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Friday 25 May 2018

Creative Card Making Tutorial - Time Flies

Hi Vintage Journey fans,

It's S@ndy here to share a card with you that is made in that wonderful vintage, steampunk style that we all love.  I hope you enjoy -

It seems that I'm always looking for a masculine card and they are a little difficult but I think this one fits the bill so let's get started.

First thing we need are some butterflies.  Two solid and two detailed butterflies were cut out using the Butterfly Apeture die from Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD).  They were then cut in half and the patterns were mixed and attached to each other just at the body portion leaving the wings free.

The finished size of this card is 6" X 6" so start with a 6" X 12" piece of cardstock that is scored in the middle, wood grain paper was used here.  Using the Weathered Clock die from Tim Holtz - cut two clocks from black.  An extra clock was cut for the upper right corner of the card, not shown.  Using the ECD Take Time For You die set - cut one pocket watch and chain from tan cardstock and the hands from black.

Next using the Tim Holtz Clockwork Stencil - stencil some clocks on the front of the card, copper metallic ink was used here with a blending tool.

Add clock to lower left corner and trim off the excess.

  Using double sided foam tape, add  to butterfly and then add to card.  Add the pocket watch next using the same method with the foam tape.  Attach the chain piece to make the pocket watch appear to be flying.

Cut out all words and letters from black and attach as shown below.  Add one small piece of the Weathered Clock to the top right hand side of card.  Word Set 1 and Lower Case Alphabet were used here - both from ECD.

Use a corner rounder to round out the two bottom corners.  Edge all around the card with ink.  Distress Oxide Ink, Vintage Photo, was used here.

 For the inside - a woodgrain mat was cut 5.75" square and then bottom corners were rounded.
Stencil lightly with the same stencil as above and add ink around the edges of the panel.

For the finishing touch on the inside add any sentiment that you need.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have been inspired.

If you would like more information on the items I used please stop by my blog HERE.


  1. Great male card Sandy. Love the subtlety stencilled background complimenting the die cuts perfectly. Nikki x

  2. Sandy, I love how you used this die as a stencil for your background and the grouping with the butterfly is amazing. Awesome and inspiring cardmaking. Big hugs, Autumn

  3. A wonderful card S@nday, I really love the stencilling over the 'wood' paper, it is so effective. The watch atop the butterfly is such a lovely touch. The inside of the card looks fantastic too! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. A fabulous card Sandy, great design and embellishments xxx

  5. Great card, thanks for sharing how to do it and it has given me a lot of ideas when I have to make something more masculine, hugs.

  6. A fabulous card, Sandy ideal for both male or female. Love the muted tones with the accents of black. Wonderful idea to use the clock as a stencil - looks really effective. Thanks for sharing. x

  7. Sandy, you've not only made a fabulous masculine card, your post is so easy to follow! I love the copper stencil work over the wood grain and how you've added the pocket watch over the butterfly. Great details inside and out! Sending hugs!

  8. a fantastic card Sandy x Love the details and the amazing background x Great work !! Great photos and step by step too x

    TFS and hugs Annie x

  9. This is a great card, Sandy - such clever use of the die-cuts, and the stencilled wood plank background is fabulous.
    Alison x

  10. What a great masculine design Sandy! love that mixed pattern large butterfly along with the die cut and stenciled timepieces - all held together with that wonderful woodgrain background! Julia xx

  11. Fabulous card. Creative use of stencils and dies. Easy to follow tutorial. Thank you for the inspiration!