Hi everyone and welcome! Well, what a start to the weekend. I discovered I've won a prize of Decoart goodies from SanDee and de amilie's Steampunk Challenge! Thank you so much to Claudia and Sandra for such a wonderful surprise. So I guess that means that you will finally be seeing some Decoart inspired projects from me coming up in the future...
On to today's offering; after much deliberation I ordered the Tim Holtz Dapper papers - deliberation because I have lots of paper stacks already so did I really need any more? Well no, but the designs are just too awesome and those new Dapper stamps are hitting the stores soon, so...
I've had massive fun
playing creating cards, all of which have been designed with men in mind. The personal card stash is seriously depleted and male themed cards are always sadly lacking so these papers are absolutely ideal. They provide a starting point, coordinating with lots of the Tim Holtz Ephemera packs, and you can still get a fabulous look by layering them up with no other media involved. For me to be happy I need to create the backgrounds, to use some of the techniques that have been collected from so many designers over the years, and these papers allow for that too.
Taking inspiration from Zoe Hillman's last card and the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Try To Resist I used the Tiles Layering Stencil and some translucent embossing paste over one of the papers before blending Ground Espresso Distress Ink over to make the squares pop. Again, the fun for me is in working out what looks right when layered over these backgrounds, raiding my Idea-Ology stash and altering it where necessary to make the colours work together. I would recommend if you go for the Dapper papers that you invest in the matching fasteners as they can add a beautiful coordinating accent - you'll spot one in the centre of the flower to jazz it up.
As you might have guessed, once the ball started rolling with these papers I was hooked, and to date there are another three male themed cards to share with you. Just as well I'm hosting the male themed challenge 'Boy oh Boy' over at Frilly and Funkie right now!
OK, off to write more posts and play more. Thanks for stopping by and take care of yourselves, whatever you're up to this weekend. Jenny xxx