Saturday, 24 May 2014

Solid wood- part one.

I struggle with cards for men and boys as do many of us. I have several nephews and usually resort to buying cards which is disappointing. I don't have many stamps that would appeal to men - I'm not very sure what would anyway...
So this is what I have been doing today (wet day, no gardening).

I've really enjoyed playing with this even though no flowers, ribbon or embossing powder was involved.  I designed it for the challenge at The Male Room - A Moving Part. I hope this counts as a moving part. I've been looking at this site hoping for ideas. 
Also entered into Cardz4Guyz - Action /Movement. Sorry my picture is too small. 
Recently I saw a card made with a wood effect stamp. I have banned myself from buying any new stamps for a while (paper, ink, gems, glue, ribbon, pens also) but then while looking for inspiration I found a tutorial about how to make a wood effect with an ink pad. You just slide the pad across the card and then draw on lines for planks. There are no knot holes so I may have to add the wood effect stamp to my wish list.
I had some input from male members of my family and I am quite pleased with the result though it needs a little tweaking. The insert is quite tight but all glued down so too late to  reduce and the nail catches a little as you slide it back in. Also the bit of tag showing should probably have something on it or be tucked away completely.
I'd like to try again and make a pocket to insert cash, after all that is what I usually give. The boys are all teenage and upwards and presents are even harder than cards.
Let me know what you think. 


  1. Love this! That wood grain is perfect for the guy! Thanks for joining in at The Male Room.

  2. That was a great tip about the faux planks, might just have a go. I hope we have been able to give you some inspiration for future male cards and you keep popping back to Cardz4Guyz. Thanks for sharing with us this week.:)

  3. This is a great guy card! Thank you for sharing it with us at Cardz 4 Guyz this week.

  4. If your needing inspiration for male cards, keep popping back and joining in our challenges, we aim to provide inspiration every week without fail.
    Love your simple but effective card, all teenagers love to find money tucked in their cards. Thanks for joining us this week at Crdz 4 Guyz, we hope to see you visit us again. Caz

  5. A really great card and a clever design.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

    Helen x

  6. Love the removable greeting. Thanks for sharing at Cardz4Guys!

  7. What a great technique. Just shows what can be achieved when needs must and I love the little nails too. A great fun card

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz and hope to see you again soon x


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