When Abstract and Masculine Collide

by | Mar 31, 2016 | Masculine Cards | 6 comments

Hi everyone! It’s good to be back! I appreciate your patience with me while I rework my priorities and work on some great projects that I’ll be sharing with you soon. The wheels are still turning, but I’m on the verge of putting it all together. I guess that starts today with the latest PPA Challenge – since I’m back here on the blog 🙂

Do you struggle with masculine cards? How about abstract shapes, layers and designs? Well, then my take on today’s PPA Sketch by Dawn Tidd is just the sample for you to Pin and try! First, let’s take a look at Dawn’s sketch:

Pals Paper Arts 294 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)

I love that Dawn went square with her design, and added just a few additional, and flexible layers. It really does emphasize that this is a suggestion or an aide to help you start off a new design. You could even use this for a scrapbook page, or a printable, or any sort of DIY artwork. Hmmm….. I guess that’s giving me some ideas! LOL!

Well, for now, let’s take a look at my design:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA294): Greatest Greetings, Circles Collection Framelits, Happy Patterns Decorative Masks; Envelope Punch Board; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #masculinecard

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Make Your Own DSP!

Here’s something that’s been in my toolbox for a while that I just got around to using – the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks. They’re an easy way to make your own DSP. In this example, I used Marina Mist ink with a sponge dauber, sponged using the mask right onto some Marina Mist cardstock. I did mask both the top and bottom with some scrap paper so there would be a defined line, much like the sketch. It’s a subtle look, but adds extra depth that was really needed to pull the design together.

Mis-align for a Retro Vibe

I used the Circles Collection Framelits to make the circle elements – one framelit right inside the next larger one. BUT, I made sure that the inside die was pushed to one side to make an uneven ring. I think they would have looked good either way, but I love the way they look retro – very Mad Men, don’t you think?

Subtle, Soft Edges

You may not be able to see, or you may have thought it was just a shadow, but I actually softened up the white/blue line at the top and bottom by using an Aqua Painter and some Marina Mist ink to make a simple line across on the white. Then, when I adhered the Marina Mist cardstock piece, there wasn’t such a hard line. The watercoloring softened it up and added a bit of sophistication. I think that’s a technique I’ll be using more often!

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Calling All Creatives!

It’s your turn to play along with the Pals! What will you design using this week’s sketch? Remember, it doesn’t have to be exact – just use the sketch as a guideline and see where it takes you! You can post to a blog, sites like SplitCoast Stampers, or even Pinterest, then link back to the challenge!

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