Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Papertrey Ink male birthday card

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Kathleen who is a new follower this week. I've been trying to catch up with the homework for the Stretch your stamps class but I played hooky yesterday and we went over to the Wirral to visit the Lady Lever art gallery at Port Sunlight. It was my first visit to the gallery but it won't be my last. We went on a gallery highlights tour with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide and I then spent a long time in their touring exhibition room which was displaying works by Eleanor Fortescue- Brickdale, an artist  I had never heard of before. She was one of the last Pre Raphaelite painters and it was so good to see a whole exhibition dedicated a a woman artist for a change. Eleanor also illustrated books and had plates in  Palgrave's Golden Treasury which I remember looking a as a child, and I came over all nostalgic about the beautiful illustrations we used to get in books but are so rare now.

We had a bonus extra day on the class on Saturday, teaching about using dies with stamps on our cards. I came up with this card

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The star was cut out of the front of the card, over the fold, and then another one was cut and stamped to pop through the aperture. I really struggle with cards for men but I decided to go for more masculine colours on this one in the hope it would do for a man, but then I couldn't resist adding a little glitter to the star and the purple strip of paper!

Thanks for looking.

Carol x


  1. That star is such a fun focal point! Great colors and embossing too. So glad to hear you had fun at the art gallery!

  2. Just wonderful. I love how you had that star cut out and then popped up again. I really should have taken this class....

  3. Lovely card. I really like he star pop out.

  4. Hi, I'm new here and anew follower. I just love the way your card came out. The star cutout is so beautiful and i like the colors. Hugs

  5. What a great design idea, Carol! I'm not thinking man card so much with the purple, but that's an easy change, so the design could work either way. Who doesn't like getting a "Star!" card?!

  6. How I love the idea with the cut out star and love the color combination! Such a fun card!


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Carol x


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