Sunday, 27 January 2013

Oh So Distressed

 Hi guys!  Well i guess with a title like that, you aren't expecting one of my flowery, blingy, girlie cards, are you? LOL  I thought I would throw one in for the guys this week, as I have had so many requests for guy cards.  While they aren't always as exciting, we certainly need them so here is one for the manliest men in your lives.  Distressed, grungey, and textural, all the things that most men would really appreciate in a card I think.  I started with a piece of black coordinations card that had a grey core to it.  I embossed it using the Industrial embossibility folder.  I sanded the embossing back to reveal the grey core, giving it a very distressed look.  I wrapped a piece of natural jute twine around the bottom of the card and added some of the fun gears from Tim Holtz.  Next I stamped the car from the Going Places set from Justrite and cut it out with the matching Vintage Labels and banner die.  I simply used a black archival ink pad to stamp it with and then used a Pumice stone distress ink on it while it was still ink the die to give it a vintage feel.  I stamped the sentiment and small frame from the With Gratitude set from Justrite.  I inked it with Pumice stone after cutting it out with the matching Antique Tags one die shape.  I added it to the card so it was surrounded by the faux riveted area within the embossing folder.  I matted with a double layer of grey card and added Cosmic Shimmer silver PVA glue dots to finish it off.  If you aren't a lover of the distressed masculine cards, I promise something a bit softer for tomorrow's post.  Finished dimensions are 6" x 7 1/2" in size.
  It is Sunday so time again for some winners names to be announced!  This week's comment game winners are:
Nannapat!!!
Brenda Hanlon!!!
Becky Dunham!!!
Congratulations!  Please email me at americansue1@gmail.com to confirm your address and claim your prize.  All for now, Sue x


















136 comments:

auscrafts said...

good male card

Pam said...

A very macho card as you say Sue. The background is great and the cogs are a nice touch. Should please any male.

Michelle said...

I have just found my father-in-law's birthday card thanks to you Sue. This is great and I know he will love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Michelle E xx

Lynne M said...

Hi Sue, brilliant male card . Lol Lynne M x x x

Missmizog said...

Great masculine card, always need ideas for men.
Thanks Sue.
Sue

Lacelady said...

I still can't warm to that asymmetric die Sue, but other than that, it's definitely a man card, and I'm sure would be well received.

Linda said...

what a great card
hugs linda

tracy w said...

Hello Sue what a great card for the guys its give me some idea for my dads birthday card thankyou tracy w x

Corinne said...

Hi Sue another great mans card I have found some old watch pieces that Might just come in useful!!! hugs Corinne

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
I am not a lover darkish cards but this is just perfect for a mans card.
Love everything about this must have a look for that car stamp.
Have a Great Day

Patricia xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Great card for the men. Love that embossing folder and the string and gears are the male equivalent of bows and dazzlers for the ladies! Brilliant. Take care.

Gail said...

Morning Sue,
Lovely mans cards, I'm sure this style of card will be used time and time again.
Gail C x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
This is a great card idea for the men in our lives, I love any card with gears on I use a lot of them especially when making steampunk style cards.
Hugs x

Heather said...

Morning Sue!

This is a fabulous card. I love all the detail after all men like bling as well just a bit more masculine to ours. Men's cards are really taking off now I think.


Crafty Hugs from a very very wet and windy Kent
Heather Rogers xx

Karen R said...

Really pleased to get ideas for men's cards as I have five brothers! Love the distressed background effect especially xx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,

Great card, just perfect for the husband, father in law and brothers in law :-) love all the textures too :-)

Anonymous said...

Think that embossing folder is a must-have, Sue - really great man card.
Like the faux rivet effect too.

'P' in Wales

Anne Crawford said...

Good gents card, but looking forward to tomorrow's !

Victoria said...

The men in my life would really love this card! It's great. Congratulations to the comment winners - I continue to live in hope!!

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a good title and don't they get 'distressed' quickly the males in our lives -
This is definitely a folder I need as I have quite a few of the steam punk stamps and this would be a dream to go with them.
Congrats to this week's winners.
Janet x

Joesgrandma said...

Really good guys' card Sue. Love the embelishments. Happy Sunday!

Anonymous said...

A perfect man's card - well I will rephrase that - a perfect card for a man!!! Love it, YvonneMayxx

Rose in Chester said...

Brilliant card for men. I'm intrigued what you have for us tomorrow.
Have a great day.

