Thursday, 8 August 2013

Birthday Blessings To You

Hello crafters!  Here is one you can use for the guys in your life as it has a rather masculine feel to it.  I started by embossing black card with my Basketweave embossing folder.  I cut it into strips and matted them with soft gold card.  Using the Enchanted gold gilding wax, I rubbed it along the embossed card to give it a gilded look.  I love the way it really brings out the embossed pattern too.  I arranged the strips in a sort of woven look with two strips going horizontally and two strips going vertically down the card.  I taped them in to place from the back and then attached them to a piece of taupe coloured card to create my background.  I cut a large Gold Labels Four die out of soft gold card.  I used a smaller size to cut the inside out to create a frame.  I used the median die in that set and added it in during the embossing phase only to add a lovely textural look to the frame.  I stamped a piece of black card using the Floral Lace stamp from my Stamps To Die For Range from Creative Expressions.  I embossed it with black powder and added it behind my frame with mounting foam.  I stamped my sentiment on taupe card and cut it out with the Stately Circle die.  I lightly inked it with Black Soot while still in the die, then added it to the centre of my frame with mounting foam.  I finished the card with a double pierced mat of taupe card and some flatback black pearls in the lower corner.  Finished dimensions are 8" x 9" in size.  All for now, Sue x









126 comments:

Pam said...

This is a great males card, lovely.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - love this - it's a must try!
Rgs
Clare W

TDQ Karen said...

Great card for the men in your life, love the basket weave effect xx

Wilma Brown said...

Men, what do you do with them, I find it so difficult to make really nice "mens cards" but you have given me inspiration with this card. So lovely for the man in your life.

Wilma x x x

Jan.moogie said...

Now I like this idea of weaving card, a great card today Sue.x

Eemeli said...

Fabulous layout, great color combo and I love the gilded look.

Hugs,
Eemeli

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue
thank you another gem of inspiration nice card take care Kitty

Bosquie said...

Another brilliant card idea. The gilding wax is fantastic,as is the card. Xxx

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
I love the basketweave strips woven like this. That's a really clever idea. The card is great for the guys as you say but equally for the girls too. The gilding wax really brings out the pattern too. Thanks for the inspiration yet again.

Rosie said...

Gilding wax, Gold Labels Four and a Stately Circle. Excellent!

Debs A said...

Morning Sue love this males card. I like how you do the basket wave ive got the gliding wax but never used them so i think its time i got them out. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Great card love the basket weave embossing folder and the way you have cut it into strips and then woven it. Must get some of the gilding wax looks so good on this card makes the strips look like metal fab. for male cards.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anne O said...

Hi Sue
Another great card, and such a simple concept! I love the woven strips with the basket weave embossing. When are your lovely A4 folders coming back into stock? They seem to add a certain something to cards.
Best wishes
Anne O

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
WOW!! What a beautiful card, and that embossing on black - simply divine.
Never mind the men, I know quite a few women who'd be very happy to receive a card like this!
Hugs, Rose

baconbits said...

Morning Sue - fantastic - love the woven card looks amazing.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a wonderful gift this morning for as you say 'the guys in our lives'. Simple but so so effective. I love the basketweave folder and use it frequently.
Today's colour scheme is regal and the format really makes the statement.
I really must buy some of the gilding wax.
Janet x

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, what a great card, good for men, but also for women if you change the colours. I love my basket weave folder, and the idea of the strips is great. Bx

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card a love it for a man's card. Great idea and love it. Have a great dat.

Love June
xxx

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
This is a great card, love what you done. Could be done with any strips of embossed card, definitely will give this a try
Have a great day
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Jan Caven said...

Hi sue
What a lovely crisp clean looking card. I love the strips of basket weave, another winner.
Love Jan x x

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
This is a great card, love what you done. Could be done with any strips of embossed card, definitely will give this a try
Have a great day
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. Lovely card again too.. Before I read the description I thought it was the black etching card, embossed. The gilding wax really makes that embossing pop.. I must try this. Xxx

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

This is a great card and I will e trying it out.

nuttinanni said...

very interesting man card. can we have more as I find it hard to come up with something for all the males in my life? cherylx

Heather Rogers said...

