Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Men's Cards Can be Pink and Have Lace Too!

Another book card today. This one features the "Victorian Gentleman's Cabinet of Curiosities"! And just to prove that it can be done, this man's card is made with lace and a pink colour scheme :-)

"Front cover"

The map is stamped onto a distress-inked background and covered in Perfect Pearls powders before overstamping in Crimson Archival Ink. The ticket is stamped again onto a separate piece of card, cut out and distressed and a glaze pen used to raise the lettering on "Admit One". The ticket and sentiment were both raised with foam pads for some added dimension, and tiny circular metallic peel-offs added to the image panel to look like rivets on a box. More "rivets" were used to decorate the side and back of the cover.


Both decorative panels inside are decorated with distress inks. The butterfly image on the left is printed from the Graphics Fairy's blog and the butterflies on the right are from a Tim Holtz stamp set. It's amazing how well they match. I'm sure the images on the stamps are taken from a similar source. The closure is provided by Baker's Twine stuck in between the image panels and cover, and all the fabulous lace is from my friend Kathy (thank you again!).

"3-D Butterflies"

The Tim Holtz butterflies are stamped onto the back panel in distress ink and again onto acetate with crimson archival ink. The acetate butterflies are cut out, the wings bent and the centres adhered on top of the background stamping with glossy accents. The "Butterflies and Moths" part of the stamp is printed again on a separate piece of card and adhered over the lace border.

"Graphics Fairy butterflies"

This panel was coloured with distress ink before printing the Graphics Fairy image with an inkjet printer. This saves the printer ink from smudging. The lace at the bottom is glued just around the bottom and side edges, so that it acts as a pocket for the decorative tags.


The tags are coloured with distress inks, the butterflies stamped in archival, and the sentiments stamped in archival and heat embossed in clear. Bits of lace are added to match the card.

Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet
Archival Inks: Crimson, Jet Black
Embossing Powder: Clear
Baker's Twine
image from the Graphics Fairy
Stampers Anonymous stamp set: Papillon
Stampers Anonymous stamp set: Air Travel
Tim Holtz stamp set: Nature's Elements
Tim Holtz stamp set: Curious Possibility
Papermania clear stamp set Hampstead
cardstock: brown 300gsm, white 160gsm

Entered for the following challenges:
Joanna Sheen - It's a Man Thing
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Tim Holtz Technique
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge 23 Ribbon or Twine
Make My Monday - Vintage
Sir Stampalot - Happy Birthday


  1. Fabulous creation, so elegant.....

  2. Amazing, incredible, brilliant! This is really fabulous Maddy. I love this. Lee x

  3. A gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing with us for our Male vintage theme at MMM. Caz

  4. A fabulous work of art! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  5. What a super piece of artwork.

    Thanks so much for joining our Birthday celebrations at Stampalot challenge and hope you can join in our blog hop with loads of prizes.

    B x

  6. Wow, such a fantastic project, really great.

  7. Such wonderful work. So pleased you shared this beautiful piece with us at Make My Monday this week. Nice to see you entering again! Suzanne :)

  8. I agree men can have lace, why not. Your piece is fabulous, very creative and great stamping too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challemge. Tracy x

  9. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  10. What a fabulous creation! Thanks for joining in the Birthday celebrations at Stampalot and good luck!

  11. oh wow Hun,this is fantastic the colours,stamps and your detail is just amazing Hun,sorry not been over I have not been,well,fantastic creations Hun love them,all,hugs Cherylxxxxxxxxx

  12. Just stunning! Thanks for joining us at Stampalot.

  13. Wow!! Fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Joanna Sheen with your amazing Male creations.
    Suzi x

  14. Great card I love the theme

    Joan x

  15. Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing with us at MMM.

  16. This is fabulous I love it, Thank you for joining us at MMM
    suzi b :)

  17. Fabulous idea. Love the stamping and the colours look great.
    Thanks for sharing with us at MMM this week and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss x

  18. wow so much gorgeousness...I love everything about them...thanks for joining in with our Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge
    Mina xxx

  19. Lovely card. Love all the details and the colour xx

  20. I love your work, and the Graphics Fairy!

  21. This is really wonderful - so original!.Thanks for joining the birthday celebrations at Sir Stampalot,Ruth

  22. What a great book card,love all the details and what you did with the ribbon. Love Kathy xx


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