Sunday, 24 February 2019

Having a play

Sometimes it's fun just to put a set of stamps and a pile of scraps on the table and just play around and see what happens.

I pulled out some vintage/steampunk/masculine stamps and a whole host of vaguely masculine coloured snippets, along with a selection of inks and some embossing powders, and some MDF cogs that had been hanging around in my stash for years.

First of all I coloured the cogs with Alchemy glimmer waxes and set them aside to dry, while I stamped, embossed, tore and cut to my heart's content. What a lovely way to spend a morning!

The only bit of actual planning went into the background card - I inked the edges then used the Misti to accurately stamp the border along all 4 sides of the card so that it lined up at the corners.

Misti came to my rescue when stamping on kraft too - I don't know whether it's a universal thing or whether it's just the ones I've happened to buy over the years, but I always find kraft card is highly absorbent and just slurps up any ink applied to it, so I have to stamp over and over again to get a clear image. Luckily with a stamping tool like Misti, it's perfectly possible to stamp multiple times. When I finally got my images, I embossed the large cogs with verdigris embossing powder and added a few touches to the portrait with gold and white gel pens.

Somewhere in there is a background of faux newsprint  (well actually I think it's a vintage recipe for poached halibut, but you can't see enough of it to matter!).

I am sharing this with

Pixie's Snippets Playground  because it is mega-snippety

Inkspirational - Use Your Stash  because boy, did I use that stash!

Make my Monday - Make it Krafty  - I hope there's enough kraft in there to count!

and finally a second visit to The Male Room - Anything goes  where that tiny scrap of faux newsprint stops me from also playing the optional card, No designer paper.


  1. Fabulous masculine card Jane love all the stamps and cogs-don't you just love it when a card comes together with no effort!
    Carol x

  2. Wonderful card and great use of snippets Jane! I love that you literally just pulled a load of things out and set to. And yup, Kraft card is very absorbent I find - 'slurp' is a great description!


    Di xx

  3. Wonderful male card, you certainly had a great play

  4. I totally agree with you and the result of your playing is awesome! Love all the layers, distressed edges and use of embellishments, bit of a stash buster too. Thanks for playing at The Male Room, hope to see you joining in with future challenges too.

  5. Oh, this card is one that shows your creative genius, Jane. I really love your use of very masculine elements to make such a wonderful card! Thank you for for playing with us at the Make My Monday Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  6. So cool! I like your vintage theme and all the different layers and embellishments!
    As always, thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  7. Cool and very manly! Cards made out of scraps on your table is always fun to make. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room this challenge.

    X Lise Mariann, DT


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