A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A Masculine Reindeer

June is over halfway through already!  So I'm here to remind you that you only have until June 24th to join us at CAS Christmas.

Here's my masculine card:

I die cut an A2 matting basics die out of scrap paper and used it to mask my top layer so that I could do some partial sponging with two shades of Distress inks.

I stamped a small sentiment in brown below the sponging, and added a brown die cut reindeer and three small die cut gold stars.

I popped the panel up on fun foam.

Here's a close-up:

If you're like me and you struggle with masculine cards, head over to CAS Christmas for inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our great Guest Designer, Bobby (of bits & pieces).  The only other requirement is to keep your card clean and simple.

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Distress Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, and Stormy Sky
Paper - brown and white cs, gold shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Ali Express reindeer die, small star dies, fun foam


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  2. Wonderful masculine card Susan. You and I were on the same wavelength! :) That reindeer is so beautiful. Love the sponged sky in the background and your pretty stars. Great backdrop too! :) xx

  3. The blending looks great and love the sentiment and the deer cut in the brown, unique and wonderful masculine card x

  4. great mix of colours, I love brown and blue together. Your blending and framing are perfect with such a soft edge. Great Masculine card Susan.

  5. Gorgeous partially sponged background for your die cut reindeer, Susan. Love your framing and sweet little sentiment too. TFS my friend. Hugs

  6. I love the way you've sponged the bottom section of this card, Susan! The stars and deer complete the scene perfectly!

  7. This is simply beautiful, Susan! I love your partial sponging - the choice of the colors, the smooth blening, and the way you masked the front panel. The brown reindeer makes this masculine card look so cool!
    Hideko xx

  8. Wow, Susan, this is very striking! Your blending leaves me in awe and I can't wait to try this idea! That deer looks like he is coming right out of the fog; which the rascals do sometimes and scare the daylights out of a person! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Definitely a peaceful aura in this lovely card. Your ink blending is so convincing. Another beautiful card, dear friend xx

  10. Beautiful card, Susan! Wonderful ink blending and all the diecuts work perfectly together. Perfect colour palette for a masculine card. xx


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