Apr 11, 2016

Enjoy the Journey

Some people have trouble making masculine cards but there are so many great dies at the Dies R Us Store, you can find so much inspiration to use for those guys in your life.  I decided to use Cheery Lynn Designs- Steampunk Corner and Memory Box - Mini Gears. I also used Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges dies.

I started out with a Kraft card stock base, cut brown and cream card stocks with my Spellbinder A2 distressed edges dies. Used DCWV Foiled Cardstock to cut my corners and gear dies.  On the cream card stock I used distress inks of crushed Olive, tea dye and Rusty hinge with a sponge dauber to add color to the background and then stamped the background using Tim Holtz, The Journey stamp set for the sentiment, arrow and clock face.

I couldn't get a good picture with both corners showing the shine of the corner die, but you can see it on the top right die and the gears.


I love using metal papers and dies for cutting out my gears but you can also emboss a piece of card stock with silver, gold or bronze embossing powder and then cut out the dies.

My other tip is to use removable tape or if you have bought more washi tape then you could ever use in a life time, then you could also use that to hold your item that you are cutting out in place as it goes through your machine, that way you will get a clean cut, with no slippage.

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  1. A fabulous masculine card Connie! The gears look great cut in metallic papers. Thanks for the great tips too!

  2. Fantastic masculine card, they can be quite troublesome....but yours is GREAT! Love the gold accents and your gears, soooo manly!!!

  3. I love the distressed edges to your card and the inking. Awesome!

  4. Perfect for the guys ... well done!

  5. Whoa! Connie! I think I NEED those dies! Thanks so much for sharing your process, and the dies!

  6. What a fab card for a fella! I'm loving the dies too.

  7. Spectular masculine creation. Simply fabulous


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