9 April 2016

Don't Resist Dapper...

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

23 comments:

  1. fantastic! I only wish there was steps out to see exactly how you created that background! Can't wait to see what else you so with the Dapper paper stash.

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    1. Leave it with me Paula - off to do just that ;) So glad you like it!xx

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  2. Fabulous card - it is so easy to succumb to temptation isn't it but you've certainly done a wonderful job with your latest purchase and after all we NEED 'stuff' for men's cards don't we???

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  3. Oh wow, Jenny! This is amazing! The background with the tiles is amazing! So much details, love it! The tiles really pop out! And the cute bird on its branch is fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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    1. I overlooked that you've entered with our challenge the other day! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  4. OMG!!!! Must get the Dapper but more importantly, can't wait to try your technique!!

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  5. Such a gorgeous, grungy, beautiful piece of art!

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  6. Fabulous card ... really cool background ! I pinned it :)
    Yes... I battled buying that stash... I saw it in person and could not resist; just got the fasteners OMG ... I'm such an addict ... I'm waiting for the stamps; hope I have funds by time they come out ! I hear this little voice inside every time I go to the Tim Holtz section at my Michael's ... "STEP AWAY FROM THE TIM HOLTZ PRODICT ... "

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  7. Totally Fab! Jenny Love the dapper range and you have definitely offered inspiration . Such a clever use of the tile stencil with the translucent TP - terrific effect . Wonderful arrangement of your collage elements and embellishments .
    All ready to see the next one ......
    hugs x

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  8. Yes it's an intriguing background: fabulous tiles! Beautiful card!

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  9. Fabulous Jenny and what great use of that new paper stash! Wonderful male card!

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  10. Fabulous card Jenny!!! I love this technique and I love the result, it's wonderful! , absolutely stunning! Barbara

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  11. Love this Jenny, fabulous collaging and great design as always.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  12. Congratulations on your win of D'art products Jenny x look forward to viewing your creations x
    Today's male card is fabulous and those papers look fantastic. Love the stencilling and gorgeous layers of ephemera etc

    Tfs and hugs
    Annie x

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  13. Terrific card Jenny, love the solid masc. chunkiness and gorgeous papers. Nicola x

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  14. Fabulous card Jenny, I can't work out how quite you did it but that background looks amazing. Congratulations on your win look forward to seeing what you create with your new goodies. Mo x

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  15. Fabulous and great layout xx

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  16. Oh well done on your win Jenny, you will LOVE the DecoArt products I am sure! Love, love this beautiful card, the background you created is wonderful! Anne xx

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  17. Oh, I love this!! The tile background is amazing!! The details you added are perfect!! What a stunning card this is!! Congratulations on your win!! I can't wait to see what you create with your new goodies!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  18. This is gorgeous Jenny! That background is stunning, I LOVE the technique you've used. I'm definitely going to try this right away. Really really love love love this and thanks for the mention, you're such a lovely. :)

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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