Casually Crafting Masculine Makes Blog Hop…

Hello & welcome back to the Casually Crafting Blog Hop. This months theme is Masculine Makes, in plenty of time to inspire you ready for Father’s Day which is on Sunday 21st June here in the UK. I don’t think I will get to see my Dad for our normal get together this year, so a card is going to be especially important.

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Punch Art

My normal ‘go to’ sets for masculine makes are Sailing Home or Rooted in Nature, but I used Rooted in Nature last month and I will be showcasing Sailing Home on Sunday, so I have gone for something a little different for you today. When I think about masculine makes, I think clean, simple, bold colours with a hint of metallic, and whilst sorting out my retired stamp sets I saw an image which I thought was just perfect. I also thought I could recreate it using my circle punches.

handmade greeting card using punches from stampin up - punch art

I have used Pretty Peacock for my card base, 10″ x 5″, scored in half at 5″. As my metallic colour I chose Copper Foil, 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. I couldn’t decide between using Rich Razzleberry or Blackberry Bliss, they are both such gorgeous colours so I went for both, one at 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and one at 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. This card has a whopping 5 layers, making it feel really solid and actually quite special. The last layer, Pretty Peacock again, is 4″ x 4″.

To make the punched shapes, I used two punches, the 1″ circle punch and the 3/4″ circle punch. I didn’t realise until too late that the 3/4″ is actually retired, so no longer available, but you could absolutely use the 1/2″ circle punch for this, it might just be a little bit more fiddly. I started by simply punching out a circle in my chosen colour, then inserting back into the punch slightly as you can see in the picture, punching again to give me two shapes, one that looks like a moon and one that looks like an oval with pointy ends.

I punched out plenty of these shapes, using both sizes of punch, in various different colours, and punched one single solid circle in copper foil. This is the centre of my ‘flower’ and what everything else is built around. I started off by laying things out, not gluing them down until I was happy with the spacing. Once everything was in place I grabbed my Take Your Pick tool with its tacky end and some liquid glue and began sticking things down, just as they were laid out.

The Take Your Pick tool is an amzing gadget with a tacky putty end which easily picks up sequins, paper accents, and other small objects. You just twist it to dispense more putty. The other end has 2 changeable, double-ended tips with paper piercer, mini spatula, small stylus, and large stylus. such good value at just £9, and that includes a putty refill too!

Punch art handmade card using Stampin' Up! supplies

To finish the card off I wanted a simple, clean sentiment. Lots of sentiment stamps from Stampin’ Up! are beautiful but for Mascline Makes I wanted something bold, so I reached for the ‘Well Said’ stamp set. There really is a sentiment for every occasion in that stamp set! I heat embossed the greeting in copper onto Rich Razzleberry card and layered this onto Blackberry Bliss before afixing to my card using mini Stampin’ Dimensional. A few of the Metallic Pearls in the corner and that was all the ‘bling’ this card needed.

I hope you have been inspired to get those punches out and try something new with them, punch art is quite addictive once you get going…

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Until next time, Stay Safe and Happy Crafting xx

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