Monday, December 3, 2012

Avery Elle Release Day #3 ~ Knotty



Hi everyone!  I'm back for Avery Elle's release Day #3 and today's set is called Knotty!  These classic nautical designs are perfect for all kinds of occasions, but especially for Valentine's Day:)


I don't know about you, but my husband is the hardest person to make cards for!  And Valentine's Day cards?  Fuhgettaboutit!  I have no problem writing the sappiest message inside, I just have the hardest time with the outside.  How do you make a manly (lol) card that's not boring or blah?  Apparently, nautical is the answer!  Here's what I'm talking about...


I just love how this turned out.  Just enough detail to make me happy, and not too many as to be fussy!  The anchor image was stamped and the background colored with copics.  The porthole window was made using a pair of circle dies.  The rivets/nails are just "holes" punched with a small hole punch from the same woodgrain paper and glued around the window ring.  {Note: A little tip for stamping on textured paper.  Stamp on the back side, the smoother side.  This tip really comes in handy when you're having a hard time matching cardstock colors!}  Got time for another masculine nautical card?


This time I used the compass rose stamp to create a 3D compass!  Again, I used my circle dies to create a metallic case for my compass.  It's hard to see, but the ring is made from shiny silver paper.  I hand cut a little compass needle and it's popped up on some foam over the face of the compass.  For a more 3D look, I used a ring of black foam under the silver compass ring (looks great from the side).  Much simpler to make than it sounds!  Kind of reminds me of a cool swiss army watch.  I think hubby would approve!  

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you click on over to these links to see the fantastic projects Jamie, Kasia, and Chunyuan have made with this set:)

Jamie Gracz (Avery Elle blog)

I'll be back on tomorrow with one more release!  Don't forget that Jamie is offering the chance to win a $25 store credit!  All the details are on the Avery Elle blog!   The new release items will be available to purchase on December 5th on the Avery Elle site!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Avery Elle Supplies:
Knotty stamp set (will be available December 5th)
Cherry red card stock
Ultra Pure Smooth White card stock
New Moon black card stock
Fog gray card stock


23 comments:

  1. wow! you nailed it today - LOVE that nautical card :)

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  2. These rock, JJ! Totally kick ass masculine cards! Love all the popped up elements and little details like the rivets. Awesome!

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  3. Such a cool card!! I love the woodgrain. Did you use an impression plate or pre embossed cardstock?

    The port hole is just brilliant! I'm always amazed and inspired by you!

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  4. JJ, these cards are awesome! Love them!

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  5. Wow, two fabulous masculine cards!

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  6. Love these, especially that first one, the porthole looks fantastic!

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  7. These are both fantastic masculine cards!!

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  8. Fantastic knot-ical cards, JJ! So happy to see an awesome masculine stamp set and you've showcased it perfectly!

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  9. What a great use of this set! TFS your ideas!

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  10. I would want that set just to make a card like your first example! LOVE it.

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  11. Both of your cards are so adorable JJ--LOVE!

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  12. great Wonderful cards...the second one with the embossed lines is so striking.

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  13. Wow!
    You rocked the masculine "love" card. :)

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  14. Your card is great. Perfect set for male cards.

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  15. JJ, these are both FANTASTIC masculine cards!! Love the sentiments in this set! Your 3D compass card looks real!!! :)

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  16. Such perfect masculine lovey-mushy cards! And yep, you can be as mushy as you like on the inside, but outside? Hard to do! You nailed it :)

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  17. This set is perfect for cards for guys and I love the ones you made, they are stunning!

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  18. Wow these would be Great Card for the Sailor in someone's life. Beautiful!

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  19. Both of these are so cute and clever and you've added so much dimension with the portal bolts, and the metallic frame on the compass! Now I need these too!

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  20. Love them both JJ.... guys cards are not easy to have ideas for but this set is great and I love how you've used it :0)
    Jenny x

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  21. Crisp, clean and bold masculine cards, really striking!

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I'd love to hear from you! Aloha!