Tuesday, June 6, 2017

man, oh man!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "DUDE!" and we want to see... (you've guessed already, haven't you?) ...that's right, we want to see masculine cards. you don't need to make a father's day, card (though you can, and i did!); because of course any masculine design for any occasion will do! 

loads of vintage book paper from several sources, also a map that I SWEAR was torn like this when i found it, though of course i had to trim up the other edges to make it fit, lol. stash-wise, the fussy-cut car and the tiny heart were discards from a different project and had been put into one of my many little zippy bags with "parts for future" use... they're always my first port of call when making a collage or collage card!; tapes: heidi swapp, eyelet outlet, 7gypsies, little b, recollections; compass brad: eyelet outlet; glossy black cardstock: ranger; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m/scotch foam tape and gluestick (for the record, the latter is now the ONLY mass-market, inexpensive gluestick i will use for collage!)

this might be a record-settingly layery card even for me, lol! i actually had the layers of text, map, and illustration all ready to glue up before i realized that even with inked edges they were just not standing out very distinctly. so i added a super-skinny black glossy cardstock mat to EVERY. SINGLE. LAYER, and suddenly the whole thing looked soooooo much better. speaking of mats, having used a torn bit of map, i hesitated over what to do: leave it un-matted? trim off the torn and slanty edge, then mat? mat and cut neatly around the shape of the torn edge?? finally, it occurred to me to mat it on an oversized piece of black and see if i could TEAR along the same outline. i frankly wasn't sure i'd be able to do it, and even if i could, that it would look nice... but it worked and is now my favorite part of the card! 

well, that and the eyelet outlet compass brad, set into a tiny music paper heart! ♥

something else i really love is this week's sketch saturday sketch. as always, i've added my own little twists, but "the bones" of it are all sketch saturday! btw, i thank those ladies and also ABM illustrations for the very cool prize from being last week's random winner!

everyone who checks out my DT darlings' work at shopping our stash is always a winner, and today will not be the exception to that, so off you go to get your allotment of eye candy!


  1. Oh, Lauren! This is awesome! I bet it would have looked just rad without the black matting, but I must say, you really did increase the magnificence of this with it! 🖤🖤🖤

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!! and now I know what to do to make images POP. great take on the sketch.

  3. This truly is a wonderful card. I know I say it often when looking at your cards but this one is exceptional. It's the layers and that skinny mat you've used. Going to say it again "wonderful ".

  4. Well fancy that!! Lauren you are on my comment rotation and how happy am I! This is beautiful, the layers are stunning and I love the monochrome feel with just a few flashes of colour - love love love. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday. Cx

  5. Lauren, I think the black matting is perfect, it isolates this images beautifully so we can admire them one by one.
    What an amazing and elegant masculine card, I love the way you do your collage cards, you always seem to have just the perfect items to add.
    Love it, love it!!!

  6. Fab take on the sketch and just LOOK at all that layer-y goodness!!


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