Masculine, Techniques & Tutorials

Water Wash By The Tide

Dear Crafters,

Water Wash Technique with By The Tide

Today I share a masculine card created with the Water Wash technique, something I haven’t done a lot of experimenting with, but had some fun in the process.

Most of the cards I have seen using this technique have been feminine cards, so my challenge to myself, was to create a masculine card.

By the Tide

I stamped the images and embossed them all with clear embossing powder and heat set them. This was so that when I added the watercolour over the top, the images didn’t run. I used Pool Party for the first wash over the entire card, then went back and added colour from the bottom with Lost Lagoon. This added the depth to the card. I also added a little (diluted) colour of each of the images over the top and around them to give them a “glow”.

The ink pads I used for the images were: Coral (Versamark & dabbed Calypso Coral), Seahorse (Hello Honey), Fish (Mossy Meadow), Crayfish (Cajun Craze).

By the Tide

I added the splatter by tapping the brush with the Lost Lagoon ink. I used my heat tool to dry it so it didn’t run too much. I stamped happy birthday then used the Word Window punch before attaching it with dimensionals.

I love how this coral has a glow because I used the Versamark ink then dabbed the Calypso Coral over the top before pressing it onto the white watercolour card stock.

Once the card was dry, I also ran the Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the card, not only to define the border, but also to colour the side edges of the white card. This is a handy tip instead of adding another layer of card stock!

By the Tide

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your card and your envelope! Do you do this? Because I can never send a card in the mail that has a nude envelope!!!

By the Tide

I would love you to comment below with your thoughts on this card.


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Challenges, Masculine


Hello Crafters,

With an extra hours sleep today (daylight savings ending) I have been up and busy entering some card challenges!

At Paper Craft Crew Challenges this week, it’s a Card Sketch Challenge!

Card Sketch 87

I wanted to try something completely different today with this challenge. I felt the need to work on some more masculine cards (certainly not my favourite style with all girls in our family), and also to try the Black Magic technique. So here we go!

I stamped the lobster from the stamp set, By the Tide with White Craft Ink onto black card stock and then heat set it.

Colour over the white ink with watercolour pencils. Start with the lighter colours and then build up the shading with the darker colours. What a cool effect you end up with!

Black Magic Technique

I used a black card base and added a Tempting Turquoise banner embossed with the Chevron TIEF. Before adhering the banner, I stamped a couple of other images from the By The Tide stamp set in White Craft ink.

The anchor image was stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink onto Tempting Turquoise card and punched with the 1″ circle punch and adhered with a dimensional.

The sentiment is stamped from Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and I punched it out with the Word Window punch, before sticking down with more dimensionals.

Black Magic Technique

The Basic Metal Buttons are from the current Occasions Catalogue and give a real masculine feel to finish off this card.

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 Happy Stamping,
Name Banner

High Tide

Hello Crafters,

Time for something a little masculine again!

If you haven’t had a look in the Occasions Catalogue, I suggest you do ~ there are some amazing products available and this High Tide DSP is one of them (available until 30th June 2014).

These nautical designs and colors are perfect for him or her and coordinates with the High Tide suite.

Coordinating colors: Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White.

■ 12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs
■ 12″ x 12″
■ Acid free, lignin free

High Tide $18.95 (#132992)










and here is the card I made with this wonderful paper

High Tide DSP     High Tide

IMG_4370     IMG_4368

I also used a few punches to create the scallop circle, chevron border punch and the Word Window punch with the sentiment stamped on it.

The seahorse is a stamp from the By The Tide stamp set.

Thanks to Angela Footit, my fellow SU demonstrator, for this card design template.

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Happy crafting,

Name Banner

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Scallop Tag Topper Card (masculine)

Hello Crafters,

I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t get enough of this Scallop Tag Topper Punch. I think it may have something to do with just how versatile it is and what can be created with it!


For the card base, I started with a piece of Soft Sky card stock measuring 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.

Measure and mark the centre along the shorter side. Flip the card and repeat. Shimmy it into the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (#133324) and line up the mark with the centre of the scallop punch.

To see a video on how to create this card base Click Here

Here is a close up of the card!


I used the High Tide DSP (#132992) and By the Tide Stamp set (W#131910, C#129120) and fussy cut the fish and adhered with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set (W#128706, C#122497) and punched with the Large Oval punch (#119855).

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Happy Australia Day

Hello Crafters,

Happy Australia Day to everyone plus I would like to wish my dad a very happy birthday on this wonderful sunny Melbourne day!

My girls and I will be heading over to dad’s shortly to help him celebrate his birthday with a yummy lunch, but first I had to share with you the box envelope I made to put his card in and the tickets we got him for his birthday. The Envelope Punch Board (EPB) has become a much loved tool in my house since it became available through Stampin’ Up! in October.


Seeing as my dad loves the ocean, almost as much as he loves his golf (I made a golf card!) I thought I would use some of the High Tide Designer Series Paper from the new Occasions catalogue which is available for purchase in only 2 more days!

I also used the By the Tide Stamp Set for the images.

and here is a close up of the detail


I hope you are all having a wonderful Australia Day and long weekend, and I look forward to showing you some more items in the next few days.

Happy Crafting,

Name Banner


Brayer Card

Good morning Stampers,

Today for the first time, I had a go at the brayering technique and although I wasn’t overly happy with the outcome, it turned out okay. I think I need lots more practice with this tool as I have seen some amazing cards using the brayer.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set: By the Tide & Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Inkpads: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Craft White, Tangerine Tango, Raspberry Ripple

Cardstock: Pool Party & Whisper White

Tools: Paper Trimmer, Circle 1″ Punch, Stampamijig, Brayer

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay Marker


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Happy stamping,



Water Gel Technique


Isn’t this the cutest card you have ever seen?

How cool… it looks like real water!

This is an amazing technique that I just had to try and was shocked at how easy and effective it was to create.

 Stampin’ Up! Items used:

Stamp Sets: By the Tide, Morning Meadow
Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Real Red, Soft Suede
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White

Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Tombo Glue, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Oval Die, Hair Gel, Small plastic zip lock bag