Thursday, 22 May 2014

Back to the Navy...

Happy Thursday,

I seem to be getting carried away with the dark blue this week I feel like the Village People (In the Navy etc) lol

This card started with the stamped image.  This paisley stamp is a really old one from Graphicus which I bought second hand on eBay.  I am always scanning eBay for bargain dies and stamps and sometimes find that when one person is tired of a die I can get a new, old, die at a great price.

The image is stamped with Versamark onto Navy card and then embossed in detail white embossing powder.  I fussy cut this out then based the remainder of the card around it.

The backing paper is one sheet of double sided card from First Edition Neroli pack with a reverse design on each side.  I cut two different sized square and using the alternate side mounted these with a thin mat of Navy.  I added in a square of the white again edged in the Navy card and foam mounted these to a large 21cm x 21cm hand cut card blank (i used PMD A3 white hammered for the blank)

The top decoration is made using Spellbinders Labels 38which I cut a piece of the pattern using the 2 largest die to make a frame.  I edged this, by hand, in Navy card and added a frame cut from the next 2 sizes in white which I inked in navy whilst in the dies.

There is then a strip of white and navy cut with Spellbinders bracket borders one.  I added these pieces at different levels and orientations, with a strip of navy grosgrain ribbon of course, across the card front.

I wanted to show that die cut pieces are not just for Christmas and ladies cards but used right they can be effective whilst still keeping relative simplicity for a man card.  I even managed to add a pearl!



  1. Well what can I say...stunning! I love the paisley pattern and this show it off beautifully, what a lovely stamp too, great size.

    Love it all John and I'm taking note on all the matting and layering you have done as I don't do enough lol! Really gives a professional look.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  2. What a fantastic card-looks really stunning. I love looking on Ebay for bargain dies-can't stop buying them!


  3. Hi John. This is another stunner! I love both the stamp and the paper. Take crae.

  4. Hi John
    I love all your layers and color , and the paper with your stamp marries beautifully , yes i really like this John .

    Elaine H X

  5. This card is gorgeous and has become my new favourite

  6. Hi John,
    Love the stamp, love the paper, love your composition, but I need to wait till sunset before the cocktail hits the spot.
    Lis x

  7. Morning John,
    I'm very sorry but this one is not for me, I think it's too busy for my taste, I do love the layering you have done but would have used more plain pieces myself. Hey Ho it's a good job we like different things.

  8. Hola John
    I've got an image in my head of you dressed as a construction worker doing YMCA now!
    It is a busy composition but as I adore the Neroli papers, I'm OK with that. Gorgeous stamp too. I received an eBay die set yesterday and another is due today so thanks for your previous tip about that.. . . . . . Remember to change your eBay passwords folks after last nights story on the news about the hacking.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  9. great card ,love the stamp and it goes so well with the backing paper .Thanks for tip Ang ,didn't get around to changing password yet on to do list ,Laura O

  10. This is a fab card and I luv all the components - but then I do like paisley so that helps too xx GailT xx

  11. Hi John, a great card. Love the papers and stamp.

  12. John, I am dead envious, I love all things Paisley! So stands to reason, I love the card too.

  13. I too love paisley. Another great card John, I too look on ebay for bargains, I also sell my dies to friends and on ebay when I've not use them in a long time or just fed up of them. Janice x

  14. What! a Pearl for a man?
    Apart from that I love the card John. Looks better on the computer than your photo!!

    Love Nancy.

  15. Hi John. Love the composition of the card apart from the paisley. I don´t know why but I really dislike paisley. Great colours though and I love the busy effect.
    Love Val x