Monthly Archives: February 2018


Walking the Tightrope – A Masculine Card

Making greeting cards for men has always been a challenge. In the past, I’ve always fallen back on using camouflage colors and dogs. Not very creative.

Personally, I’m drawn to vintage images of gentlemen with mustaches and wire rim glasses wearing top hats and tails. Men with tweed jackets and bowlers. Vintage browns and sepia colors. Portraits, old magazines, newspapers, and vintage men’s products supply endless inspiration.

Finding a man on a tightrope image in Tim Holtz’ Theories rubber stamp set inspired me to create this masculine themed card.

Leap and Believe

Here’s a brief overview of my technique: I spritzed Tim’s Resist Spray through a stencil and let the spray dry. I applied the oxide inks and let the Resist Spray do its job of resisting the color, leaving the stenciled images to show through. The unexpected bonus of the Resist Spray is a slightly raised, shiny effect that mimics an embossed feel without embossing powder or a heat gun. (You can use embossing powder with the resist spray, but I’ll leave that for another day.)

I’m entering this card in the Frilly and Funkie “Dare to Resist” challenge. Wish me luck.