Sunday, 27 May 2012


The English Man Card
This card was made from another stunning set of stamps by IndigBlu Called POMP AND PAGENTRY that's available from THATS CRAFTY ONLINE STORE. This again was a set of stamps that l have had for a while but didn't quite know what to do with it. So the other day l decided to pull it out of the storage box and l first thought about layering the Union Flag as a geometric design.

However when it didn't quite overlap while l was just testing it out on scrap paper. Well then l had a happy accident. No doubt we all have done this.. I inked up the stamp was about to stamp but dropped it. After a few choice words l picked yup the stamp and then it hit me it looked interesting. So a fresh A4 photocopy paper l started to just stamp anywhere so the card was taking shape!


One 8”x8” Card BlankMemento Ink Pad LADY BUGVINTAGE PHOTO/PUMICE STONE DESTRESSING INKAdirondack PITCH BLACK Ink PadTim Holtz Distressing Marker FIRED BRICK/FADED JEANSVersafine SMOKEY GREY INK PAD - 3 Sheets A4 Good Stamping CardWater Brush – Optional Friskars Paper Edgers Deckle] – Soft Large Make Up Brush – Normal Crafting Items like Scissors, Craft Knife, Good Paper Glue.


This card is built up using 4 printing elements. The Background, Flags,Big Ben and the Male Topper. The thing they will all have in common is they will de distressed by using the Vintage Photo Ink Pad.

The background is made up in 2 stages, Firstly stamp the Union Flag using the Smokey Grey Ink Pad, don't worry if your going to overlap a little all you want to do is cover an A4 sheet. We want to do an A4 is that we can then pick the 8inch square that's the best.

After the flag layer has been done, the next stage is to take the LION stamp and then stamp over the card base using your eye to make up an combined image You want a good mix of them both. Not just one being overpowered by the other.

Then when dry pick out the best 8 inch square trim roughly and then place onto the card base. When its secured take your craft knife and metal edge ruler and trim all sided so that its flush.

Next step is to stamp the male figure. Once you have stamped it take your water brush and gently go over it and blend in any areas that are not total black. Place aside till completely dry.

Taking the Big Ben stamp and the Lady Bug ink stamp out 4 images. Place to one side to dry.
Taking the Cleaned Union flag and your Marker pens, colour the respective colours using the markers [If you don't have this brand any good marker pen that's water based will do you will have to experiment first].

After you have stamped out 2 Union Flags place to one side.

You need to cut close all around the Male stamped image Take your time and just relax when your doing this. When you have finished using the Vintage Photo and a soft make up brush gently cover the image lightly to give a slight tint. Then with a blending brush/foam pad go over the edges to give a deeper hue. This is done to all of the parts of the card after they have been cut out.

If you don't have any Deckled Scissors then just distress the edges before you colour the edges.

The 4 Big Ben images go in each corner. The Union Flags go in the top centre just overlapping a little. The male figure is the last to be secured into place. Gently fold the image to make a mound and fill the centre with a good strong glue and secure into place.

There you have it a Festive Feeling Card for a Males Birthday

Any questions please ask away.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alan
    This is beautiful please mail me with your addy, a i would be so happy if you would like to make samples for me ,x


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