Masculine Ideas

Garage Gears Floating Frame Cards

Floating frame

Create two cards using the fun Floating Frames Technique!

This technique is easy to do using a common kitchen item, Press 'n Seal.

For these two cards, I used the retiring  Geared Up Garage Gears stamp set and coordinating Gears Die.

These items are great for creating those challenging masculine-themed cards!

They are available through May 3, 2021, or while supplies last.

Floating frame 1Card #1

Floating frame 2Card #2

I have created a step-by-step tutorial with color photos in a pdf format HERE.

I hope you will give this technique a try.

Please share as I'd love to see what you create!

Happy Stampin'!

Geared Up Garage Pearlized Background-Happy Father's Day

Garage Gears Tin Embossing Folder shimmery background

In the continuation of featuring retiring stamp sets and accessories, today's card uses Geared Up Garage and the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Geared Up Garage, and the coordinating Garage Gears Dies, have been my go-to stamp set for making those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards.

For this card, I paired it with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and Pearlized Background Technique.

Create an easy pearlized, shimmery background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Early Espresso card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Emboss card front using die-cut machine and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.*  Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Basic White base.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Geared Up Garage* out  of Basic White card stock using Early Espresso ink.
  5. Cut out using die-cut machine and Garage Gears Die.*   Attach to card base to complete.  Be sure to clean the Blending Brush and clear block with water.

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Dry Brush Paired with Nature's Beauty

Natures Beauty

Here's another card I created using the versatile background stamp, Dry Brush. 

For this card, I paired it with Nature's Beauty.

For tips on using this large background stamp, please visit my Dry Brush page HERE.

Colors used for the background are Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry.

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans Odd 13 Brewing

Odd 13 Brewing

I've shared many of the cards I have created over the years using beer or soda cans.

I cut the cans down and use the fun and colorful labels to create cards.

(you can see them HERE)

My husband drinks a variety of craft beers, and I'm always confiscating the cans afterwards.

Recently, he had cans of the Hop Hackin' Henry India Pale Ale from Odd13 Brewing, Lafayette, CO.

Oh my, I was immediately taken with the bold colors and interesting character on the label.

What was also great is that the label was actually printed on plastic that was glued to the can instead of being printed on the actual can.

So, I didn't need to cut the can down.  I just needed to carefully peel off the label.

I then attached it to a piece of card stock so I could cut the part I wanted to use in an oval shape using my die cut machine and oval die.

So easy!

I matted it with a Basic Black oval and attached it to a Misty Moonlight card front which matched perfectly with the colors on the label. 

The greeting is from Blossoms in Bloom stamped in Memento Black on a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and popped up using Dimensionals.

Fun, and the possibilities are endless!

Odd 13 Hop Hackin' HenryHere's what the cans look like before cutting them down.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Diebolt India Pale Ale

Diebold Electric Cowboy

I love to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

It's easy to do, and the possibilities are endless!

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Over the years, I have used hundreds of different beer and soda cans, each one turning out a little different.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was definitely the case when he brought home Electric Cowboy India Pale Ale from Diebolt Brewing Co, Denver, CO.

Isn't the label just gorgeous and fun?

I got out the tin snips and started cutting away when I realized this label is different.  Instead of the design printed right on the aluminum, it's plastic that has been shrink wrapped onto the can.  Once the can is cut, the label comes right off.

It's a little flimsy, so before cutting it any further, I attached it to a piece of card stock to give it some backing. 

Then, I trimmed it using my guillotine cutter.

I attached it to a Pumpkin Pie mat, then added some black and silver shimmer cording along the edges using Tombow Glue.  I then added glimmer brads from my stash to the four corners and attached it to a Basic Black card base to complete.

I didn't think the card needed anything else.  The label is doing the heavy lifting on this one!

Here's what the beer can looks like before I cut it down:

 

Diebolt Electric Cowboy can

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he had Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co with this fun image on the cans.

The artwork on the current can is number 5 in the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series, and the artist is Adam Vicarel.

According to Great Divide's website, "Our Denver Pale Ale Artist Series is an ode to the city we've called home for the past 24 years.  With a beer name like Denver Pale Ale and a home in the RINO Art District of Denver, we decided to turn the can into a canvas and let local artists show off their stuff.  Every year, a fresh can will be released exhibiting artwork created by a new Denver artist."

Cool!

Perfect for me to craft with as well.

To create this card, I cut and opened the can using a pair of tin snips.  I trimmed it down using my guillotine paper cutter.

I matted it to a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  I secured the 4 corners with brads from my stash, then attached it to a Basic Black card base.

The greeting is from Snow Globe and was stamped on Calypso Coral card stock with Memento Black ink, then punched out using my 3/4" circle punch.  I then matted it to a Basic Black 1/2" circle.  It is popped up using a Dimensional to complete.

