Sunday, 23 March 2014

Geometric Birthday

Hi guys

I am still here!  Massive apologies for being missing in blogland this week, I just haven't found any crafty time at all.  Then when I sat down today, after making nothing for over a week my mojo decided to go on strike!  But after a good old shuffle through my stash I managed to create something, finally!

Most of the cards I've made recently have used very feminine and soft colours so I've gone for something completely different today - a clean and graphic design which will be great for a man's card, something I usually really struggle with.

I wanted to take part in the latest challenge at Less is More which is to use three of something.  I then tied this in with the colours from the current challenge at CAS - Colours and Sketches.  I only have one small pack of Stampin' Up cardstock and three of the colours in this pack are the ones chosen for this week's challenge so I had to go with it!

I started by die cutting a rectangle out of the three different colours of cardstock.  I then stamped each rectangle with a different pattern using VersaMark ink before embossing with clear embossing powder to add a gloss finish (and almost burnt my fingers in the process as the rectangles were so small!!).  I created a frame for my white cardstock panel by matting onto some matching Island Indigo cardstock and then, after taking ages to work out where to place everything I stamped the sentiment.

I really like how this turned out.  I was going to just use VersaMark to create the darker patterns but I think the glossiness of the embossing powder really lifts it.

Materials used:

  • Die: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Geometric Style
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Building Blocks and Geometric Style
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Rubber Stampede - Clear
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party; white linen cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Less is More - Week 164 - Three of something
CAS - Colours and Sketches - Challenge #66

Thanks as always for your visits, it really does make my day when I see people have visited and left such lovely comments.  I promise not to leave it so long before the next post!


  1. Yes of course I LOVE this !!! A fabulous graphic card in great colours!

  2. Great layout; love the embossed rectangles. Have been dithering over 'Building Blocks' - you may well have pushed me over the edge! Jenny

  3. Great card, I love the graphic feel to it.

  4. Your card looks amazing Anita and the glossy look is superb. Great idea. x

  5. This is really cool - I love the subtle patterns on the blocks of colour!

  6. Wow. I love how incredibly simple, but truly striking your design is. The definition of elegant simplicity. And I think you were right about the glossy quality. Even in a photo it really helps to pick up the light. Thank you for sharing your design.

  7. Great CAS masculine card. I love the graphic feel to it!

  8. What a great card! As soon as I saw it , I started thinking what stamps I could use to CASE it. Not sure I've commented before, but I follow your blog & love what I see- I like your style.

  9. Neet what a fab take on the challenge, brilliant card for a man too
    Thanks so much for joining us at LIM
    LIM Guest commenter

  10. Love your graphic design - the embossing on the rectangles provides great texture!

  11. Amazing card and well worth the wait! I love it.

  12. It's a very good card. I love it. So CAS.

  13. WOW Anita what a super original idea for the 'three' challenge at LIM. I will have to CASE this FAB card. TFS

  14. I love the geometrical design of your card!! The embossing gives it great texture too! :)

  15. I must apologise for my lack of comments over the past few weeks whilst I was on holiday in Australia, but hopefully things should be back to normal now!
    This is brilliant Neet!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  16. Love it! I think the embossed patterns are just super on your clean, graphic card.

  17. Great CAS design Anita,love the colours and embossing too :) Viv xx

  18. Awesome card - love how you worked with the colors! The added shine/texture from the embossing is perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

  19. I love it! Brilliant man card, great use of the colours. Thanks for playing along at CC&S

    Louise xx


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