A Man’s Home Is His Castle

Hello Everyone
It appears I am masculine mode this week, firstly with the Lincoln cards and now this schedule post shares a birthday card I made to send to my cousin’s husband, a card with a celtic flavour to it.  Although made with him in mind it is also  monthly DT sample for Gecko Galz.
As this is a Gecko Galz post here is the supply list followed by the instructions.
Gecko Galz Digital Stamp – A Long Time Ago
Gecko Galz Digital Paper – Miss Muffet (Sixpence)
Oxford Impressions – Castle Keep (available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty)
Distress Inks – Crushed Olive, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Versafine Black
Paper Artsty Fresco Finish paint
Mica Tile (USArtQuest)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Extras:- 7”x5” cardbase, white cardstock, canvas printer paper, seam binding and lace (stained), scrap of tartan ribbon and Kraft style cardstock (re-cycled from old packaging)

Print Sixpence digital paper onto white cardstock and castle from A Long Time Ago digital stamp set onto canvas printer paper.
Apply paint to cardstock. Repeatedly stamp text (Castle Keep). Adhere to cardbase. Distress and ink edges.
Apply inks to digital stamp image. Onto the Kraft style cardstock stamp various images and text from Castle Keep. Ink edges. Gather the stamped images and digi stamp and stained lace and seam binding. Adhere all to cardbase.
Finish the card with mica tile adhered to part of the castle image and finally staple a fragment of tartan ribbon to the card.

acelticcastlelynnemoncrieffThis is the  digi stamp of the castle printed onto canvas printer paper onto which I randomly applied inks, smudging as I applied them and heavily distressing the edge.23 october 014
Beautiful digital paper but I wanted to tone down the colours which I did with paint and then you can see that I overstamped with the text stamp from Castle Keep.23 october 002To the top of the card where I repeatedly stamped this image onto cardstock to form a border, layering with stained crochet lace.23 october 003Ribbon and lace might seem an odd choice for a card being sent to a man but it is something I never hesitate to include especially if the lace is crochet style and everything has a grungy appearance to it.
With the stained seam binding I couldn’t resist this wee hint of tartan.23 october 012Thank You for visiting this post especially if you have taken the trouble to visit yesterday. I am trying to keep this Blog active this week as I have quite a bit of catching up to do, sharing samples made over the past few weeks.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rachel fisher
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 22:36:11

    wonderful piece Lynne – that lace is wonderful and I love the green – beautiful x


  2. Julie Lee
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:00:37

    Such beautiful colours and textures. I totally agree with you about the crochet lace details – fabulous, grunge look. A super card for anyone to receive – male of female, actually! Julie Ann xx


  3. Julie Lee
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:01:37

    Sorry, typo, meant ‘male or female, actually! Julie Ann xx


  4. may
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:04:30

    Gorgeous piece Lynne, Love the images & colours…Perfect for a male… Hugs May x x x


  5. Rita
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:15:01

    Beautiful card Lynne. I love that backing paper. Hugs Rita xxx


  6. Marilyn J. Rock
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 23:31:18

    This is truly beautiful Lynne! xo


  7. 2amscrapper
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 02:03:41

    Lynne, you can work magic!


  8. Dianne
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 03:08:42

    Oh boy Miss Lynne I;m thinking that this is my favorite piece you have made,I’l tell you why shall I :O).The Celtic theme, part of my past heritage:), looooove castles, loooove the Celtic knot stamp, the wee bit of tartan, brilliant, all that distressing, eekks loooove it, that green paint stamping , stunning, did I mention green is my favorite color, oh the border and the crocheted lace, FANTASTIC, yes my favorite piece, your cousin’s husband will love it and TOP NOTCH design work, I believe you can work magic too, thanks for sharing and so inspiring me< ((( BIG HUGS ))).


  9. astridchristine
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 08:02:10

    Super card Lynne, I bet it will be loved! It’s male, yes, but it still has that wonderful vintage softness!


  10. valerie-Jael
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 08:14:07

    Beautiful card, love the soft, vintage feel. Valerie


  11. Anne R
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:26:15

    I really like how you have ‘grunged up’ that brilliant castle digi and the touch of tartan is just perfect. A really wonderful make card. Hugs, Anne x


  12. Paper Profusion
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 12:12:44

    This would look right at home in the V&A Lynne! Stunning card with wonderfully unusual stamps and celtic influences. It should be treasured! Nicola x


  13. Deborah (rustycage11)
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 12:35:04

    Good to see a masculine card. I love how you have used the OI castle elements – I’m never quite sure what to do with accent stamps like these. And the digital stamp fits in beautifully.


  14. hettiecraft
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 13:17:46

    Gorgeous piece Lynne. Men are so difficult to make for – difficult in general in actual fact! But where would we be without them? Great inspiration piece.


  15. Terry
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 14:54:45

    Love your mix of stamps and digi images! This is a wonderful masculine project! Enjoy the day! Hugs!


  16. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:04:29

    This card is a delight Lynne and the touch of tartan plaid is wonderful along with all of your very layering and embellishments ♥
    Such a special card to give!!!


  17. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:04:57

    and to receive as well (hit the enter button too quickly) 😉


  18. Corrie
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:29:09

    Gorgeous card ! I think it would be equally suitable for a woman or a man but I can see why you called is masculine. Love it.
    Corrie x


  19. Kate
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 15:39:23

    This is absolutly stunning. Those stamps are so romantic. It looks like a fairy tale scene! I wish I could jump into the scene and take a walk. Lovely!!


  20. Marianne
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 16:36:10

    Very nice, Lynne…I like the ribbon and lace addition, and the fact that they don’t take away from the masculinity of the card, and the colors are superb..very well done!!

    Marianne xo


  21. Silvia
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 18:18:43

    A wonderful creation with fantastic elements. Love the romantic feeling.


  22. 1cardcreator
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 18:46:35

    Lovely card, I love the collage sheets from Gecko Galz too! ~Diane


  23. Dorthe
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 18:53:46

    Oh Lynne,
    such a beautiful green colour you have used with the nature, browns and black!
    A wonderful card for your cousin’s husband, the stamps are great all, and I don`t think the heawy lace should be un-masculin, it looks beautiful with the border below,- and the little ribbons and tartan !! So lovely work, my friend.
    Hugs from Dorthe,x


  24. Meggymay
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:05:46

    Wonderful card, love how you used lace as well.
    Yvonne x


  25. Shirley
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:08:07

    Another gorgeous design with so much detail, it’s a wonderful vintage collage. I also like the muted colours. Enjoy the rest of the week, Shirleyx


  26. Brenda Brown
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:24:50

    Fabulously put together Lynne and wonderfully masculine.
    hugs {brenda} x0x


  27. Sharon
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:36:49

    A perfect card Lynne – bet your cousin’s husband loves it! Great to get inspiration for male themed creations!!!


  28. Bettina breiding Hansen
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 09:19:13

    So very very beautiful – love the green colour!!!


  29. craftytrog
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 10:06:29

    A fabulous collaged card Lynne! xx


  30. Lucy Edmondson
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 13:11:06

    This is a stunner, Lynne. Love that Celtic look, and the soft shade of green you have used,

    Lucy x


  31. butterfly
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 21:35:37

    The digi looks so fantastic on canvas, and all your images work together to give a really powerful medieval look to the whole piece… really wonderful!
    Alison xx


  32. Martina
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 12:02:53

    Great stamps and colors! I love this creation. Quite delightful!


  33. Bärbel
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 16:35:49

    Ein wunderbares Werk, liebe Lynne. Die Farben, die Gestaltung und der Hauch Nostalgie sind ein Traum.
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel


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