So easy, and  I have a one of a kind card!

Here's what the front of the can looks like:

Great divide denver pale ale american pale ale

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Ideas-Faux Wood Burning Technique

Faux Burnt WoodLove of Leaves Faux Burnt Wood Technique

Faux burnt wood 1Mountain Air Faux Burnt Wood Technique

 

Pokerwood or Wood Burning is the art form of decorating wood by creating images or writing with controlled burn marks using a heated source such as a poker. 

The results are simple or intricate, but always stunning.

Create your own Burnt Wood look with this simple faux technique.

This is a great technique for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards!

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Wood Burning Technique using the stamp sets Love of Leaves and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 20, 2020.

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Mountain Air Meets Rectangle Postage Punch

Rectangle Postage Punch

I made this birthday card for Dale, our neighbor and good friend.

I used the stamp set Mountain Air which is perfect for our location in the mountains of southern Colorado.

I paired it with the Rectangular Postage Punch for something a little different.

To make this card, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 2" x 4 1/4".

I stamped the trees first towards the bottom of the card front using Old Olive ink.

Then, I stamped the mountains using Misty Moonlight ink.

To fill in the area between the trees and the mountains, I inked up the bottom of the tree stamp, turned it upside down, off stamped, then stamped to just get the landscape.

After the stamping was done, I punched out 3 panels using the Rectangular Postage Punch, then mounted them on a piece of Old Olive matting.

The greeting comes from Blossoms in Bloom and was stamped on a Very Vanilla card front using Misty Moonlight ink and the Stamparatus.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Blossoms in Bloom

Ink: Old Olive, Misty Moonlight

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Rectangle Postage Punch, Stamparatus, enamel dots

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Bells Two Hearted

Two Hearted Ale Card

Two hearted pale ale canThe can before I cut it down to create the card.

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he tried Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery in Michigan with this cool fish image on the cans.

This is a perfect image for creating those masculine-themed cards!

I made this card for the husband of a friend of mine who recently passed away.

He is about to put their house up for sale, then leave Colorado for Mississippi.

When asked what he was going to do in Mississippi, he said " I'm going to live with my son, and we're going fishing!"

I thought this card would be perfect for him as just a thinking of you card.

This was simple card to make as I matted the image cut from the can using Pumpkin Pie card stock, then to Mossy Meadow, and finally to a Basic Black card base.

I secured the edges by punching holes using my Crop-a-dile, then inserted retired glimmer brads in the 4 corners.

The possibilities are endless!

 

Happy Stampin'!

June Fresh Ideas-Double Point Fold Cards

Double Point sunflowersDouble Point Fold Sunflowers, Jar of Flowers

Double PointDouble Point Fold, Mountain Air

 

The Double Point Fold is super simple to create, yet adds a fun dimension to card creations.

Want to learn more?

My June Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Double Point Fold Technique and will feature the stamp sets Jar of Flowers and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on June 23, 2020.

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Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Country Road Father's Day

Father's day

I created this weathered barn card for my Dad for Father's Day using the retired Country Road stamp set.

This look could also be achieved using the Geared Up Garage stamp set, creating an old garage using the car, tool box, and gas can images.

My Dad is not really a garage guy.  He's more of a weathered barn in the country guy!

The sides of the barn were aged by swiping Soft Suede and Bermuda Bay inks on the inside of the Hardwood Planks Embossing Folder, then adding a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and running it through the Big Shot to emboss.

To age it a little more, I lightly spritzed it with water and crumbled it into a ball.  I opened it up,  swiped White Craft ink on the creases, and set it aside to dry.

For the roof, I made a quick template, out of computer paper.  I cut out the template, placed it on a piece of Copper Foil paper and traced around the template with a pencil. I then cut it out using a pair of scissors.  I embossed it using my Big Shot and Corrugated Embossing Folder.  Once embossed, I scored 1 1/2" from the top and folded it along the score line.  The roof was attached to the card front using Dimensionals.  To age the roof, I ran a sanding block over it.

The weeds were stamped on Pear Pizzazz card stock using Mossy Meadow and Call me Clover inks.  They were fussy cut using a pair of scissors.

The wagon wheel was stamped on Crumb Cake card stock using Early Espresso ink.  It too was fussy cut using a pair of scissors.

Once the pieces were attached to a Soft Suede mat and a Very Vanilla card base, I stamped the greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings on a piece of Soft Suede card stock that had been embossed using the Hardwood Planks embossing folder.  I attached it to a small piece of Copper Foil paper that had also been embossed using the Corrugated Embossing Folder, and was roughed up using the sanding block.

I think my Dad will like the card!

