Friday, 8 November 2019

TGCDT: Gifts of the Season - Stampin’ Up! Christmas Rose Stamp Set

The Gentleman Crafters are hopping again, obviously, that’s most likely why you are here after all but just in case you didn’t know here you go. I love it when the guys all get together and hop. After my recent interview regarding being a guy within the card making industry it really made it obviously how we guys need show ourselves off a little more.

As you can see I’m breaking away from the Whisper White Card base that you’ve seen me use every month so far since the TGCDT was created. This project is something a little different and something that has coursed a little controversy amongst some demonstrators due to the use of Basic Grey and has unofficially been named the Marmite card. I was clearly going through a grey day as I made around 5 grey Christmas card at the same time of this one – I clearly like it or you wouldn’t be seeing.

The subtleness of the silver against the grey just worked so well however I felt that it didn’t really stand out. Due to this I added some Ink Blending over the embossing to around the edges of the die cut embossing and this made it pop. Ink blending is one thing that I actually struggle with – yes I struggle with things too which is why I’m pushing myself to do it more. You’ve most likely already noticed this and more projects will be coming soon using more of this technique.

I did ‘urm’ & ‘ahh’ over rather or not to do the sentiment on back card stock or what colour to bring in for the sentiment to sit on. So many concerns with heat embossing silver onto black, white onto black etc. The way I worked around is was to give everything a go and mess around with the design and composition.

You’ll be heading over to the amazing and talented Design Team members below. Make sure you check out their posts as I personally cannot wait to see what they have created.



I honestly don’t know what is next for me. I’ve been in stuck a creative rut that I need to hurry up and get out of it, I know we all get like this from time to time and that is okay. I’m going to start by just cleaning up and hopefully inspiration will hit.

All the supplies used to create this card are available by contacting me direct or by clicking on the images below. Don’t forget for all orders between £20.00-£99.00 add the Hostess code for a free gift from me at the end of the month! For orders of £99.00, why not purchase the Starter Kit and get £155.00 worth’s of supplies for just £99.00.


  1. Hi Martin, Great Project again this month. I love your use of silver against the black and grey.

  2. Lovely card. just love the non traditional colours.