Saturday, 27 June 2015

Simple Saturday...

Happy Saturday,

Just a simple card today I am demoing at Strikes Garden Centre in Daleside today, pop in if you are in the area!

Today's card was made at a demo day a few weeks ago when I was asked about men's cards.  I have a simple approach to men's cards, what I do is to make a similar card to my usual fare I just make them in Masculine colours and make them less fussy (far less flowers is usually a start!)

This card is a version of the delicate Canadian background card I made a few weeks ago in Primrose and Milk foundation card.  The colours were chosen by the people attending the demo and we felt that making it ion Taupe and Black would make it more Male!

I started by die cutting the outline die from the Canadian background die in the taupe.  Whilst in the die I hand cut the aperture (using my scalpel) by running it along the edge of the inside of the die.  I left a large 2cm wide border around the die cut.

Next I cut an aperture in the middle of an A5 piece of black card using the die as a guide and again my scalpel.  I adhered the die cut over the aperture and added a 1.2cm border all around.

Next I cut the centre die from the same background ( the pieces have been separated in this background to make it easier to cut and to give greater flexibility) set in the centre of a larger piece of the taupe card and foam mounted the frame over this.  I then added a black layer and again left a larger border.

Finally I added a stamped sentiment (from my daisy Chains clear stamp set) stamped on the taupe card in black archival ink.  I added one of the classic folder flowers (the larger one) cut in coconut white foundation card to which I added a sprinkling of iced snow so that there was a little but of bling! To lift the card I added cosmic pearl PVA at the centre of each flower,

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Canadian Background
Classic folder flower
CE Clear stamps daisy Chain elements from me
Taupe and Black foundation card
Cosmic Pearl PVA



  1. Hi John.
    What a brilliant card thank you. Have fun and take care KItty.

  2. Oh John I really like this card, I dont have the canadian die, I knew I should have got it when I had the chance.

    Enjoy your Saturday, stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs June Smith xxx

  3. I treated myself to this die at your workshop as it looks so good. Interesting premise for men's cards - will give a go!

  4. Morning John, a fab. card would do a guy I guess.
    Nancyd xx

  5. Lovely card and I love that Canadian background, xxx

  6. Good morning John the Canadian background us proving so useful and certainly fits the bill for men's cards. Love from Jackie xx

  7. Good morning John, lovely card today!!! Loving the Canadian die so
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda

  8. Good morning John this is a fantastic masculine card. I think simple in strong colours works well for men. This time last week we were setting off to Pickwells that was a fab day. Enjoy your day today. Hugs Jackie

  9. Fantastic card-perfect for anyone that doesn't like "fussy " cards.


  10. Like Jan, I bought this die on Thursday. It seems so versatile. I , ave already done something with the bit left from our card! Thanks you for all your ideas and tips, John

    Anne (Northampton)

  11. Morning John, I love it !!!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  12. Hi John,
    there is nothing simple about your excellent creation.
    You always go the extra mile to create something so special, be it for the male or the female.
    I loved this die when it came out, and I love your fab creation with it too.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  13. Hi John,
    I adore this die, and you always manage to show me another fabulous way to use it! Cheers! John.
    Lorna D

  14. Hi John, love this Canadian die - so versatile. On the wish list

  15. Hi John, love this Canadian die - so versatile. On the wish list

  16. Morning John,
    Lovely card, CAS is sometimes needed.

  17. Love it, John, so adaptable, and love it even more that I have that die!

  18. A very beautiful card
    Elaine H X

  19. Hi John,
    Lovely card, this is my favourite background die so far, so I have it in my stock. I have made quite a few cards with it as you don't need much else with it to make a beautiful card. Yours today is great for a male. Thank you for all your inspiration.
    Love Janet x
    from Wakefield

  20. Lovely card, and I like the way you recessed it!

  21. Hi John, another lovely card, I must push this background to the top of my wish list I think. Bx

  22. Hi John, a beautiful card. Love how you have recessed the pattern.

  23. Love the simplistic look of this, the colours work well for a "male" card.
    Lynne x

  24. Hi John,
    I love this card, another must have. Trying to think of cards for men is difficult.

    Have a great day

  25. Ooh that's nice John, in fact you may say it's simple but the effect is stunning. A great guys card but would work equally well for the ladies in more feminine colours.
    Have a great day, blessings - Deb C xx

  26. Hi John
    Another lovely card, and it's always nice to see a mens version.

  27. I live this die I must get it! I like simple cards Mind you my mind is boggling at the mo re the instructions for the aperture pieces but it's probably because I haven't got the die in front of me and picture it. Looks great in these colours too

  28. The photo doesn't do it justice John. It's much nicer in real life. Lovely to meet you at Purple butterfly crafts today. I'll be back there Monday to get some of Sue's new Christmas dies. Annie P xx

  29. Hi John, Another lovely card in male colours!?.Take care Jane B.

  30. Hi John, love this die as the Canadian background die is one of my favourites, I would have no problem giving this card to a male. Take Care Melody xxx

  31. It may be simple but it is still a gorgeous card, I do love this die.

  32. Hi John,
    a great man card,good colours together.
    Take care,Maria x

  33. Hi John,
    lovely die and lovely card - to me that still isn't a male card as the background is all flowers.
    Best wishes, Rose

  34. This card is gorgeous. I love the dies. Both the canadian background and the flower die

  35. Hi John. This is simply gorgeous, I love it : ) Take care x

  36. Eh up John
    Wonderful card with just the right level of fella fuss.
    Thought you had barred me as Blogger wouldn't let me comment yesterday hahaha!
    Have a great day (I'm at work. . . . . 3 days on the trot arrrgh!)
    Ang x

  37. This is beautiful. I pinned.