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Male Mixed Media Cards

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you a couple of cards suitable for the men in your life and for any occasion (birthday, retirement, vacation, new job, whatever you can think of). I love all the fun layers on these cards and I will show you step by step how you can make them. Most of the colours on today’s project are from the beautiful Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Magical Shaker“ line. The shimmer in these Magical Shaker powdered dyes is awesome, it gives a lot of depth to the colour without being over the top!

I took pictures of the different steps, so in case you would like to follow along you can:

Step 1:

For my card base I choose craft coloured card stock and I created two card bases each 15 x 15 centimetres in size. Then I measured and cut two panels (one for each card) in the size 14,2 x 14,2 centimetres from some white card stock. I distressed the edges of these panels using a Heidi Swapp “Edge Distresser“ (but you can also use your scissors). Next I tore pages of and old dictionary in smaller pieces and adhered them to the panels using The Crafter’s Workshop “Matte Gel Medium“. When the gel medium was dry I added a thin layer of watered down The Crafter’s Workshop “White Gesso“ to tone down the print from the dictionary paper but not loose this interesting element in the background. The gesso also prepares the panel for the colours that I’m adding in a later step.

Step 2:

To create more interesting elements on the background panel I added two different textures and then I added my first colour to this project.

My first texture comes from torn pieces of Rebekah Meier “Mixed Media Art Tape“. This is an adhesive backed blank canvas tape, the texture of this tape is gorgeous and it takes colour really well. It’s also very easy to work with and even after adding lots of water the tape is not coming off the project!

I stamped on these torn pieces of tape with a stamp from the Viva Decor “Grunge Backgrounds“ stamp set using Archival “Jet Black“ ink. I adhered the tape to my project with it’s adhesive back and some additional staples (adding to the masculine feel that I was going for).

Now it’s time for the second added texture for this background panel: I applied some (white) The Crafter’s Workshop “Modeling Paste“ over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Hard Textures“ (TCW742s) using a palette knife and then set this panel aside to dry. In the meantime I looked for images in my stash that I could use on my project.

When the modeling paste was dry I started to ad colour: for this I used a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shaker in the colour “Bavarian Blue“, this is the most awesome bright blue colour that I have ever seen, love it! I added a little of the powder to the project and then sprayed with water, it made the colour run and when I liked what I had I dried with a Ranger Heat-It tool. I kept adding colour and drying in between layers until I was happy with the end result.

I love the depth this powder dye creates on the project while interacting with the gesso, the modeling paste and the canvas tape!

Step 3:

Now I’m going to work on creating the layers that I will use for building onto the background panel. Different layers of patterns, materials and colour will ad interest to your project.

The first layer that I created is a piece of dyed fabric, for which I used a piece of white fabric cut to about the right size and fraying the edges a little with my fingers and scissors. This white piece of fabric I dyed using Lindy’s Magical Shaker in the colour “Guten Tag Teal”.

You just put some of the powder on the fabric (you can pre-wet the fabric a bit if you like) and then spray the powder with water, move the fabric around a bit and it will absorb the dye from the powder more or less evenly. Then dry the fabric with the Heat-It tool and repeat until you like the result. Two or three times should be sufficient.

For my second layer I used a piece of white card stock, adding a little bit of Lindy’s Magical Shaker in the colour “Black Forest Black“, spraying with water, let the colour run and drying when I liked the result, repeating the process until the card stock was dark enough for my liking. When the card stock was completely dry I ran it through my die cutting and embossing machine (for example a Big Shot) with an Amy Design background die (number ADD10093), you can use any large die that you have that creates a nice patterned open design for your project.

When I knew what the size of my image would be I tore pieces of the edges of this die cut making sure that the remaining piece was still larger then my image.

For my third layer I looked for a light brown patterned paper in my stash, tore it in a shape that I liked, mostly a little smaller then the layer that we created in the step before this one. It doesn’t have to be precise, just have fun and go with your feeling! It’s only paper, you can create a new piece if you need to.

