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30 Cards in 30 Days Challenge – Day 8

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30 Cards in 30 Days Day 8 Masculine Cards My Inkie Fingers

Back on track and picking up where I left off. Where did last week go? It’s amazing what can happen in such a short time. Feels like yesterday I was here posting Day 6 & 7. Anyhow, onward to 30 Cards in 30 Days Day 8 – Masculine Cards.

30 Cards in 30 Days Challenge Day 8
Masuline Cards

If you’re like me, there is never enough masculine cards in our cards stash. Not only do I struggle to stock up on them, but I struggle to actually make them. I find myself just making them as needed for a specific person. I’ve also noticed that you, my readers, and followers are less likely to read a masculine card blog post or watch a masculine card video. I wonder why that is? Perhaps masculine cards just don’t grab us the same way other cards do. Either way, today we are showing the guys in our life a little love with what I think is an especially nice card. It’s classy with the perfect amount of masculinity. Cheers to a great card! (pun intended lol)

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Cheers To You Card Instructions
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30 Cards in 30 Days Day 8 Masculine Cards My Inkie Fingers Cheers to you Stamps

Cutting your cardstock:

  • Cut a side folding A2 (5-1/2 X 4 – 1/4) size card from any white cardstock.
  • You will need 1 piece of White Cardstock (5-3/8 X 4-1/8)for your card front and another piece large enough to stamp the whiskey decanter and 1 glass.
  • Gold Foil Cardstock
30 Cards in 30 Days Day 8 Masculine Cards My Inkie Fingers

Stamping, & Coloring:

  • Stamp the decanter and the glass with memento ink. Or any other ink that will not bleed when colored with Alcohol Ink Markers. You can see some paper/ink combos for coloring with Stampin’ Blends or Copic Markers here: Which Paper & Ink for Alcohol Ink Markers.
  • I googled an image in order to get inspiration for the coloring. Coloring takes time and practice. Be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get it right away. I have been coloring for many many years and was not good at it when I started. I practiced a lot. The markers colors I used are listed below.
  • Set your images aside to dry completely.
  • Stamp the sentiment on Basic Black with Gold Ink. I used Encore Metallic Ink, but it is no longer available and I don’t feel comfortable linking you to a brand I have not used. If you do not have gold ink that shows up really well on black cardstock try heat embossing the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I will link the powder for you below.

Die Cutting & Embossing:

  • Decide where you want your decanter to show through on the card front. Then die cut an oval out of the card front and the card base in the exact same position. Use the 3rd largest die from the Layering Ovals Dies for this step.
  • Now emboss your card front with the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder
  • Create a gold frame from any gold foil cardstock like in the photo below. I used the 2nd & 3rd Largest dies from the Layering Ovals Dies. Tape the 2 dies together and die-cut them at the same time. This will create a frame.
How to die cut an oval frame My Inkie Fingers

Creating a “Glass Like Effect”

  • Use Crystal Effects or Glossy Accents for this step. Apply the liquid glue slowly with a steady hand all over the colored image. Be sure to apply the liquid glue everywhere inside the lines. If you are careful the liquid will stay in place and not run out of the lines as it’s thick enough to control. If you go out of the lines use a small pin to push the glue back into place. It’s actually really easy. Practice on a plain image stamped on scratch paper to get a feel for it.
  • Set this aside to dry for at least a day. Then be sure not to bend the images or the hardened glue will crack. Now, on certain projects, the ‘cracked glass effect’ looks really neat, but not for this project 😊
  • Once the images are completely dry fussy cut the glass leaving minimal white space around the image.
  • Use the 2nd largest die to die-cut out the decanter.
30 Cards in 30 Days Day 8 Masculine Cards My Inkie Fingers

Assembly & Final Touches:

  • Place the decanter inside the card with the gold frame around it so it is lined up perfectly with the oval hole in the front of the card and card front. Once you have everything in place, glue them all down.
  • Use a dimensional to adhere the glass to the card front.
  • I should mention, I splattered my card front after I embossed it with Gold Splatter. You can find the splatter recipe & video here: New Splatter Recipes for Cards
  • Trim the sentiment so it’s a thin strip then apply it to the card front with liquid glue. Add a few Matte Black Dots for a nice touch too.
  • On the inside of the card, stamp your sentiment.
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