Christine Harrop said...

perfect for the men in our lives. I have shied away from these embossing folders but I can see they actually look great. Christine x

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Fantastic mans card. Those stamps are some I have always wanted.
Audrey x

Jean Johnston said...

I really like this card. It is just what we need for a man's card. The cogs are a perfect replacement for the girly flowers.

sarah hyett said...

A super card. X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, This male card is fantastic, I didn't realise the embossing folder had the faux rivetted area, that is stunning and I'm loving those stamps more and more.
Congrats to the lucky winners.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Oksana said...

Hi Sue! A great male card!x

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Still not liking these dies, but everything else is great.
Congratulations to the winners.
Lydia
X

Debs Artliff said...

Morning sue i love this one with it being for the men as I allways struggle with mns cards. And this one is great i love. I love this stamp and dies. I'll be having a go at this one ss its solved a big problem. Take care sue xxx


Debs Artliff

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, another great male card, a bit like something Sam would do!
Congratulations to all the lucky winners.

Love Jean xxxx

Carol Clarke said...


Morning Sue, brilliant card for the guys. Love the string and cogs, I must try this one.
Hugs
Carol x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue like the background and cogs not keen on the die but the layout is lovely Jean Z xx

nannapat said...

Love today's card Sue, I have a few mens' cards to do in February and this will definitely be making an appearance. So excited that I'm a winner in the draw! Pat x

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - not my bag this one sorry! Looking forward to tomorrow's post though.
Rgs
Clare W

foxyg said...

That's a great man card Sue.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I love guy cards and this is fab, love the texture and the car

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I need several man cards for the next month, so these are great, and different from the run of the mill man cards, Thank you for the insiration.

Love Rosemarie xx

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, great guy card. I love using that folder for cards. Congrats to the winners. Bx

Ladock girl said...

Great male card today Sue. Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your goodies. Linda xxx

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Brilliant male card love those vintage stamps great for male cards.

Congrats to all the winners.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

karen keen said...

Love this card. Reminds me to dig out my co'ordinations, that I keep forgetting about.
Love
Karen x

Crafty Nanna said...

Great male card Sue. Congratulations to the winnders too.

Jane said...

Love this stamp set really affective.The card is amazing love it.

Jane xx

HiggiSue said...

Thumbs up from me. :-)

Anthea said...

Good morning Sue, love this card, I have these dies and stamps so will be making a few of this one. Hugs xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, i love this mbossibility and have used it loads on male cards and projects, it looks great with foil tape. Fabulous card today. Emma

Annie said...

Morning Sue. I like what you have done, I will get one of my son's take on it but I think it's great for a guy. Loved Sam's shows yesterday. I have withdrawal -my GC was taken to hospital yesterday because bits inside fell off - I need to go to rehab LOL don't know what to do with myself. Every card I think of making needs a die or an emboss...
Have a good day Hugs Annie

hazel said...

Lovely card Sue, love the card stamp. You could just change the sentiments and you have a great fathers day card xx hazel

Carol S. said...

Morning Sue, A grundgy but great male card.They are such a pain to make cards for! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Clare said...

Great men's card, love the background.

Clare x

Izzwizz said...

I am a lover of this type of card :-) Right up my street. I love the way you coloured the car die cut simply with pumice stone, it works much better then the more fussy colouring I tried at first, and goes really well with the background. Thanks for the inspiration, hope you have a great day. Maddy x

Crafty Lark said...

So glad to see you providing such great guy card inspiration. Thank you. xx Flora

Susan White said...

Great card for a guy today - I love the textured grungy background layer too! Really enjoyed Sam's show yesterday on C&C too - yet more inspiration for those hard to make for fellas!!

Thanks, Susan x

Mia said...

Oh Sue, I LOVE your creativity and the inspiration you share. I have problem's with 'fella' card's; hope you don't mind me 'nicking' quite a few of your idea's :) Thank's Sue, where would half of us be without YOU??!!

Maggie said...

A rough tough card, just what's needed sometimes. Sam had some great ideas with her Sherlock stamps yesterday. I think they would look really good mixed with these. Thanks Sue. xx

Disco Queen said...

Fabulous card Sue! I love the monotone metallic look and the cogs on the twine. With love & light Theresa. H.

karenlotty said...

Like Lacelady and Jean Z I'm not keen on the shape of this die Brilliant choice for a male card & not using "sport" as the theme I think it wud work with just a big sentiment Not fussy and straight to the point! Well done to the winners Fingers crossed that I' lucky next time lol!

