Challenge 48 - Tipper Week

Good Morning Top Tippers
Are you ready for another fab challenge this week?

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Tipper Week

We on the TTT DT love our Tipper Weeks - it's when we get to share with you our favourite tips!

But don't forget we'd love you to share your Top Tips with us too
Write your Top Tip in your blog post, link the post adding (TIP) after your name and if you make a project using our theme too you'll get the chance of 2 prizes!!!

This Week's Challenge

'Masculine Card'


Random.Org Prize............

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We specialize in Rubber Stamps and Scrapbook supplies. Some of the companies we carry are: Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, Penny Black clear stamps, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Stampavie, My Heart Stamps for You, Basic Grey, Ribbon, Charms, Shimmerz, and more!


Top Tipper Prize............

Stash Books

celebrate handmade

who is offering our featured tipper an amazing book:

Stash Books is an imprint of C&T Publishing located in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re craving beautiful authenticity in a time of mass-production…Stash Books is for you. Stash Books is a new line of how-to books celebrating fabric arts for a handmade lifestyle. Backed by C&T Publishing’s solid reputation for quality, Stash Books will inspire you with contemporary designs, clear and simple instructions, and engaging photography.


Now onto the Top Tip Tuesday Design Team's Masculine projects and Top Tips...


When using punches, turn them upside down, so you can see what you're punching through the hole in the bottom of the punch!

When heat embossing, gently rub the surface with anti-static bag to remove fingerprints and prevent stray pecks of powder.

For a "guy card" use twine or raffia instead of ribbon.  It feeds the need to embellish without the risk of making the card too "girlie".

Masculine cards can be difficult to make; however,
 if you include a joke, power tools and a plumber's can't go wrong!

When You are creating a background for your stamp, make sure you place the stamp first and then cover it up before you're stamping on it ;)


#1 - Nesties look great horizontally and vertically together.
#2 - If there is a pattern in clothes or stamp, try to choose DP with the same pattern to coordinate

Always think odd!
The human brain likes to 'group' things, so when adding gems (or any other embellishment) always use odd numbers - that way the human eye will see one group of 3 rather than 2 groups of 2! This works for anything visual - crafting/gardening/etc.


#1 - Hand sew your buttons on with jute/twine,
They wont pop off in the post, and this looks better on masculine cards.
#2 - Use a kitchen sponge... like the ones that have the green scourer, to stipple your sky.


Male cards don't need to be dull and drab colours, try some bright and cheerful tones.

#1 - Dip the ends of ribbons very lightly into wet craft glue to 'seal' the cut ends and let it dry before adding to your projects.  It will dry clear so you will not see it, but it will prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying.
#2 - For a more 'masculine' bow, just tie a knot in a ribbon and pull the ends out flat rather than tie an actual bow.

Ground your image by adding a shadow on the floor; so that they do not look like they are floating in the air.

Using a Digi image and find it smears?!
Why not spray a bit of cheep hair spray over the top to stop the smudging!