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Sep 16, 2023

The Journey is the Destination

Hello and welcome! I have a new post to share today as it's time for a new optional theme at Allsorts challenge. This week we'd love to see "Masculine" creations but of course the Anything Goes option is there for those who just want to share their new creations with us so come join us for your chance to win one of our prizes. This month we have prizes from Craft Stash, Anna Marie Designs, AALL and Create, Oakwood and Wowvow which will be for the weekly challenges ending in September and then announced in our winners post the last Friday of the month.

The starting point for my card was a narrow-ish piece of previously inked cardstock where I had used green and blue inks, perfect for a masculine card. So this card came together quite quickly.

The harlequin stencil was right at the top of my stencil stash and I thought it would be a perfect choice on a masculine card. To decide on a focal image I looked through my box of mixed brand of masculine stamps, these are mostly old wood mounted single stamps I found at thrift stores over the years and and that's how I decided on the cowboy stamp by Magenta. It's actually just one stamp with the images horizontal on a wooden block but I cut them apart after stamping and assembled them in a vertical way. Before I did that I thought the background needed something more and once again I reached for my new Friendship Flowers stamp set by Aall and Create and used a stamp from that set. I then also used an old script stamp from Just for Fun Rubberstamps (company is no longer in business.) Mounted the image panel on navy card stock and then a white card base. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text.

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The card measures approximatley 4x8 inches and fits well into a legal envelope with a bit extra room lengthwise in the envelope. I'm not usually a fan of tall cards but somehow I really like how this one turned out :)

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  1. Wonderful images and terrific layout too!

  2. Brilliant masculine card. Love those silhouettes xx

  3. What a great western card!

  4. This stunning inky background is the perfect foil for your silhouette images Ellie, a fab card!

  5. Gorgeous card for western male;-))m

  6. I think that this card is so beautiful. A very nice creation inspírated on the far west. A nice work.

  7. What a marvelous background! And a fun western theme. Great card Ellie.

  8. Wonderful card and such a perfect sentiment with this theme and images! Wonderful card full of western adventure! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  9. Beautiful card, congrats 😊💐
    Happy weekend

  10. Wow, fabulous masculine card, love so much your inked background and the western theme with that comics style!! Really cool!

  11. Fantastic male style card Ellie, love it..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. Super masculine card Ellie, great design and I love the silhouette images. xx

  13. The blues and greens certainly are perfect for a masculine card Ellie and the theme of the stamped panels very much appeal to me.

    B x

  14. This is stunning Ellie - love your grungy background and the silhouette staps are perfect against it

  15. The black and white images look great against your colourful background, what a great design idea.

  16. Anonymous14:52

    Love the graphic look of your trio of silhouette stamps Ellie and the background is a wonderful combo of inkiness and A&C stamping!
    Pauline xx

  17. I've always loved the cowboy/western themed cards, and this is a great one! I like the slimline design with 3 images and that great background too. Great masculine make!

  18. Hi Ellie this is FANtastic a brilliant male themed card I have loved Westerns since I was a little girl I still love them now so this was a pleasure to see
    lolo x

  19. Wonderful images and such a great layout. I love cowboy scenes and I love the background paper. It's a really masculine work and perfect for these great images. The sentiment is also so breathtaking.
    Thank you for sharing this exceptional card with the Everybody-Art Challenge.
    Hugs Uschi

  20. Wow, what a fantastic masculine card x


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