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Jan 1, 2022

A Masculine Card with Valko, the Howling Wolf

Hello and welcome! 

I would like to start off by wishing all my blog followers and visitors a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Since today is a Saturday, it's time for my weekly Allsorts challenge post. This week  Brenda is hosting and she picked the theme of "Black and White plus One Other Color". I hope you will join us!! What other color will you choose?? We do have a fabulous prize too, A4 Rare Earth stamp set that will go to one lucky winner!

And here is my card:

I had mentioned in a recent post that I ordered some Lavinia animal stamps (and a few other Lavinia stamps), this wolf was one that made it into my shopping cart along with the other wolf stamp. Not that I am a huge wolf fan, but they work so well for fantastic masculine cards and I think they were a much needed addition to my stamp collection! So here I made a masculine card using Lavinia Stamps with an old Whimsy Stamp birthday sentiment. 

The Lavinia stamps used are: Valko, Seasonal Tree, Lunar Buds and Stone Texture (this must have been retired as I can't find it for purchase any longer and it was part of my very first Lavinia order a few years ago).

I used a copy paper mask and two green shades of Distress Oxide inks - Twisted Citron and Shabby Shutters to ink up the card. A circle mask was in place for a moon. After inking, I removed the mask, stamped the wolf, stone texture and tree branches using Versafine Onyx ink. I turned the tree stamp around to stamp some branches on the opposite side of the card. The lunar buds were stamped using Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide ink. And finally the sentiment was stamped using Versafine Onyx ink. 

I used some green Stampin Up card stock for matting, and then a white card base to complete. 

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A closeup below:

By the way, did you get a chance yet to visit the "Year in Review" mini hop where a group of 6 paper crafters are sharing some of our favorite creations of 2021?  Some of the co-hosts are also giving away "blog candy" to lucky commenter on the hop. Oh, and anyone is welcome to create their own "year in review" post and then link up with us too. You can find the hop linky tool HERE or simply click the image panel below. Would love for you to join in!

Thanks so much for visiting!

I'm sharing my card with these challenges:

Creative Moment - AG // Mod Squad - Include Something New (New Stamps - wolf and tree), Paper Shelter - AG // Simon Says Stamp - Time to Party // Crafty Sentiment Designs - AG // Ike's World - Fur/Feathers // Double Trouble Challenges - Up to You (I chose Masculine Birthday) // We Love 2 Create - AG // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG // Crafty Animals - Animals // 

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  1. Pleased to read your are building your stash of Lavinia animals and a super masculine card using the Wolf.

    B x

  2. Happy New Year Ellie. Fabulous masculine Lavinia card … great choice of stamps and colours. It’s exciting starting to build up Lavinia stamps isn’t it?? I too found Santa was kind at Christmas and I can’t wait to start playing in 2022!, By the way did you see I sent you a DM on FB Messenger .. you had mentioned thinking about Lavinia acetate masks and I sent you my thoughts about the pros and cons of them based on very recent experience .. hope it is helpful xxđź’•

    1. Thanks so much, Pauline, I've had some Lavinia fairies and "worker" stamps for some time, but never had gotten animals besides one cat. Really enjoying the silhouette animals stamps from the company now that I finally added some!

      Sorry, I haven't read your FB message. I've sort of quit using FB for my hobby and mainly use the blog now, but will go check out message now. Thanks for letting me know here.

  3. How lovely! Wishing you all the very best for 2022! Jo x

  4. Fantastic masculine card - great stamping and inking and colour choice.

    Happy New Year to you.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. This is fabulous I love the use of animals on male cards.

    Thanks for joining us at Ikes World Challenges.

  6. Happy New Year!
    Such gorgeous stamping on this wonderful masculine card.

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, same to you as well!!

  8. WOW what a cool card. Love the design you came up with. Will be a great masculine card, for sure. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  9. Gorgeous and stunning card, this is a perfect for a male.
    Happy New Year;-))m

  10. A fabulous card Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges. Good luck Ginny DT for
    Ike'sWorld challenge
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  11. I think Lavinia stamps are so addictive, I haven't got their wolf yet as I have some from inkylicious, but they are on my list.
    I love your creation, the design is fabulous.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  12. Fabulous masculine card love the silhouette wolf stamp and great background
    Carol x

  13. This looks wonderful Ellie, xxx

  14. Wonderful masculine card, Ellie! You have used the Lavinia stamps beautifully and I love the way you included the soft colors. Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble #99.

  15. What a fabulous masculine card, I love all your elements here. They all work perfectly together!! Lots of wonderful work here, and great take on the challenge! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at The Mod Squad, hope we see you back soon.
    Judy~ MSC Designer

  16. Such a great masculine card, love the way you used just the one color and black, with the perfect shading and look of dimension. Thanks for joining us at Double Trouble!

  17. Love the colour scheme and the masculine approach to your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  18. So beautifully done. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  19. Your card is also awesome! great use of stamps to build the scene and a fantastic colour too.

  20. Great masculine card and layout, the soft colored background is cool with the wolf and embellishment silhouettes. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

  21. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  22. I love your card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Creative Crafters Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  23. Great card, love the colours! Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create challenge! x

  24. This is a great manly card and design. Fantastic job. Thanks for joining us at LTSCB
    Tina DT

  25. Wonderful creation! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge January "ATG".


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