Good Morning Sue

This card is great love the idea of the strips and that Enchanted Gold, how lovely is that gilding wax? I just love it and use it so much.

I have just managed to get some of the Iced Snow from Sam that you used on the cards so am going to give your fire and ice a go! :)

Have a great day Sue
Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

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Maria I said...

what a lovely card - I always struggle with male cards so great inspiration -thanks Sue

Gail said...

Good morning Sue
What a brilliant card, it's a must try! And as you say good for the men in our lives.
Gail C x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Fabulous card I love the way you've cut the embossed card into strips it's another 'must try'.
Hugs x
Heather T

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, A really lovely card, great for a male, I really get an 'oriental' feel from the basketweave strips and gilding wax, it is truly lovely.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Great male card but equally great for the women too, love the gilding wax too.
Donna Jones

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Great card, only got 2 male cards to do but lots of girlie ones so been looking through the blog for ideas.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Marion Bull said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card and perfect for men! Love the gilding effect.
Marion xx

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, Great card I use the basket weave a lot, but hadn't thought of cutting it into strips, must give it a try.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, a fabulous card for the
guys still have one to do this year
so this would be perfect don't have
this die but plenty others not unlike it.
Nancyd xx

Laura O said...

Sue, a fab card love the embossed strips .Laura O

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - another great way to use the basketweave folder and such a brilliant card for men. Will be making quite a few of these I think!
YvonneMayxx

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
As you say a good male card, but change the colours and go for anybody. Great idea to weave the strips look so effective.
Lydia
X

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, great card for the men! Love how you have weaved the paper. Love Jean xxx

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Sue, great elements on a classy card! Love the weaving and the use of the gilding wax.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Anonymous said...

Clever concept, Sue, with the basket weave strips. Love the colourway and can see a copying session (of sorts, as I don't have any of the elements) coming on. Great for inspiration.

'P' in Wales

jessie said...

MORNING SUE
GREAT MALE CARD.MUST GIVE IT A TRY.
WAXING SURE STANDS OUT.

hazel young said...

LOvely card Sue really like the basket weave design with the gilding paste xx hazel

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone.
Lovely card suitable for any gender. x

Joanne K said...

Hi Sue, fab card today and yes I agree a good one for the men in our lives. Kind regards Joanne K x

Marion said...

Hi Sue i agree a good male card ,like the basket weave too.
Marion H

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Stunning, elegant card - love it.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Pauline A said...

Definitely top of my list for a male card. Great card Sue. Pauline A x

snowqueen62 said...

A really nice card. Got some of the guilding flakes the other week now looks like I need the wax too. Stunning results.
Hugs Sue x

Sonia Jones said...

Great for the men in our lives. I lovethis embossing folder and i use it loads. Hugs to all Sonia x

nannapat said...

Great design Sue, perfect for the men. Having said that, in different colours it could be very feminine too. Pat x

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, Stunning card, love how you have woven the strips, the gilding wax makes them pop. As you say a great male card, agree with Rose in Chester, I know a few females who would love to receive it.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

englishrose897 said...

Great card for the men in your like, I've got some gilding wax for several years back will dig them out from the back of the cupboard. Sally

Jax said...

Hi Sue,This one is so different,I love it. Jackie. x

weefortune said...

Hi Sue, grat crad love the effect the gilding wax gives. Elaine xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. great masculine card. Love the use of the gilding wax.
Love Val x

Anonymous said...

love the background, must try that for a male card

mol x

beachie said...

Hi Sue
This is a perfect masculine card. Love the way you have done the strips matted onto the soft gold.
Audrey x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, fabulous card, love the layout with the embossed strips. Emma

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card Sue .X. happy crafting

Pi Casso said...

This is interesting! I enjoyed reading your great post.Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have shared here. Marie-Therese Mit Strohhut

gwen70 said...

Great card Sue, ideal for the men in our lives

Sandybee said...

A great way to use the basket weave folder. I love this card Sue

xx Sandra

Joan Hill said...

