Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cards for Him Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to the Cards for Him Blog Hop!

Cards For Him

Catherine has a brand new online class, featuring ideas and techniques for how to make great masculine cards! I don't know about you, but this has always been a struggle for me. I love my bright colors, my ribbons, buttons, flowers, etc. This class is going to be SO helpful, I can't wait to play with all the new techniques and ideas!

Our newest online class “Cards For Him” is now open for registration!  This is perfectly timed for Father’s Day which is right around the corner, but of course is great for masculine card ideas year-round.
We've joined forces with some of the companies and their designers that have products featured in our class for a Blog Hop to celebrate our newest release.  There are TEN FREE class registrations hidden along the hop, so make sure you leave comments along the way.
The more comments you make, the greater your chances are for winning! 
You have until 11:59 pm on May 2nd to leave a comment to be entered to win!  Winners will be announced at on May 3rd on Catherine's Blog.  


Here's a card I created using the "texture" techniques shared in the class. 


With Father's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd take this opportunity to get ahead of the game and make my Dad's card! I started by making my card base and then cut another piece of kraft cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches. I slathered a thick layer of  Wendy Vecchi's white texture paste and let it dry for a few minutes, but not so long as to make it completely harden. I took out my Whole Lotta Dots set by Reverse Confetti and stamped it directly into the texture paste. It's a real shame that I ended up covering most of the dots because it looked SO AWESOME! You can still see a bit of the stamping in texture paste between the vellum sentiment panel and that hinge on the top. 


Make sure you clean the stamp off right away, don't want any of that paste to dry on and potentially ruin your precious stamp! Next step was to spray the piece with some Dylusions inks. I love these things, and you can tell I went a little nuts with it ;)

I got out some chipboard letters and, with glossy accents, glued them together to form the word "Dad" vertically. Actually, before I glued them, I distressed them with Tea Dye distress inks. The hinges are from Tim Holtz. They come in a regular chipboard color, so I added some paints and inking, and then sanded them a bit to age them. I still didn't quite get the color I wanted, but I still quite like how they turned out!

Next up, I had to figure out a way to add "Happy Father's Day" without covering too much of my card. Solution: Reverse Confetti's Lighthearted Letters to the rescue! I stamped them in a straight line (well, straight enough anyway lol) on a piece of vellum, trimmed the piece down to just the letters, and then inked the edges. I added a glue dot to each end of the sentiment and wrapped it around to the other side of the kraft panel so I didn't have to try to figure out how to adhere it on the front and not have adhesive showing. 


That's all I have to share today! I think I'm going to need to try out some other techniques now that I tried this texture technique. Once you get the hang of masculine cards, it gets a little easier (just don't grab your girly buttons or ribbon, in fact lock them away so you're not tempted, haha!)

Ready for the blog hop list?  Grab a cup of coffee and buckle up!  You are in for a treat, we've got tons of inspiration in store for you! Next up after me is Lisa Henke!!

*Start here!* Catherine Pooler    http://catherinepooler.com/2014/04/cards-for-him-blog-hop
Sandy Allnock  http://wp.me/p2kUof-32k

Sarah Gough  http://thinkingstamps.blogspot.com/



97 comments:

Marsha said...

So much detail on the card. Definitely showing some love here. Really like the big letters.

Sabrina said...

OH WOW!!! I love all the details and colors on your card!! Absolutely fabulous!!!!

Heather North said...

Such a cool technique! Love the colors you've used.

Stacey Schafer said...

what awesome technique, Amber! the color is phenomenal!

Cheryl said...

I had to zoom in on this photo so I could really check out all the yummy detail! OMGosh, I LOVE all the grunge and distressing, and what a great way to get the sentiment in. Gorgeous! (I'm a big fan of Dylusions, too!!!) :)

Angelique Vela said...

Another great card!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this looks great, Amber! I love all of the texture!

Thordis said...

Love the texture! It looks so awesome... And great colors :)

Allison Cope said...

Wonderful guy card inspiration! Love the colours, your cool textures and your design!

Sherry said...

Love the color scheme. What a great design.

Carole said...

Great card!

Sharon Salerno said...

Wow great card!

Michele Slater said...

Great masculine card and great blog hop! TFS!

Amy Sheffer said...

I adore what you did here, Amber! A wonderful mixed media feel!

Mary Williams said...

This is my favorite card on the hop...just love it!!

Carolee said...

Wonderful color, texture and details!

Tracy said...

love the letters and masculine colors!

Асель Бапанова said...

I wonder if I could do something even close to your card - amazing!

Anonymous said...

What a WOW card! Love it and can't wait to try your embossing paste technique. Thanks for sharing. Carrie C

Lisa H. said...

love this! that mixed media colors and textures are fabulous. love your custom sentiment. so cool!

Diane S said...

Wow!

Linda Anderson said...

Fun and fabulous creation! Love the texture.

Tinabobina99 said...

Texture, texture, texture!

Kelly said...

So original!

sweet art designs said...

I agree with everyone else. Wow!

Nanci Wilson said...

Very nice....lots of color & texture...really like that

Lisa K said...

Looks great! Love the texture!

Lynda McKittrick said...

I really had to have a close look at this card because there was so much to see. What a lot of great combinations.

loceanjo said...

Love this card! very masculine!

Diane Stricker said...

Great card.

sandi said...

WOW love it

jeannejj said...

love the card...great texture and lots of interest

Ann Mcclenaghan said...

