Monday, 14 January 2013

More Maps

Following on from yesterday's card, I made this one using part of a more modern map. The map is subtly stencilled with distress ink & gear stencils (a bit difficult to see in the picture below), before matting onto black card and a card blank. It's great to use bits of maps that might mean something to the recipient, and you can often pick up out-of-date maps very cheaply.

"More Maps"

The banners are strips of diecut silver mirror card, embossed with a cogs folder and painted over with black acrylic paint. The paint is allowed to dry before lightly rubbing with a dry cloth to reveal some of the shiny detail.

"Justrite Stamp"

I love these Justrite stamps with the matching dies, and this one is perfect for a man's card. Stamped in black archival, the image is heat-embossed in clear and coloured using Promarkers before distressing the edges with Pumice Stone distress ink. A second diecut is made from black card, then cut in half horizontally and positioned behind the main image bringing out the top and bottom edges to make a shadow frame. I learnt this technique from Sue Wilson and it's great for making frames when you don't have a second die the size you want. The image is mounted onto the card using foam tape for extra dimension.


I do sometimes use ribbon on men's cards, but often prefer something a bit mechanical. A length of chain and some packaging add a bit of texture (fixed in place with matt multi-medium), and the blades on this fan charm really reminded me of the propellor on the aircraft.

Justrite stamp set - Going Places Vintage Labels
Spellbinders Justrite Custom Die - JB-03730 Vintage Label & Banner Dies
Archival ink - Jet Black
Stampendous Embossing powder - Clear Detail
Distress ink pad - Pumice Stone
Promarkers (to match map colours)
cardstock: black 160gsm, white 160gsm & 300gsm
chain, packaging, charm to decorate
adhesives: foam tape, PVA, Pinflair, matt multi-medium

Entered for the following challenge:
Justrite Friday Challenge 088 - Sketch


  1. Another very inspirational piece Maddy and lots of nice texture on this one as well.

    B x

  2. This is wonderful Maddy. The map makes such a great backing to that fab image and the embossing looks brilliant. I love the chain and charm detail too.
    hugs Sue

  3. wonderful! Loving those embossed flags!

  4. A wonderful birthday card, great background.

  5. WOW! I love these map cards too! So glad I came by. x

  6. What a great male card, love the backing paper xx

  7. Great card. Using that map was a fabulous creative idea.

  8. Another fab charm and masculine card! Thanks for joining us again at JustRite Inspiration ;-)


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