front of card
close-up showing dark green tone on tone
stamped & embossed grid pattern
close-up of image showing paper pierced
an angled close-up to show texture of green
& pearlescence ofwhite papers plus the
sparkle of hat fur trim & ribbon
(click on images to enlarge)
Normally I would add my photos of the inside here - but at present I am unable to access any of my photos. I've just installed an updated version of the photographic programme, so it seems something has gone amiss - I shall be back with those photos when I've consulted Apple Technical Support; I just don't know enough & I don't want to lose what I've already typed into Blogger.
EDITED 26th Feb
It seems that Blogger & my photo software had a mismatch of what they could handle & some kind of bug in Blogger knocked out some of my Mac settings; the fail safe is to move my blog to MobileMe which has a tested seamless operation with my operating system so that is what I am aiming to do - however there are a few preliminary matters for me to get my head round so I'm back functioning with Blogger & the missing photos follow. I have to say that Apple Technical Support were extremely efficient & talked me through a very complicated procedure with the utmost patience to get me straight & functional, plus they answered all my questions as to what had caused the glitch to happen.
inside of card
close-up showing textured green paper
& sparkle of gold cardstock
My own interpretations of what constitutes a "man's card" have been seriously challenged since I married & I now know that the only safe answer is to ask my husband. That was what I did with this challenge. I gave him my box of Penny Black stamps & asked him to pick something masculine - this is the image he chose for me. So, I have made a man's Christmas card using a mirror image of Bev's Wild Orchid Challenge sketch as the basis for my layout.
For the base layer of a dark green tone on tone stamped & embossed pattern I used a variation of this Scor-Pal technique; using the embossed grid as a guide to stamp the small holly motif (from the same Penny Black transparent stamp set) in certain squares.
For the fur trim of the bear's hat I applied a layer of the chunkier Ice Stickles followed by the finer Black Diamond Stickles, allowed this to set, coloured it with the Black Sakura Stardust Pen & applied a final layer of Black Diamond Stickles.
Stamps Penny Black 30-055 Xmas Snapshots (image & background holly motif).
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black (image), Pine Needles Distress Ink (for stamping holly background motif & inking some cardstock edges).
Colouring Derwent Artists Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor, Inkssentials White Opaque Pen, Stickles glitter Glue (Ice Stickles Crystal Ice, Black Diamond), Sakura Stardust Pen.
Cardstock An assortment of greens, golds & cream in various finishes from stash.
Papers Pearlescent white & textured green from stash.
Punches Woodware (circle & scalloped circles), Martha Stewart (border).
The ribbon is from stash.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 139 - Men's cards (see above)
Wild Orchid Challenge 17 - Bev's sketch (see above)