Hi Sue,
Wasn't sure about this one at first, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it, so thank you x

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

This is an excellent card for the guys, love the basket weave effect with the strips.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
LOVE IT - great card for the men
Hugs
Carol x

hollyberry said...

Think that this card is very different but also great-a must try!

Jackie Calvert said...

Morning Sue.
I like this one, I struggle to design cards for men, but this is perfect. Thanks.
Love Jackie C. XXX

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, . Love the layout of this card. In fact I love everything about it, Basket weave folder the gilding wax soft gold card. And yes it would be a great one for the men in our life.
Thank you for sharing this with us, love Brenda Lel xxx

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, love the basket weave effect, great male card. Take care, Jess xx

Annie said...

Fabulous card for a man, love the basket weave stripes!
Hugs Annie

Lacelady said...

This one might look right for a man card, but I can see how changing the embossing folder would also change the card! I just love the woven look.

Janice Wallace said...

Morning Sue,
need to try this one NOW since I have a few male birthdays coming up, and when they are not into fishing, football or beer, it's hard to know what to do for them. This is perfect.
Janice W

redfox said...

I love the weaving with the embossing folder. I use this folder loads. I agree the weaving looks good for men, but the gold labels four is a little too frilly for the men in my life!! But i'm going to give this a go for my female friends. Love Sarah

TOB said...

I love this embossing folder, great male card. hugs x

tracy w said...

hi sue
great male card

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
You never cease to amaze me with your ideas of changing things about...I love how you have cut the embossed card into strips, it would also look good in pastel colours with your wonderful flowers for a female card. This is a great male card.

Love Sheila xx

Jill Liddle said...

Beautiful card and useful for many occasions

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue! Love this card design partiularly as I already have all the ingredients!! :) Thank you for the great inspiration as men are always so difficult to design for. x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Love the way you have woven the embossed strips and the gilding wax really brings out the embossing, super card!!!
Best wishes, Pat

Izzwizz said...

I love the effect you get with gilding waxes on dark card, fab idea to cut this one into strips. That basketweave is the only a4 folder I own & I fancy having a go with it after seeing this. Thanks for the inspiration Sue! Maddy x

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, just love the basket weave folder it looks gorgeous with the gold rubbed onto it also love the card love Jean Z xx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning, love the basket weave effect and all the gorgeous gilding, Kate x

nattyboots said...

ooo this cards different and i love it

Elaine H X

camelot67 said...

Good Morning Sue,
I totally agree that this would make a terrific card for the men in our lives. So far I've yet to try gilding wax but am looking forward to giving it a go. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Margaret A

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the basket weave.

Clare x

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
What a fantastic card and great that it will serve as a male card too. I love what you have done with the basket weave it give an almost celtic look to the card. I do find this embossing folder so useful for lots of cards.
Margaret corgi owner

Maggie said...

This is a lovely masculine card I agree, but with a change of colours and embossing folder it would become so feminine too. Very useful - thanks. xx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a very opulent look card. It's beautiful and elegant.

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
LOVE THE WEAVE IDEA. GOING TO HAVE TO TRY IT. WONDERFUL CARD LOVE YOUR IDEAS.
BORN AGAIN SPELLBINDER
NADINE HUG XXXX

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
I love the weaved embossed panels. I personally feel the die cut labels are too girly for a mans card. I would use a plain die. Love the gilding wax.

Sandy

Anonymous said...


Great masculine card Sue. You have brilliant ideas. Would also look good in other colours. Marie

Joanne2403 said...

Very Masculine, great idea to break up the embossed background that way and the labels 4 dies, from the basic to the ornate are by far fav's, tfs Sue :)

Gail said...

Fab card and as you say perfect for a male card with some adaptions - luv the basket weave EF and the gilding effect xx GailT xx

CraftyJo said...

Fabulous - love it all. I would never have thought to add the flatback pearls in the bottom corner but they really do add a finishing touch.

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue would you believe I am actually in the middle of making this for a male friends 80th. This is the 3rd one I have made since you did it in Aberdeen. Great idea for men

regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

Helen Barker said...

