Tuesday, 7 April 2015

A bit of Crackle and a bit of Grunge!!

Hello my dear friends, so pleased you've dropped by.
I do hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful and happy Easter.  Mine was spent with family and friends and it was absolutely fabulous!! Am feeling especially Blessed at the moment!!  Life is good!!  Busy, but so good!!
I'd like to share another card with you today.  Another masculine card.  Seems I make more of those than I do the feminine sort.  Not because I enjoy them more, although I do enjoy them, but simply because I seem to have more male rellies and friends than female.  Lucky me??!!

When I make male cards, regardless of anything else I may put on them, I always like to add some crackle and lots of distressing and grunge.  I like them to look a bit messed up.  Not everyone will agree I know, but this works for me.

The base is brown cardstock and the papers are from Kaisercraft. 

Added some random spots of crackle to the papers, although it's a little hard to see here.  The chippies are, of course, from 2Crafty Chipboard.  They have some amazing designs and I really love working with them.  Most of the pieces I've used here have been coloured with acrylic paint and then swiped with a gold VersaColor pad.

The Happy Birthday chippie I've left mainly raw.  I just swiped it lightly with the gold VersaColor pad and dabbed it with a bit of gesso.

Here you can see the crackle on the paper and on the chippies.  Can you see why I love it??  Fabulous texture!!  I adore that look!!

The inside with more of the papers, some stamping and some washi tape.  I created a pocket and a tag to write my private message on.

When everything was assembled and dry I dabbed a bit of gesso in random spots ... another look I love!!

Happy to say, this card was well received.  I made it for my Darling Husband's 70th Birthday, and he loved it!!  He was quite pleased that I hadn't actually added the 70  anywhere on the front.  Said he didn't want to be reminded every time he looked at it!!  LOL!!  I did write it on the inside though, as part of my private message.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week

Take care, stay safe and God Bless.


  1. So glad you had a lovely Easter, we had a quiet one here.. but that was just what we needed.. life does get so busy at times.. You make the best male cards, really blokey and a bit rough around the edges just like males are!!! I love the touch of chipboard too.. fabulous colors.. and I hope your Hubby has a wonderful year ahead.. and have a good week Marg!!

  2. Awww.....just wait 'til he turns 80 like mine!!!! I do love how you splotch it with gesso....that crackle, it is such your trademark and you do it fabulously!!! HB to your man & I'm glad you had a nice Easter AND I love that you do man-cards!!!!

  3. What a cool card Marg! I completely agree with you about the male cards needing to be grungy - and I hate any cards with numbers too. Glad things are going great for you! Happy Birthday to your hubs!!

  4. Like you Margaret, I seem to have a lot more masculine cards to make than pretty ones. So it's great to visit and see the way you achieve depth, distressing and grunge. A fabulous look for the men in our lives. Thanks for the inspiration :D

  5. Absolutely love the crackles you have going on this gorgeous card! Loving the colours and textures on your chipboard as well...All in all another stunner...best wishes to the Man of the House as well....

  6. Love the colours, the texture and all the bits you've used to create this fabulous masculine card. Amazing work as always! <3 xx

  7. I love this grungy, masculine, warm card with all its layers and textures. THe insides are always as yummy as the outside. It is a joy to visit your blog Marg.


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