Marleine said...


Hi Sue,
Love the card.
Just made 3 mens cards, this would have been ideal. I was almost having a break down trying. Will be making a sample to have on standby. Thanks. X

Maryann said...

Such an awesome male card here Sue, and hubby stands here next to me and just said, finally a great card without all this dingly dangly girly stuff, that we always use on our cards ha ha ha.

Clarissa said...

Brilliant card for the men. Really love it.
Clarissa.X

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
What an amazing card for the guys a very tough guy look. Why are they always so difficult..
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
A very good male card-always good to get ideas for them.

petlady said...

Good morning Sue,this is a good male card I see you have the pearls around the edge which I do love. Sandra xx

hotpotato said...

love the man card.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, A great male card, love the embossing folder. The gears and twine replacing flowers and bling.
Can't wait to see what you have for us tomorrow. Enjoyed Sam's shows.
Congrats to the winners, enjoy ladies.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Jackie Calvert said...

Nice one Sue. I struggle for male cards, the background is perfect, and I must get it.

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, great mans card, Sam's demos yesterday were awesome
she gave us some great ideas. Now watching the tennis, come on Andy!
Take care, Jess x

maxine h said...

Great card Sue, I have these stamps and dies so I'm gonna have a go at this one, I've a couple of male birthdays coming up so that will be good.
Big hugs
Max xx

madebylilly said...

I love todays card Sue, as I struggle so much with male cards. I really like the distressed looks.

Love, Lilly xx

sallysbitz said...

This is a great card. It is true, we DO need some male cards, but I struggle with them too!!

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Sue

Fabulous male card

xxx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
I have some male cards to make soon and this design would suit a couple of them, I will use decoupage as I don't stamp.
Congratulations to the winners
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Felicie said...

Great mens card Sue.It is so fantastic.
Greetings
Felicie

pannem said...

Just been playing about with a cogs embossing folder on plumbers tape and black acrylic paint as shown by Sam Poole on yesterdays show. Was just wondering what to do with it and up popped your blog. So I have been doubly inspired by Sam and yourself, as mum of two grown up sons I always struggle with men cards. You're so versitile 7 inspirational, Sue xxx

Fieldsend said...

Hi Sue, You may called it distressed but the card looks fab to me and thanks for your inspiration.

Love June
xx

Sue C said...

Another good mans card, keep them coming Sue, they are always well appreciated as I find men hard to design a card for so thank you xx

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue wow what a great mens card and amazingly I received these stamps and die sets yesterday!! I was over the moon when Sam got more stock in,I need to go to the diy store to get some insulation tape!! Lol keep the male cards coming please!! How about some ideas for teenagers too love lesley xx

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
have to say the co-ordinations card make this card. Wonderful foundation to set the card off. Yes great guys card. Yet so simple to do
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
Great card. Wishing I had those stamps now and matching dies!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Joan B.

iggy said...

great male card......dont like the shape of the main part...its just me i guess .......like i dont like crowns either........sam poole was on C&C yesterday & her ideas were fab BUT didnt like the crowns on her cards BUT loved the main ideas. thanks for letting us know else i would have missed them.

June Fletcher said...

Hi Sue

A great card for the men today

June x

Marlene said...

Love this MAN card so many great backgrouds now to play with, with different technique to try Thanks for your knowledge Sue

guffie said...

what a fantasticly masculine card love it all xx gail in eastbourne

CraftyJo said...

I love it - got a lot of men in my life to make cards for so appreciate the inspiration.

Celina Dee said...

Great one for the guys!! Love it and that embossing folder is so innovative don't you think? Chalk one up for the Spellbinders team!! LOL

Marianna Hammer said...

This is a men's card, if ever I saw one :) Lovely and very well made.
Have a lovely Sunday :)

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Another great mans card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

p.s. well done to the winners

Jan Caven said...

Hi Sue
This is a great card for men. I love the look and would suit young and old.
Love Jan x x

CraftygasheadZo said...

As much as I adore your feminine cards, Sue, I love this one! Great detail and perfect for all ages. Great work! Take care Zo xx

Elaine Bryan said...

Hello Sue - this is a fab card, love the background.
Elaine

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Jill Liddle said...

A great mens card this one.

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, a great card for the guys
and as someone said for all ages
young and old. Nancyd xx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Love the male orientated cards you are giving us Sue. This design would work for a birthday as well as other male themes xXx

"Talk to the Tail" said...

