Craftwork Cards Blog

Craftwork Cards Introduce Guest Blogger Of The Month – Heather Mitchell

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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Dot the liquid pearls onto the edges of the ‘Celebrate Good Times’ sentiment and adhere to a square (using foam dots) when hardened.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To finish, assemble the different parts of the card together using double sided tape.



  1. Debbie Moran

    13th January 2017 - 11:52 am

    Hello Jennifer, I would like to say that this is one of the best men’s cards that I have seen.Brilliant! Debbiex

    • Jennifer Kray

      13th January 2017 - 10:12 pm

      Hi Debbie. Thanks so much for visiting. Heather Mitchell is our guest blogger this month and she designed it. I agree, it’s wonderfully inspirational! x

  2. Nicky Gilburt

    13th January 2017 - 12:52 pm

    I LOVE this project Heather and you’ve shown me a new pad whose existence I wasn’t aware of…off to seek out some Vintage Backgrounds now, you’ve made a fabulous card with all the papers. Love your extra touches too!

  3. Sandra

    13th January 2017 - 2:23 pm

    Potentially inspiration for nine makes all from one great card! Thank you x

  4. Mags

    13th January 2017 - 6:28 pm

    Fabulous card Heather,love all the texture (as always ). inspired xx

  5. Lesley kilby

    13th January 2017 - 7:31 pm

    Thank you for a great card with lovely clear and detailed instructions.

  6. Sandra Haimes

    13th January 2017 - 7:48 pm

    Just in time Heather. It’s my husband’s birthday on Tuesday and I’ve got to make his card tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Sue Smith

    13th January 2017 - 8:22 pm

    Lovely to see a photo of you Heather! Actually all your photographs are great! What an amazing looking card, full of interest, and gorgeous texture! You are so inspirational and talented. xXx

  8. Clare Tanner

    15th January 2017 - 12:27 pm

    Great photo of you Heather! Love this card and all it’s added textures and inks. You introduced me to scuffing the paper edges and inking them and I love doing this. Super make. Look forward to your next one!

  9. Heather Mitchell

    17th January 2017 - 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments! I absolutely loved making the card so am thrilled at everyone’s response to it 🙂
    Heather x

  10. Maxcine Etherington

    24th January 2017 - 9:23 pm

    This is such a fab Card Heather, I love this collection, I struggle with men’s cards but this makes them easy. X Thank you for sharing X

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *