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".

Saturday, 15 February 2020

A Masculine Heart

My friend who buys several Valentine cards from me each year likes at least one of them to be quite masculine - not my favourite thing to create and I find it challenging.  So I went grunge, thinking that would be pretty masculine!

The image and background are all one stamp.  I stamped it on masking paper and cut out the heart so that I two separate masks.  Using my MISTI, I put the heart mask on watercolour paper, inked up the background of the stamp with Distress Black Soot, spritzed with water, and stamped.  Let it dry, then removed the heart mask, and put the background mask down.  Inked up the heart with Distress Candied Apple, spritzed, and stamped.  I got a little bit of red seepage under the masking paper but not too bad.  I used a red marker to define the edges of the heart where needed.

Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, bordered with black cs, and popped it up on cream cs.

It's for the following challenges:
The Male Room Challenge "Love You"

Double D Challenge "Hearts"

CAS Watercolour Challenge "Red and Black"

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day!

Stamps - SU sentiment, Impression Obsession heart
Ink - Distress Black Soot and Candied Apple
Paper - cream and black cs, watercolour paper
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, masking paper, fun foam


  1. Beautiful CAS creation Susan! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Hearts’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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  2. I love the look of this. Very creative and stunning. Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
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  3. That bit of seepage looks like it belongs with that watery background! Great job of creating a masculine card, my friend!

  4. Fabulous masculine Valentine's Day card Susan! Love the watered down script in the background --- fabulous! And that heart is so bright and beautiful! xx

  5. Wonderful masculine Valentines card, Susan, cool idea to mask a stamp to achieve that gorgeous red heart, thanks for sharing with CAS Watercolour, Robyn

  6. Susan, I just love thee execution of your card. The seepage and the grunge look is just perfect for a masculine valentine card. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room. Many thanks, Clarissa DT

  7. WOW...this is a great masculine card Susan! I love the watery background and even the bit of seepage from the heart looks like it belongs right along with the watery background! I think you aced it this year!! :0)

  8. I LOVE this! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen your cards and went hunting for the stamp. This grunge is perfect, Susan and what an outstanding job you did with this. I love all things grunge and this stamp fits the bill. Love the creative way you used it too!

  9. The grunge made a great masculine background. Very cool how you did this card.

  10. Love the grunge look for your valentines card, the seepage just added to the look and was meant to be :)

  11. A wonderful masculine valentine's card, Susan! I love that the bright heart pops against the grunge look background.
    Hideko xx

  12. Gorgeous grunge card, totally love the look! Thank you for joining us at The Male Room, I hope you'll join our new challenge also.

  13. great guy card....I can see why you were so pleased with the results, I like it a lot
    xx Karen

  14. All grungy, masculine and artsy and loving this style x.

  15. This is beautiful and masculine both at the same time. Great card.


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