20 January 2013

Having difficulty with men?

I don't mean in general! but how many times have you heard someone say that cards/projects for men are difficult? Well Nicecrane Designs has something to help you - just released are three sets of digital images depicting early posters from London Underground. You can find them HERE and HERE and HERE.

Some of you may have seen that London Underground is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year (they recently had a steam locomotive travelling to Paddington Station to mark the opening of the very first line, the Metropolitan Line). From the 1920's they employed many well known artists to create advertising posters encouraging people to use the service so the designs are first class and very varied. I used  one of these images to create the focal point on this card.

I love the fact that these images are not (now, how did Son No. 1 put it?) 'gender-specific'!

This image is clean when you print it but I aged it a little by blotting DS Brushed Cordrouy and DI Antique Linen on top. There are so many characters to look at and identify on this poster.

I know Alison, amongst others, was keen to see what I would do with the results of my Ferro embossing, so here's the Gold one which had DI Rusty Hinge applied to the raised areas. The 'pipework' is from Crafty-Emblies and has been inked up with DS Antiqued Bronze/Tarnished Brass.

I thought it would be fun to use a small portion of the same poster to add the sentiment to, and having embossed it in black I added a layer of clear embossing powder too. This makes the colours much deeper. the circles panel is some 'caught in crystal' embossed acrylic.
Hope this gives you some ideas for your difficult men! Thanks for dropping by, hugs Jenny x


  1. Fabulous card! Love the embossed Ferro as an art-deco industrial backdrop to this brilliant poster - could it be more perfect? And the piping is a fantastic touch! Love the extra little greeting poster too. But I'm afraid I have no idea what "caught in crystal" embossed acrylic is all about... product? technique? another step-by-step in the offing?!
    Alison xx

  2. I saw your title and wickedly thought HELLOOO... Jenny's got yet another area of expertise up her very talented sleeves!
    I am so glad I read on. Totally love the crusty rusty effects you have achieved on this fantastic piece. I keep thinking about rust too at the moment after seeing some of the beautiful Julia's work.
    Now about those difficult men. There are two in my life but you know they probably would tell you that they put up with an impossible woman so we might just leave well enough alone. Hugs to you. Julie

  3. Fabulous male card.... love the underground scene image! thank you for the link.
    Suzi B x

  4. Beautiful colours Jenny and a wonderful card using the posters. The richness of the texture with the ferro embossing adds so much to the overall effects. Love it.

  5. Another great piece and your ferro work looks fab too! Great design Trace x

  6. oooh its nice - I may have to invest in these if I am going to carry on with British themes for my projects this year - also I still have a pile of model paste pieces lying around that really must be finished off - come back mojo all is forgiven......

  7. The post header was a 'must look' one.

    The card is amazing with some very masculine colours and images.

    What a fantastic idea to use part of the poster to add the sentiment--a real inspiration.

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. WOW That background is stunning, such a pity you had to cover so much of it up with the nevertheless fantastic images!!

    Sam xxx

  9. Stunning make Jenny and I so love the background.it really pops. 'Gender Spcific' !! Love that.....will try to use it in a sentence this week at work......!!

    I didn't realise that the underground were celebrating 150 years......quite astonishing !!

    Take care, enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for sharing

    Annie x

  10. Hi Jenny, the work you have done with the Ferro is fabulous and I love the way you incorporated the Crafty Emblies piping - very clever. The underground image is wonderful, so much to look at and so topical. My dear OH would have loved to go on the steam train at the recent celebrations - and so would I! Love your card. Hugs, Anne x

  11. Love your fab men's creation! Great colours and embellishments and the title of your post really made me laugh!! Happy Sunday to you!

  12. What wonderful work. Those images are just perfect for mens cards but distressing them really adds the finishing touch.

  13. Love the industrial look of this with the rusty background, pipework and the poster. It's a great card!!

  14. Wowww,wowww, love your embossed ferro,,,and the idea to use a portion of my vintage advertising at top,,,,And all over these oall brown tones add the perfect vintage effect to this gorgeus card.

  15. First... love your opening line! Second.... what a wonderful creation! Love the way you've used the sunburst/rays TF, especially. Yum!

  16. Lovely layering Jenny! A real masculine card.
    And no I have no problem with men, at least not with my own hubby :-)))

    greetings, Alie

  17. Good evening another fantastic "Work of Art" I love the texture you have got here.
    I really like these images must pop over and have a look.
    This is a great card

    Patricia xx

  18. Woah, that's a great "man"-card!!! Love the colours and the textures very much!

    Wanted to let you know that on the how-to of my "remember-cigar-box" I forgot to mention the coat of heat embossing with "old paper" embossing powder BEFORE adding the crackle paint! Have been adding it to the post now, but wanted to make sure you knew!!!


    Claudia x

  19. Gorgeous man card! Still very colorful! I didn't knew that the metro in london is celebrating their 150 anniversary. I'm going to london this year so I'm hoping to catch some of the celebrations:)! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Hehehehe...you had me at the title! Love it! Great card...very masculine! Trying to get caught up on everyone's posts...sorry so slow!

  21. Morning Jenny, I love this card, it is beautifully aged by you, the image is lovely.
    We have had a lot more snow overnight and it is snowing quite heavily at present brrrrrrrr.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  22. Jenny - I absolutely LOVE this card!! I do have a question about the digital images that you used - I have n-e-v-e-r used digital images before and would like to know how they are to work with. Also, do you have to colour each and every image yourself - that seems so time consuming!!!

    Thanks in advance Jenny - again - thanks for sharing!!

    Lorraine - Ontario, Canada

  23. Fabulous card,love the poster and the gorgeous background you've created, hope you're still keeping notes x


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