Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Simply Cards & Papercraft 132

Well, I'm still in the process of catching up on sharing my published work with you - issue 33 has hit the shelves (and I have some cards featured inside! More on that at a later date), so I'm now only an issue behind.

I made these projects way back last year and was asked to create masculine birthday cards using a colourful corrugated mat stack by DCWV. This mat stack has seen a lot of use since, especially the natural brown colour, it's amazing how much use I get from it! The recycled/kraft look fits my style pretty well, and I love the texture it gives to a project.

I added a distressed effect to the mat in the card above by tearing around the top-left and bottom-right edges, then used white acrylic paint and a mask to dry-brush the polka dot pattern across the card front (yes, back in my dry-brushing days!).

For this card, I also used the dry-brushing technique to highlight the star hand-cut from red corrugated card. I kept the design fairly simple as masculine cards tend not to be too fussy, but a die-cut border and some extra cream polka dots finished it off.

Stars are always great for masculine cards, but you also can't go wrong with circles! I decided to use the mat stack to create some textured circles, which I layered up along with stickers, enamel dots and paper circles. This type of material isn't something you can die-cut particularly well, but I managed to use my scalloped circle punch for the blue circle, and of course using templates to hand-cut your own shapes from this thick material is always a must.

As always, I haven't shown all the cards featured in the magazine, so make sure you grab a copy to see the rest of my designs! That's it for now, back soon :)


  1. What brilliant cards. They are all bright and colourful and different. The textures are wonderful and I love how amazing you have made them look with just different papers and shapes. I envy you, as I would love to make cards like this.

    <3 and Hugs
    Lisa xxxx

  2. Great cards and papers. Hugs Jennifer xx

  3. Fabulous cards, Melanie, love the tactile look to them, hugs xxx

  4. These are gorgeous Melanie!
    Linda xxx

  5. Great cards with beautiful bright colours

  6. Gorgeous layering here. Congrats on publications

  7. Hi Melanie your cards are gorgeous I love all the bright colours. Hugs Jackie


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