What a very lovely - very creative card. You have so much going on here it is just beautiful!!

Joyce Dyck said...

oh this is another fav of mine, I simply love the watercolour effect background! love the elements and design on this card.

lhyden said...

Awesome! Incredible amount of detail. Inspiring.

Tammy J said...

The card is great and I love the colors. The hinge is a cute embellishment I had not seen before. TFS

grandmato20 said...

thanks for a new technique :)

Amy S said...

Love everything about your card! I love the textures and colors!

Unknown said...

Great texture!

Anonymous said...

susan.w
Thanks for joining the blog hop. I am enjoying the variety of cards and ideas! I've signed up and it is fantastic, I'll never want for another idea again!

CraftyPaws said...

Beautiful colors and texture. Love it--like a well designed layout. tfs hugs, Kristina

Anonymous said...

Love everything about this card. Great job!!--Kris K.

Diana Evensen said...

This card combines texture and grunge beautifully! Any Dad should be proud to receive it!

tampatha said...

I think that texture would be my favorite part of this class. There are just so many ways to add so much character to a card with the texture. I just love what you created! TFS!

marylouh said...

Very pretty. The blue looks like water. The letters look like leather. Great card for a man

Patti P. said...

Great colors...love the Dylusion sprays too! The paste is such a fabulous element to your textured card. TFS

jcb said...

Inspiring!

Linda Coon said...

love the card...has it all, texture, detail, color

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

Wow! Love that texture - I gotta get me some embossing paste to do these techniques!

Deborah said...

Amazing what a visually interesting card very artsy love it!

Sheepish said...

Wow colors and texture make this card sing.

Susan said...

I am so inspired by this card, I need some texture paint, and that will be my new obsession. thank you!

ajax said...

This is definitely a great card. Seems like a lot of work, but definitely worth it. Like the paste and the way you glued your letters together. Thanks

Sue D said...

very creative!

Patti Krauss said...

Well, I hope your dad doesn't follow your blog, it will ruin the surprise. Lol. Love the embossing paste. It is one of my new favorite tools.

Catherine Pooler said...

so much goodness going on here! Thanks for joining the class and hopping with us! :)

Nadine Lange said...

Really interesting texture and techniques. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Kulseth said...

Love the texture and colors. Great card.

Maye M.L said...

Fantastic card. It is a grand example of a very intricate design in harmony with a masculine card. Cheers!

chris maurer said...

Great card!

Chrystyna said...

You are playing with my favorite colors. Great card for Dad!!! Amazing card - thanks for sharing!

Beth Knutson said...

I love this color combination. Splashy but not girly!

Rufus said...

Oh boy, texture, inkyness (is that even a word?) some of my favorite colors AND velum!! Heaven!
R/

Melissa F said...

I LOVE the texture and ink technique here! Beautiful card, love the colors, bright bold blue and green offset with the chocolate is a winning combo.

Kari V. said...

Wow! This card is SO interesting and awesome! Love the texture!

croppinmama said...

Lovely background and fun card with so many interesting elements...

April Rogers said...

I Love your style! No words, just love it!!!
xo Nana

Susan Wheatley said...

A very art filled card! Love Reverse Confetti. Loving the blog hop and love the online classes! Cheers!

Charlie said...

What a lovely card for a dad. TFS =0)

Charlotte C said...

Awesome detail. Love it.

Laura Miller said...

GORGEOUS - - - another card I'll admire and probably never attempt. Thanks for the example.

KraftyKaren said...

Love all the interesting textures that you have used

LvMyMedic said...

Love the vintage look of this card. Its one of my favs. TFS Denise

Bert B said...

The texture just goes on and on! Textured paper, the stitching, the layers, the colors! Love this card!

Beastybunny said...

Great textures on this card! And the soft colors are fabulous!

Carol McCready said...

Love that color and texture.

Patricia Lindsay said...

Thanks for the reminder that smooth and pretty works for the girls, and rough is okay for the guys!

Maureen Chandler said...

This is a super card - love the texture and layers too! Thank you!

Heather Thompson said...

wow, that is just beautiful in such a manly way!!! I love the detail. great share.

Mary-Anne V said...

Love the use of the paste...this is a wonderful card.

Laurie said...

Love all the texture! Very creative! Thanks for sharing!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love this grungy card Amber!

Janet Zeppa said...

Very masculine!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful Father's Day card. Love the colors and design.

Fran said...

I like all the texture you created and it is a great colour combo for the men in our lives. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Tracey said...

I literally *gasped* when I saw this card! I love everything about it! I so wish I had time today to play with my supplies - feeling very inspired.

Lynn Fletcher said...

What a fantastic card, Amber!

Kina Dennis said...

This is a treasure card - fabulous details!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Wow! Love all those details, the fabulous background and the vellum sentiment, all the elements so well balanced. TFS

Debbie said...

love the detail layers and texture
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Gypsy 2 said...

Fabulous.....love all of the detail on your card.Congratulations...well done.

Maureen Merritt said...

What a fab background!!!

sodell said...

Gorgeous colors, and I just love the accents you used on this card! Very unique!

Maryann Stahl said...

I love your card!! Tecnique used is a far cry from what I can do!!

JD/ Jill said...

Awesome card! Great colors and design!

Toni Cancellier said...

Fantastic effects and finishes.

Jean M said...

nice textures and colour choices