Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cards & More "Victory" Projects

It's all about the guys this month in my Cards & More Club. We'll be using Close To My Heart's "Victory" paper pack and "Tough Tags" embellishments along with a few other goodies to make some fun masculine cards.

Check out the projects...

Let's start with that cool wallet...

I found a video online how to make this and now can't remember where or who it was. (hate it when that happens, because I like to give credit where credit is due.)  Anyway, it's super easy to make, and I added some of my own touches to jazz it up a little, like using one of Tim Holtz's Texture Fades to create the embossed texture on the outside of the wallet. The "Limited Edition" leather patch is one of the Tough Tags from Close To My Heart. Each tag has a peel-and-stick backing, making them easy to pop onto your projects.

The wallet opens up and really holds money and gift cards too.

Here are the simple measures & directions to make this wallet:

1. Cut a piece of sturdy card stock 9 x 3 1/2 inches. Emboss if desired.
2. Cut a piece of coordinating pattern paper the same measure. (this is like the lining of the wallet)
3. Round all four corners of those two pieces, then glue together.
4. Score this unit at 4 7/16 and 4 9/16 inches.
5. Cut another piece of card stock (same color as before) 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.
6. Score that piece at 4 1/4 inches. Round bottom two corners only.
7. Cut 2 pieces of the same color card stock at 4 3/16 x 2 inches. This is the first, deepest, pocket on the left and right side. Round the bottom right of one and the bottom left of the other. I stamped stitches across the straight edge.
8. Cut 2 pieces of the same color card stock at 4 3/16 x 1 1/2 inches. (I did mine wrong, but yours will be right.) Round the corners like in step 7, then stamp stitches.
9. Assemble the inside of the wallet as shown in the photo, making sure to use super sticky tape on three sides of all pocket pieces so you can slide things in and out easily.

Now back to the other two cards...

5 x 7 card. The starburst shapes are cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge at 3 3/4 and 3 1/2 inches.

Here's a good look at the fun tags. Some are debossed leather, some are cork, and others are canvas. I've used all the tags in this pack on all the projects you see here today.

These great embellishments are called "Durables" square studs from Close To My Heart. They come in Antique Gold and Pewter, and they also come in a pack of round ones. These guys are peel-and-stick also, so super easy to pop onto a card.

The last project is an easel card for Dad. It measures 5 x 5 inches when folded flat.

I cut the card base from the Art Philosophy cartridge (Card+Square2, pg. 33) then cut the face of the card (Square2) both at 5 inches.

The jeans pocket is cut from Outdoor Denim card stock using an old Sizzix die. I sanded the card stock to get the look of jean material. This pocket could be used on its own as a decorative element or you can make it into a gift card holder like I did by adhering only three sides with some super sticky tape. A 3/4 x 9 inch strip (scored and folded at 4 1/2 inches) serves as a pull-out for the gift card. After sliding the card in, I put a few staples to hold it tight.

When I do easel cards, I like to add my message to the inside panel like this.

I used a brown marker over the stitches so it has the appearance of thread. I enhanced those stitches a little more by piercing through all the little holes that the die already put there. Here's one of the canvas Tough Tags I mentioned earlier. I inked the edges with a dark brown.

The stopper for the easel card (to help it stand up) is also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. Desert Sand card stock for the main image (Rectangle7, pg. 55) and the Barn Red frame for it (Decorative Layer+Rectangle7). Both are cut at 2 inches. I used foam tape to pop this up. And there's the final tag "Born Tough" which is canvas as well. I bordered it with some Olive card stock to help it stand out a bit.

Well, hope you liked the masculine projects today. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!


  1. These are all soooo cool! Glad you showed a close up on the details of each card, totally inspiring!

  2. Annette, I love the details on these! These are awesome!

  3. Great cards, Annette! Always fun to see masculine ones -- they seem to be few and far between!

  4. Annette -

    Fabulous projects as always! Love the wallet!



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