Oops Meant to say Congrats to the winners!

Barbara said...

Fabulous card Sue, love the grungy distressed look. Background is great. Loved Sams shows yesterday, she really loves vintage and had some brilliant demos. Need those Sherlock stamps now!!!

Ria Gall said...

A great male card Sue these stamps and dies are so good for anything male. Love the colours you have used
Ria

utilitygirl said...

Really love this card Sue, love the colours, the design, everything - it's great.

Malou said...

A great male card. Love it.

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card for a man. Very stylish.
Margaret L

MARGARET said...

Hi Sue
Great card for a man. Very stylish.
Margaret L

magpie said...

This is a cracking mans card Sue! What man isn't a car lover in some shape or form from vintage to new. Love everything about it. Not only for a birthday but for Fathers Day too. "Thank you Sue". Hope you & your loved one's are okay. xx Congratulations to the comment winners! Nannapat, Brenda & Becky enjoy your prizes! xx Love Karen xx

Karen Lewis said...

Lovely masculine card.

maxine said...

Great card Sue, love the cad image and cogs x

Kimpy said...

I just love this card.

xx Kimpy

Paper Junkie said...

Brilliant male card Sue. Still not sure about that die shape - but it is growing on me....X

Laura O said...

great card love the background.A great male card .Laura O

sued99 said...

Looking good. I think some of those things are now on my wish list.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Great card for the boys, I am sure this one would go down well with any male family/feiends I have.
Love the embossing, in fact it is a fantastic card - one I will certainly love to give a go.
Hope you have had a good day. I am trying to tidy and reorganise my craft room!!!!!
Congratulations to the winners.
Love Brenda Lel x

Sue E said...

Great Blokes card.

Tres said...

Hi Sue. A fantastic manly card for today !! I love the background folder. Perfect for men cards !! The stamps and matching dies look great to. A great finishing touch with the metal embellishments. I love the effects of core'dinations cardstock too. Congrats to todays winners. Lots of love Tres x x x

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!! Great male card

Mol x

Carole Z said...

Great guy card Sue, I love this background..have it, yet to use it! Carole Z X

Becky Dunham said...

Oh my goodness Sue! I LOVE this card. Everything about it! I am going to have to head over to JustRite and get that Going Places stamp set - you use so many of those that I must have! I am so EXCITED that I am a comment winner this week!!! i will be emailing you right now!

Janice K said...

A great card for the men. x

Janice K said...

A great card for the men. x

salem said...

fab card like color

melody said...

Hi Sue, great male card, you make every card look so easy. Thank you so much for keeping your blog going it makes my day stuck in here so much of the time, many of the nurses stop by my bed to take a look at your beautiful cards. Hugs Melody xXx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Great man's card. I've got a tin og broken bits of watches, brooches etc to use on male cards as the grungy add on bits & they would work really well with this type of card - will have to go & break something else now to add to my stash.
Beverley W

Joan Rickards said...

Again a lovely card how excellent are you xx

Linda Simpson said...

Superb male card and loving the distressed background. Congratulations to the winners too.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Teresa said...

Hi Sue, it's ages since I left a comment - usually just a flying visit when i get chance. Love this male card. I find them so difficult to do - don't seem to get the inspiration some how but this is good. really must get some of the JustRite stamps and dies think they are bril. Bye for now Teresa xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What a great card for the men in our lives.Really do like these stamps.

brenda said...

Hi Sue, fab male card, lovely background x

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue,
This is a really great men's card, I love it.
Congrats to the winners,
Sue xx

Doodles said...

Hi sue fantastic work xxx

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
I am back from Texas... This is a fun card for the guys.. Thanks

Vie Carter said...

Great card Sue

Vie
x

jeffrey bubbles said...

small it may be Sue but as usual I really like it. Have now bought some microbeads so will try to make one similar for my neice. Thanks as always Kathy

Su said...

Great male card! Thanks for the inspiration Sue!

Su (Soop)

Joanna said...

Great card, my dad would love it xxx

Cheryl said...

Wow! That embossed & sanded background is just perfect for this card.

jeffrey bubbles said...

Not sure this is my type of card but suitable for the men in our lives. Will save it as normal as may come in usefull Kathy

Karen said...

Hi Sue

This card is beautiful as usual,just love this stamp set, but I missed ordering it on C&C. Can you tell me if they are coming back to screnn so I can purchase.