Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Challenge #58.....Masculine.....

Hello everyone: I don't know about you but I hardly ever make masculine cards, I tend to lean towards flowers or cute little critters so cards for men are difficult for me to create.  But heck!! I love a challenge and The Challenge  has a challenge this week and it's all about masculine cards so, here is the card I made, I hope it fits the theme.


This image is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps , I had it for a long time, I just love it and THIS is the image I used.  I see the squirrels rushing around in my back yard from my craft room windows and sometimes, they are on the roof and I can see them peeking inside while I'm sitting at my work table, from the gutters. 
I know they are cute and I really wanted to make a masculine card so I just kept it simple, no bling, no sentiment, just a background of embossed trees done with SU Woodland Embossing folder.
I colored this image with Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in baby oil, the berries with SU Cherry Cobbler Marker and the branches with SU Crumb Cake and Chocolate chip.
I sponged the sky with Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink.
Here is a close up.


Here is a picture of the finished inside.


And here is the masculine banner that inspired this card. I know this picture has nothing to do with squirrels, in my defense, this little critter is a boy.


Thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




13 comments:

  1. Northwoods, never heard of that company but he is so ever handsome! Such a great Masculine card for sure!

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  2. Thank you Patti, that is exactly what I thought, this guys is so handsome and that is why I used this image.

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  3. AWWWW...cute ! Your card looks like my scene outside my patio door ! I think your coloring is perfect on this fella . I think squirrels must be in the universal consciousness stream....I am cutting out squirrels this morning with a Valentine theme in mind ! GIGGLE ! Cute card !!

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    1. Thanks my friend, I love, love seeing this chubby critters running around back and forth from the bird feeders. This image looks like a boy squirrel to me and that is why I used it. You worried me there for a second....."cutting out squirrels.....?" LOL!!

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  4. Fantastic masculine card. That squirrel image is sweet, and the way you've colored him and the branches and berries is just amazing. I love the squirrels that run through our neighborhood too. They're just fun to watch. Once in a while, they stop on the patio and peek in through the glass doors! Funny little creatures! Bev

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    1. Thank you Bev, this little critters are a joy to watch doing their squirrely things.

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  5. Beautiful card Maria, love the embossed background and your colouring of that cute squirrel. We don't have them here in Australia, wouldn't know one if I fell across it but they sure look cute. Love how you did the fur.

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    1. Thank you Aileen, this little critters are all over the yard, some of them are gray and some brown, I also have chipmunks and they are adorable.
      I didn't know there are no squirrels in Australia, and there I was, thinking this little critters lived all over the world.

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  6. Love the squirrel image and your coloring, and the embossed background looks wonderful with it! Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Challenge!

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    1. Thank you Diane, masculine cards are a bit hard to make for me but I really like how this one looks.

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  7. Maria, this is fabulous! I love that little squirrel and your coloring if amazing! So happy you joined us at The Challenge this week! XX

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I want to thank you for stopping by, I always read all the comments you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Maria.