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Sep 28, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 538: From Boys to Men

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Hello and welcome! I have a card to share today. A new theme started at Allsorts challenge. Tracy's turn this week and she picked the the theme of "From Boys to Men". Hope you can join us for your chance to win a great prize by by Craft Stash.

I took my inspiration from the tag featured on the backside of the Penny Black Tall Tree die package. I'm not sure if the artist creating that sample used the same inks as I did, but I used DistressOxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough and Blueprint Sketch applied with a mini ink blending tool. I spritzt some water onto the background with a paint brush for a fun reaction with the ink. I forgot to add a mask for the moon, so instead I added a die cut circle and then stamped the birds from the Hero Arts set Layering Sky and Sea in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. By the way, this stamp set is also available in a combination with dies, if you like matching dies with your stamps.

The trees from this beautiful die set were die cut using black card stock and my manual die cutting machine, then adhered to the card with scortape. I use black card stock for layering only, and the package I picked up from Joann's Craft Store works perfectly for this. I think it's a 80# layering weight. The white part was die cut with a die from Whimsy Stamps. I've had this die set for many years and it may be retired now, but there are plenty of Similar Options available. 

Tip: If you don't have a die cutting machine, you can also simply cut this shape out by hand. You just won't have the faux stitching but it's not needed. Plus you could always add some doodling around the edge for a fun effect in place of the faux stitching. 

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The Happy Birthday sentiment is part of the Penny Black Set Happy Critters. I thought the font worked well for a masculine card. It's been stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. The card base is a heavy weight white card stock.  

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I'm sharing my card with these challenges:
Cut It Up - Into the Woods // Pattie's Creations - Things that Fly (the birds are stamped) // As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Style (I like CAS style because I like to keep the focus on one area of the card for an uncluttered look, plus CAS cards are always easier to mail) // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Use a Sentiment // Creative Moments - Masculine // Cardz 4 Guyz - Trees and/or Leaves // Everybody-Art-Challenge - Dies 
Anything Goes:

Thank you so much for stopping  by! Be sure to visit the Allsorts challenge team for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

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  1. A beautifully blended background Ellie and with the trees in black it created a really tranquil feel to your card, nice design as well with the curved bottom panel.

    B x

  2. Fabulous background, lovely scene, the card is gorgeous.
    Wishing a happy weekend too;-))m

  3. Hi this is a stunning card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Beautiful card! Love the background!
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Marilyn. Same to you, too!

  5. Very beautiful masculine card, love the colours, the trees and the diecut moon looks great! :)

  6. A beautiful scenic card Ellie, xxx

  7. What a great scene you've created!
    Thanks for joining the fun at QKR Stampede this week!
    Good Luck
    Crafty Hugs
    Dawn xx

  8. A really lovely scene and a touch of Halloween with it too with the bats, super design and colours.

    Kath x

    1. Thanks Kath. They are birds but I guess they could be mistaken as bats :-)

  9. Wonderful ink blending in your beautiful background Ellie - a stunning card with the silhouette tress to

  10. A beautiful card. I love that background. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Sian (DT).

    1. Thanks for visiting, Sian! Happy I was able to join in!

  11. A lovely blended background for your tree silhouettes.
    Thanks for joining us at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  12. Stunningly simple design that is just perfect for those males,

    Thanks for playing along at both Creative Moments, and Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  13. Those die cut trees against that great colored background is amazing!! Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  14. What a gorgeous card!! Love the pretty background!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.

  15. Great inky background and the die cuts provide a great CAS focal point.

  16. This is gorgeous! LOVING those trees!!!

  17. Such a fabulous masculine card.

  18. This is just beautiful! I was drawn to this while checking out cards.

  19. You've made brilliant creation for my theme, the inky background is fab.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  20. The background is just stunning. It looks like dawn is about to break. I love the dark black silhouettes, especially the flock of birds. This is gorgeous!

    Thanks for playing with us at Cut it Up for our Into the Woods challenge!


  21. Such a lovely simple but elegant card. Love the background you have created. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT


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