Friday, July 30, 2010

JAI 28 - Just add a man card

Hi again,

welcome to my Just Add Ink DT post. The challenge this week is to just add masculine. But wait there's more - you also need to use a set colour combo, here it is.

My featured DT card was actually the second one I made for this challenge, my first one (which you can scroll down and see below) was a more sort of traditional male card kind of more targeted for my Dad. But then I started thinking I wanted to make something that reflected how my DH plays with the kids. They love attention, as any kids do and playing with Dad is definitely a highlight for them. So that was one starting point. The second inspiration point was a card posted by Dawn McVey way back in Dec 2009, however I can't link you to it as it has been removed from her blog for publication but perhaps you can take that as a sign that I do have good taste ;) Ok in Dawn's card she used horizontal strips of little repeated images to build the card and it looked really cute. Now I know I am rambling on and that is because I am a bit insecure about my end result but all of my lovely JAI colleagues assured me that it was good so I'm stomping on those insecurities and here is the card.

I started with a Baja Breeze base, cut A frame, stamped that with Polka Dots in Chocolate Chip. Then I cut three strips of cardstock, stamping a different repeating image on each. Since DH likes to play ball games with the kids I used the ones I found in Family Favourites - I would have liked to add a kite stamp though. Oh and one very important point I tailored the football to look like an Aussie Rules footy using a marker to ink up the stamp. You definiteIy don't want to get the wrong football on your hubbys fathers day card! I did have a little fun with the stamping trying to add some movement. The images were simply finished off with a little bit of colouring and some crystal effects on the cricket balls. The final touch is to add the D is for dad medallion. I used my Sizzex Timeless Type alphabet die (sooo love these) to cut a large D for Dad and then did some fiddly inking up of the b is for birthday stamp from Party Hearty to get my end result. The Kraft circle base was a 1 3/4 circle punch and I cut the choc chip mat using my Circle Scissors Plus. The inside I also finished off simply to match the front.

Now onto my orignal DT submission.

OK so here I started off again with a A frame Baja Breeze base. Then I added a mat of Chocolate Chip which was stamped with Sanded. This was layered with some Kraft DSP (from Urban Oasis). The edges of these two mats were distressed and also sponged with choc chip around the edges. I also added some piercing detail to the top and bottom of the Kraft DSP. Now for the image panel I started with Baja again, stamped that with Sanded, distressed and sponged the edges. I stamped and embossed the sentiment at the bottom, above that added a few loops of linen thread and above that the image. I inked up my tree stamp in Versamark, then in Chocolate Chip, and stamped on Kraft, then embossed with clear embossing powder. I distressed and sponged the edges of this, added a vintage brad to each corner and then mounted the image up on dimensionals above the Baja layer. The inside was finished off very simply to match.

Thanks so much for visiting, and please play along this week and link your manly creation back to Just Add Ink!


D is for Dad
Recipe: All SU!
Party Hearty, Polka Dot, Family Favourites
Cardstocks: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Timeless Type alphabet dies, Circle Scissors Plus, 1 3/4 circle punch, Small Heart punch, Crystal effects, Aquapainter, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Father's Day
Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Sanded, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Rustic Ivory
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Urban Oasis DSP, Linen Thread, Vintage brads, Mat pack and piercing tool, Clear embossing powder, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Dimensionals


  1. Both of your cards are great Kim. I particularly like the D is for Dad card because you've made it personal for your DH from the children. Never be insecure, your work is always gorgeous!

  2. Ohh I love them both. Love the little hands tossing the Footy on the first. Love the lay out of the second. Inside of both at fantastic too.

  3. These are AWESOME, Kim! Love the masculine theme!

  4. Both are just mind blowing but the first one is so personal!!! Great job!

  5. What fabulous make cards Kim! You shouldn't be insecure about the first one - I love it! Kate x

  6. Two great cards. I love the second one the best but I love the tree from lovely as a tree. Great job once again.


  7. Kim, I can't believe you didn't feel confident about the 'sporty' card you made - it is totally adorable! Pure genius, I think! As soon as I saw it, it put a huge smile on my face ... just love those little hands with the footy, and the arc of cricket balls. Such a cute card. As for your 'traditional' one, it is really beautiful, and I may just have to CASE it! I would CASE the other one, but don't own the stamps!! LOVE your work!!!


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