In November 2016 we introduced a new feature – Guest Blogger Of The Month. The response has been fantastic and so we’ve decided to carry on with it through 2017.
Without further ado, I’d like to introduce Heather Mitchell.
Hello everyone and welcome to my guest blog post! I’m super thrilled to make something for Craftwork Cards as I’m a huge fan and have been enjoying their products (and buying way too much!) since I started card making around 9 years ago. The quality of Craftwork Cards products is always impeccable and the designs and colour ways are beautiful. For my tutorial, I thought I’d make a male card, as it seems that these cause many crafters a bit of a conundrum.
I like to add texture, layers and inks to my makes and so I’ve used these qualities on my card today… I hope you like the finished result! I have used the fabulous Vintage Backgrounds and Man Made paper pads for my card as these are just perfect for male cards and are my ‘go-to’ product for most male makes.
In order to ‘show-off’ all the papers, I decided to layer them in a grid pattern and embellish over the top.
Products you will need:
- Vintage Notes and Man Made paper pads
- Various die-cuts from the Man Made collection
- 8×8” cardblank
- Plain cardstock
- 3D Foam dots
- Glossy Accents
- Liquid Pearls in ‘Onyx Pearl’
- Small strips of ribbon
- Paper distresser or craft knife
- Begin by trimming a layer of plain card to fit an 8×8” card blank (I’ve used an orange colour to compliment the tartan) and then cut a slightly smaller square using the text paper from the Vintage Background pad.
- Cut 9 x 6cm squares and 9 x 5.5cm squares using variety of the papers and plain cardstock.
3. Using a paper distresser or craft knife, distress all the paper edges so they are uneven and then ink using a blending tool.
- Pair the squares up so the backing papers are different to the fore papers and attach together using a small amount of double sided tape. Sew around the edges of the squares to add more texture and also around the text paper used for the background. If you don’t have a sewing machine, or would prefer not to use it for paper, you can draw stitching on using a black fineliner.
- Take the stars, tools and an arrow (from the Man Made kit) and distress/ink the edges as previous. Add glossy accents to the handles of the tools and allow to fully dry. When dry adhere the embellishments to a different squares.
- Dot the liquid pearls onto the edges of the ‘Celebrate Good Times’ sentiment and adhere to a square (using foam dots) when hardened.
- Make a rosette out of a mixture of papers and ribbon. Crumple the circles and distress/ink the edges. Spread the tail of the rosette out and glue in place.
- Trim two suitcase shapes from different papers and back with contrasting card. (I have used Xcut dies but you could easily trim two rectangles of different shapes and add handles using twine or cut cardstock). Using foam dots, adhere to another square.
- Die-cut a pair of glasses from the industrial paper and add glossy accents. Make a bow tie from your scraps and wrap a small length of the industrial paper around the centre, adding glossy accents. When dry, attach to a square.
- Distress the ‘Have An Awesome Day’ pennant and attach to the final square using staples and glue. I have used a die-cut brick pattern on the background of this square but you could leave it blank.
- To finish, assemble the different parts of the card together using double sided tape.