said...

This card is amazing! The details you've included are stunning and so well balanced. Thank you for playing along with the challenge at the House That Stamps Built.

Donalda Martin said...

What a lovely card!!!! Thank you for joining in this months challenge on Seemacrafts. Hugs, Donalda DTM

Ileana A. said...

Great creation! Wonderful design and details! I love use of twine and charms!
Thanks for playing at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

Bonnie said...

Great masculine card Kathleen! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.I am now your newest follower and would love it if you visited my Make Time To Craft Blog and became a follower too.

cass said...

Wonderful card, thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge this week

Joyce Ann said...

I love this card, I am definitely inspired. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Mema's Crafts.

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

Aurora Aurelia said...

gorgeous masculine card.. love all embellishments .. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Art by Mi Ran Challenge #23.. good luck ;)


Marie said...

Lovely looking card. Filled with fun and charming details. Looks stunning. Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments.
Love n hugs

Melissa Vandridge said...

Awesome card! Love the layout and the cool tip for making the twine stiff. :) Thank you for sharing on this months Artistry Challenge. Melissa - Vandicrafts

Manuela said...

Eine sehr schöne Karte.
Vielen Dank für Deine Teilnahme an unserer aktuellen ShopBlogChallenge.
Wir sind umgezogen. Zieh doch mit uns mit --->
Liebe Grüße, Manuela

Leah Tees said...

Awesome card! Thanks for joining us for The Paper Nest Dolls Anything Goes Monthly Challenge!

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