Male Card – Cogs

Everywhere I look lately, I see masculine cards with cogs on them.  Whether that’s the background or the foreground doesn’t seem to matter, but cogs seem to be very popular at the moment. (Take a look at my Pinterest page for masculine cards and you’ll see what I mean.)

The card I’m showing you today features cogs.  I got the inspiration for my card, from this one:

As you’ll see, it’s quite a bit different, but it definitely inspired me. Here’s my card:


This card was extremely simple to make, and apart from using the distress inks (on the cogs) it was very quick to make.

I started off by embossing a brown sheet of cardstock.  I bought the folder a long time ago, and this is only the second time I’ve used it. (Shows how many masculine cards I make!) Then I dabbed a little bit of distress stain here and there on the embossed card, and also used sandpaper on a couple of spots to make it more distressed looking. I then distressed around the outer edges of the topper card.

I cut a strip of black cardstock and stamped the greeting in gold ink.

I’d already inked up the cogs – which I cut using my Silhouette.  I used a mixture of vintage-type colours as I wanted to achieve a vintage look. I used Vintage Photo distress stain, Aged Mahogony, and  Tarnished Brass.  (Sorry, I originally had Antiqued Bronze, but it’s actually Tarnished Brass.) I just dabbed them here and there until I was happy with the effect.

After gluing down my stamped black strip (after the cogs were totally dry), I added the topper card to my base cardstock.  Then I added dimentionals to them, then placed on the card.  I tried to place them as though each one made the other one turn.

That’s it.  Like I said fairly quick and easy.  I’ve since inked up a heap of cogs, ready to make more cards of this nature. That will make the process much quicker in the future.


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