Tuesday, April 13, 2021


 I saw this great colour challenge at The Paper Players, and decided to get in my craft room and make a masculine card.

I have barely used Merry Merlot in my crafting, but I have to say I LOVE how it looks with Misty Moonlight.  Here's how I used these colours together:

The plaid background (which reminds me of a flannel shirt) was created by stamping the Buffalo Check background stamp onto Basic White card.  I inked up part of the stamp with my Merry Merlot inkpad, and stamped it onto the white card, using my Stamparatus.  I reinked it a couple of times to get a good, dark, impression.  After cleaning the ink off the stamp, I inked the remaining part of the stamp with my Misty Moonlight inkpad, and stamped it onto the Basic White card, above the Merry Merlot stamped image.  I then used Blending Brushes, and Merry Merlot and Misty Moonlight inkpads, to blend colour over the stamped Buffalo Check piece.  This checked panel was trimmed down, so I could mount it on a Misty Moonlight piece of card (that I'd embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder), and a thin mat of Merry Merlot card.

Here's a closer look at the sentiment on the card.  The "happy" was cut from Merry Merlot card, using the soon-to be retired Happy Dies (I will miss them!!).  The word "birthday", from the Well Said stamp set, was stamped in Merry Merlot ink on a scrap of Crumb Cake card, that I then cropped with a Tasteful Labels Die.

I wrapped some Misty Moonlight ribbon around the front of the card, and added a second knotted piece of ribbon on top, using Glue Dots.

The top half of the card features the Geared Up Garage bundle.  I stamped the car in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, on Basic White card, and coloured it using Misty Moonlight Stampin' Blends markers.  My Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends marker was used on the glass and metal parts of the car.  On a Crumb Cake Stitched Rectangle die cut, I stamped (in Crumb Cake ink) some splotches, to ground the car, that I adhered after die-cutting.

Some Misty Moonlight die-cut gears, and enamel dots, finish off my card.

Thanks to LeAnne, at The Paper Players, for this fun challenge.  I really enjoyed it.

Listed below are all the products I used to make my card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

Product List


  1. Love this! What a great masculine card! I love all the elements you used for this great card! Thanks for playing with my colors at the Paper Players this week!

  2. Every aspect of this card works so well together Christine. I love the gingham background and the gear and the knotted ribbon too! All in all a terrific masculine card. You really made the colors look great at The Paper Players this week, thanks for joining us.

  3. So fun Christine! I love all of the fabulous detail you added to the background. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!