Then I mixed some of the “Black Forest Black“ Magical Shaker with some The Crafter’s Workshop “Clear Modeling Paste“ (put some of the paste on your craft sheet, ad some powder, mix and maybe ad a drop of water if your paste is on the dry side) and applied that over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Tiny Circles“ (TCW361s) using a palette knife. Then set this panel aside to dry.

Now we have all the layers that we need for our project except for the image, but I do know what size it will be: I will use one of the dies in the My Favorite Things “Stitched Rectangle STAX“ die set to adjust the size of my image a little so it will fit my project better (of course scissors will do fine as well).

I will tell you more about the images that I choose later on.

Step 4:

To create some fun additional masculine elements for our card I die cut some gears from regular card stock using the Memory Box “Deluxe Gear Set“ and after die cutting I heat embossed each of the gears with Wow embossing powder in the colour “Earthtone Pepper”, which is a nice brown shade that will match my project. For this I put the die cut gears, one by one, onto the VersaMark ink pad, push them a little into the pad with my finger, then, while holding the gear with a pair of tweezers, putting the embossing powder on the gear above a piece of printer paper and then I heat embossed with my Heat-It tool. I did two layers on each gear. When I will put the project together later on I will choose which of the gears I will use (and save the others for a different project). Because I use the embossing powder above a piece of printer paper it can be funnelled back into the jar easily (you can fold the paper in half before putting on the embossing powder to make the funnelling easier).

Step 5:

Now it’s time to put all the elements that we created together and make a card out of them. First I die cut the image that I choose to use on my card: I used an image from an image sheet from Syta van Gelderen with number 170401 (this sheet features all sorts of air plain images) and then decided on my lay out. I adhered the layers to the background panel using The Crafter’s Workshop “Gloss Gel Medium“ and a brush. On this photo you can see how all the layers look before I put on the image. The only thing that I really paid attention to is that I didn’t cover up all of the canvas tape and that the image was not in exactly the middle of my project (when you of-centre elements on your projects it will make it more interesting for the eye to look at).

Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Shakers

Step 6:

Time for the finishing touches: I first added my title, for this I used a Tim Holtz sticker (cut in half) from the idea-ology “Small Talk “ sticker collection. Then I added the gears and some masculine decorative flat backed Marianne Design Diamond Gems called “Metal“ (JU0955). You can use any embellishments that you have in your stash.

As you can see in this photo I also created an additional background panel, made out of some matching dark coloured patterned paper that I distressed in the same way as the first background panel, but this panel is slightly larger (14,6 x 14,6 centimetres). These layers I adhered together using one millimetre thick foam tape and these combined layers I adhered to my craft card base also using one millimetre thick foam tape.

I added this additional background layer for a bit more contrast in my project. If you have seen any of my other creations then you know that I love layers, I feel that they ad so much to a project!

For my last finishing touch I choose to ad some splatters using Coliro Pearl Colors from Finetec GmbH in the colour “Mint“ (I mix the pearl color with some water, bring the paint over to an acrylic stamp block with a brush and then swipe the paint from the block with the same brush, a little at a time).

A detail photo, so that you can see all the fun elements up close:

And that’s my first card for today!

For my second card I used all of the same elements but I switched up some of the colours to match the image that I wanted to use better: the fabric is dyed with the Magical Shaker in “Bavarian Blue“ and the background panel with “Guten Tag Teal“. In the end I turned the background panel a quarter sideways because I liked it better that way (nobody is really going to notice that the text in the background is not straight).

For the image I choose one of the images from the Syta van Gelderen image sheet with number 170201 (it features all sorts of old trucks).

As for the embellishments: the flat backed metal gems came in a pack with two colours: for this card I used the more copper/rust toned ones and for my splatters I choose the Coliro Pearl Color in “Golden Orange“.

A detail photo from this card:

And that finishes today’s project!

I had so much fun playing with the Lindy’s Magical Shaker powdered dyes and using them in all sorts of different ways.

I wish you’ll a creative day!

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