WWC158 – Helen’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

We’re making masculine cards this week over at Watercooler Wednesdays. I went back to a card kit from the summer for the elements for my card. I figured that nautical is a good theme for a masculine card, and honestly I’ve not got very much use out of the dies from the kit which is a shame because they are great dies. I’m going to try to use them more!

I started by die cutting the boat, from First Edition’s Nautical dies, from some white card, then carefully poked out all the areas that I didn’t want.  I could have poked out more, for example the slats of the hull, or the strips in the sails, as they were cut too, but I wanted to keep those in. I put tape on the back of the die cut to keep the pieces in place that I didn’t want to lose.

Once I had the parts of the die that I wanted, I started on colouring it in. I used alcohol markers – both Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and Yosoo alcohol markers. I used some light blues for the sails to match the coloured card base that I had already picked out. For the hull of the boat I went with browns. I then used cool greys for the sail and other areas that I wanted to look like metal. Finally I used some yellow for the little portholes (or I presume that’s what they are…)

Having completed my colouring I moved on to the rest of the card. I picked a pattern paper with a wave design that I felt fitted the boat well. I adhered a large panel of the patterned paper to my card base, then added the boat on top off to one side. As a final touch I added a sentiment from Crafty Ola’s Sail With Me stamp set.

I’m very happy with this card. I really like how the die cut looks and am pleased with the colouring on it. I think the graphic wave design was a good choice to accompany it. This card does work very nicely as a masculine card, particularly for someone who likes to sail!


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper

HLS Anything Goes With Dies – Use Dies

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Masculine Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)








14 thoughts on “WWC158 – Helen’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

  1. What a terrific nautical die Charlotte. I love that you didn’t poke out all the slats in the hull and sails. I think it brings a strong masculine image to the card. Love the wavy pattern in the background paper, it adds a whimsical touch to the card. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Wonderful card with perfect patterned paper. That little yacht is definitely out their sailing the open seas. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

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  3. A great masculine care, Charlotte! I agree about leaving some of those negative bits in the die-cut. Without them the image wouldn’t seem so full and real. Your background paper certainly has the look of waves on the ocean. Nicely done.

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