Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Masculine Cards

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. This month it's all about masculine cards - my favorite! When I was thinking about what kind of card to make, Karen mentioned that my aviation accordion card was a very popular sample in her classes and it might be fun to do another card using the same techniques.

I decided to combine elements of that card with the feel of this Amelia Earhart travel journal I made a couple years ago. I love the look of the faux leather and thought a vintage journal theme would make a great looking manly card.

Here is the open view. I was so happy I had this map paper in my stash - just perfect! I first saw the leather technique in Julie Andrus' fantastic book, Paper Transformed. It's truly a must-have if you love techniques. There is also a similar technique using Perfect Pearls in Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities book - another great book packed with ideas!

Here's a quick tutorial if you'd like to make this yourself:

Begin by cutting a piece of kraft cardstock to 12" x 4 1/4". Score 5 1/2" from the top and 1" from the bottom.

Next, saturate with Ranger's Perfect Ink Refresher. Work the liquid into the paper, crumple and then smooth out. Sponge with Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone ink to highlight wrinkles. Let dry (you can use your heat gun to speed it up). I didn't use an iron, but you could also do that if you want a flatter look.

To create the closure, cut two circles from lightweight chipboard using the smallest circle die from Karen's Circle Accordion album. Paint the circles with Black Soot Distress paint and attach to the card using brads as shown. To give the brads the look of eyelets, punch a hole in the top using an awl (a great tip from Tim Holtz!). Tie with idea-ology Striped Paper String.

For the metal panel on the front of the card, cover a piece of lightweight chipboard with foil tape and cut using the label die from Karen's Lorna Label set. Next, cut small pieces of foil and cover the label in a patchwork style. Trim excess and add faux rivets with an awl. Cover the label with black paint and wipe off to give it a vintage look.

To finish the front, stamp an idea-ology Journaling Ticket with the text stamp from Artistic Outpost's Industrial stamp set and adhere to the card. Stamp the sentiment (from one of Tim's clear sets) on a scrap of manila cardstock, tear, and attach to the label with a Tiny Attacher. Stamp the compass image onto clear plastic/transparency film, trim, and adhere to card with a Long Fastener and a Spinner. Make sure you do all of this before you work on the inside of the card so the attachments are hidden.

To create the inside panel, cut a piece of map-themed cardstock (this is from Prima) to the same dimensions as the cover, slicing off just a bit off the edges to make it fit. Cut the pop-up on the center fold using Karen's Happy Birthday PopUp die. Cut the coordinating greeting from foil-covered cardstock. Since I wanted the greeting to really 'pop', I cut black cardstock using the pop-up die and adhered it to the card, slightly off-setting.

The little airplane was stamped on foil-covered chipboard with StazOn, cut out, and adhered to the card with pop dots.

I hope you enjoyed my masculine card this month! I am just thrilled with how it turned out! Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday to see more great inspiration from the team, plus a new tutorial from Karen.

All of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium and Elizabeth Craft designs (the birthday die isn't in stock at IE yet). I've also included a link to Amazon for the book - I can't recommend it enough! Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to save 10% on your order.

Did you know there is also a new challenge up on the Inspiration Journal blog? We want to see your "In Disguise" projects. Pop over to the blog to join in a possible win a $50 shopping spree!


  1. Simply fantastic, as is everything you do!! Great idea to have the card close with the string clasp.

  2. You should be thrilled with the way it turned out, it really is beautiful, I love the faux leather technique and the metal elements look amazing!

  3. Fabulous masculine card Shelly. Adore the worn leather look combined with the masculine imagery. Tracy x

  4. Love it! Super cool masculine card! Thanks for reminding me about faux leather technique. It looks terrific here!

  5. I'm with you! I love masculine cards. Great tutorial!!!!


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