Love the weaving effect.Great masculine card.
Helen Bx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Just love the way you have used the basket weave embossing folder strips really helps with the masculine feel although in different colours it would work equally well for us females. Thanks for sharing.
Beverley W

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Love the gilding wax on the black

Tres said...

Hi Sue. WOW !! What a fantastic male card today !! It just looks so masculine but at the same time has a touch of elegance too. I love the colours you have used. They work so well together. I have just bought the enchanted gold wax to !! Such a great idea to emboss your basket weave folder then cut it into strips and weave that too !! How do you think of all these fab ideas ? I really liked yesterday's card to. happy crafting to all. Lots of love Tres x x x

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Love this card. You have come up with another great idea for the men. I must get some of the gilding waxes! Take care.

Tres said...

Hi Sue its Tres again. I forgot to say , my step daughter came to stay with us for a few days. She loves crafting to. We always craft together when she stays with us. We finally got around to doing your shaving foam technique and we just had so much fun !! Despite all your instructions we got shaving foam every where , got ourselves in a right mess !! and we had a good laugh. The following day my other half was complaining that he did not have any shaving foam left !! Thankfully I had already bought him another bottle. Thanks for all your inspiration love Tres x x x

SusanP, Kent said...

I really like the strips of basketweave matted onto gold. The 'white spaces' draw attention to the pattern without using the whole design which might overwhelm the textures on the frame. Beautiful and masculine at the same time.
Sue

Jennifer Swandells said...

This is a lovely card Sue and very ingenious to cut up the basket weave embossing, this is something that I will take as a little tip to use on my cards. I love the gold paper and the die that has been cut from it. Hugs, Jen xx
Krafty Keepsakes

Maryann Laursen said...

A very different, but still very beautiful card. Especially for a male is this just soooooooo perfect, and I love the metallic look on it too.

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue another winner it is fantastic and a great idea for a male card that we all struggle with .I love the effect the wax made .
Thanks for the inspiration.
Smiles
Ita

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Sue, the basketweave strips with the gilding wax look so effective, love from Jackie D

lynda said...

Wow a lovely man card love the basket weave strips with gilding wax very elective a great card . Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Susan White said...

Really like the interwoven strips on this card Sue.

Thanks, Susan

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Love the gilded effect on the embossed card. Have just bought some so can't wait to have a play. Oh! A gorgeous card too! Hugs, Carol S.xx

Paper Junkie said...

Finally got my mitts on some of that soft gold card and some gilding wax too (Sam Poole). It does look really elegant. X

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, I really like this idea and yes....a great idea for a male card. Look forward to more Christmas ideas too. Love Sam xxx

karenlotty said...

Lovely idea Have the wax & black card Just need the folder! Live the opulence but look equally as good in softer colours

Cee Bee said...

This is a fab male card, gold and black is just the best combo.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

magpie said...

Fantastic male card Sue! Wow, just perfect! You're a wonderful inspiration to us all! "Thank you" xx Love Karen xx

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

Like this card.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

SHARICA said...

Lovely card again .. xx very posh looking :)

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
A great manly card. Can never have enough ideas for male cards.
Alison B. x

Vie Carter said...

great card for men

Vie
x

Hellma said...

Lovely.

Katie-Louise said...

Hi Sue
This is a very opulent men's card. I live the gilded basket weave strips you have weaved. The soft gold card die cut in gold labels four is a great frame for the black stamped and embossed centre. I love that the floral lace doesn't look at all girlie in this black embossing powder and black card such a different look in this way.
You have certainly made a great card for the men in our lives that deserve a great handmade card.
Thank you for this inspiration and your creativity,
Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, love your basket weave folder and what you have done with the guilding wax really sets it off, another winner especially for the males. Thanks Sue.
Hugs
Jean D

kimberley said...

Very different but very effective,take care,x.

kimberley said...

Very different but very effective,take care,x.

Anonymous said...

Just love it Sue, can't say any more only a fantastic card!
ValCxx

Diane Mortimer said...

The was really changes the feel of the card.
Diane from Glasgow

sue wilson said...

sorry I haven't been commenting for a while.been in hospital again.my daughter brought me some dies as a get well present. so I need to get going again. this card has given me some ideas. thanks Sue.