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Founders All Day IPA

Founders Day IPA

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he tried Founders All Day IPA from Founders Brewery in Michigan with this cool image on the cans.

This is a perfect image for creating those masculine-themed cards!

I matted the image cut from the can using Mossy Meadow card stock.

I secured the edges by punching holes using my Crop-a-dile, then inserted retired glimmer brads in the 4 corners.

The greeting is from Flora and Fauna stamped on a piece of Granny Apple Green using Black Memento ink.

The wood design on the card front is from the new pack of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.

Super simple to create, and possibilities are endless!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Thinking of You

Mountain air sympathy thinking of youI guess as I get older, more and more friends I know are losing parents and loved ones.

So sad, but, unfortunately, a way of life.

This is the card I created to send to a friend after the death of a brother (non Corona Virus related.)

I hope it brought some comfort.

I stamped layers of mountains using the Mountain Air stamp set in Basic Gray ink on Very Vanilla card stock full strength and again without reinking.

The trees were stamped in Basic Gray ink and cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Majestic Mountain die.

The tree was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Majestic Mountain die, and was attached using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

The greeting comes from Sincere Salutations, a retired set in my stash that I still use often.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Black Ice Technique

The Black Ice Technique: Layer inks on foil paper using the Direct to Paper Technique for a stunning effect. 

The Black Ice Technique is great for masculine-themed cards.

I've combined this technique with Beautiful Day and Country Road, a couple of my favorite retiring stamp sets.

It was also featured in my May 2020 newsletter.

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Black iceBeautiful Day Black Ice on Silver Foil

Black IceCountry Road Black Ice on Copper Foil

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Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Sending Prayers

Sending prayers

Unfortunately, I needed to send out a sympathy card to the family of a neighbor who passed away recently.

The images in the Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies are perfect for our setting here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

You  can view more of my Mountain Air creations HERE.

To create the mountain scene, I started with the background on watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, and Crushed Curry inks swiped on using an aqua painter.

I heat embossed the detail mountain image using white embossing powder on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray card stock for the first two layers of mountains.  For the third layer, I stamped Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock.

The treeline and landscape were embossed on Garden Green card stock.

The two trees were cut out of Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz card stock and added to the front to give a little more dimension.

 

Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede,Versamark

Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: heat tool, white embossing powder, Big Shot, Majestic Mountain Dies, aqua painter, Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Gears Valentine's Day Card

Gears Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

I made this quick and easy card for my husband for Valentine's Day.

I cut the gears out of Copper Foil Paper using my Big Shot and Gears Dies. 

I attached it to a piece of Copper Foil Paper using Tombow Mutli-purpose Glue. Then, I cut out a heart using my Big Shot and Hearts Die.

I used the next larger heart to cut out a heart out of Basic Black card stock, then embossed it using the Corrugated Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from an older Paper Pumpkin kit, Filled with Love.

I heat embossed it on the Copper Foil Paper card front using black embossing powder.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Filled with Love

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Gears and Hearts Dies, Corrugated Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Northern Lights Background

Northern LightsRecently, I shared a card inspired by the optical phenomenon, Light Pillars. 

This happens when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo taken of light pillars as the inspiration to make my own.

Light pillars

The card above was my first go at it.

While I really like how it turned out, I think it is more of a Northern Lights Background than a Light Pillars Background.

So, I kept at it, coming up and sharing a Light Pillar card HERE.

For the Northern Lights card, I sponged Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock inks onto my Shimmery White card front.  I sponged up from the bottom where the landscape is so my colors would be more even as I got to the top.

The sky was sponged on using Night of Navy, Basic Black, and Whisper White Craft inks.

Supplies Used:

Ink: Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Accessories: sponges, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Light Pillars Technique

Light pillars

Recently, I learned about Light Pillars, an optical phenomenon that occurs when light is refracted by ice crystals.

I used this photo of light pillars taken in Canada to create my own.

Light pillars canada


I used post-it-notes to mask the light pillars and sponge daubers to add Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, and metallic copper inks.  

The sky was sponged using Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Basic Black, metallic copper, and Whisper White Craft (like a Northern Lights background.)

The card front is Shimmery White matted to Gold Foil.  The trees are from Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Supplies Used:

Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Shimmery White, Basic Black

Ink: Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, metallic copper, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft

Accessories: post-it-notes, sponge daubers, sponge, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies

Happy Stampin'!

November Fresh Ideas-Retiform or Grid Technique

 

Retifrom

Sponge a grid pattern onto your card stock, then stamp images inside the grid sections.
 
The grid pattern doesn't need to be straight lines, so try creating different angles.
 
That's it!
 
The grid pattern possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My November Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Retiform or Grid Technique.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 26, 2019.

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Anne

Retiform in purple

Geared Up Garage retiform

 

 

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Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!