Saturday, 26 May 2012

The British Gent Card by Alan Scott

This card was made from another stunning set of stamps by IndigBlu called Pomp and Pagentry. This again was a set of stamps that I have had for a while but didn't quite know what to do with it. So the other day, I decided to pull the set out of my storage box. I first thought about layering the Union Flag as a geometric design. However, it didn't quite overlap when I tested it out on scrap paper. Well then I had a happy accident! No doubt we all have done this - I inked up the stamp and was about to stamp but I dropped it. After a few choice words, I picked up the stamp and then it hit me - it looked interesting! So with a fresh sheet of A4 photocopy paper, I started to stamp randomly and the card started to take shape! 


One 8”x 8” card blank
Memento Ink Pad Lady Bug Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Markers Fired Brick & Faded Jeans
Versafine Smokey Grey Ink Pad
3 Sheets of A4 good stamping card
Water Brush
Optional Friskars Paper Edgers Deckle
Soft Large Make Up Brush
Normal crafting items like scissors, craft knife, good paper glue 


This card is built up using 4 printing elements. The background, flags, Big Ben and the male topper. The thing they will all have in common, is they will db distress by using the Vintage Photo Ink Pad.
The background is made up in 2 stages, Firstly, stamp the Union Flag using the Smokey Grey Ink Pad, don't worry if you're going to overlap a little - all you want to do is cover an A4 sheet. We want to do an A4 so that we can then pick the 8inch square that's the best.
After the flag layer has been done, the next stage is to take the lion stamp and then stamp over the card base using your eye to make up an combined image. You want a good mix of them both - not just one being overpowered by the other.
Then when dry, pick out the best 8 inch square, trim roughly and then place onto the card base. When it's secured, take your craft knife and metal edge ruler and trim all sides so that it's flush.
Next step is to stamp the male figure. Once you have stamped it, take your water brush and gently go over it and blend in any areas that are not totally black. Place aside till completely dry.
Taking the Big Ben stamp and the Lady Bug ink, stamp out 4 images. Place to one side to dry.
Taking the cleaned Union flag and your marker pens, colour the respective colours using the markers. After you have stamped out 2 Union Flags place to one side.
You need to cut close all around the Male stamped image. Take your time and just relax when you're doing this. When you have finished, using the Vintage Photo and a soft make up brush, gently cover the image lightly to give a slight tint. Then, with a blending brush/foam pad go over the edges to give a deeper hue. This is done to all of the parts of the card after they have been cut out.
If you don't have any deckled edge scissors, then just distress the edges before you colour the edges.
The 4 Big Ben images go in each corner. The Union Flags go in the top centre just overlapping a little. The male figure is the last to be secured into place. Gently fold the image to make a mound and fill the centre with a good strong glue and secure into place.
There you have it, a Festive feeling card perfect for a Male Birthday.
Any questions, please ask away.



  1. A happy accident indeed. A really cool card.

  2. Loving your fab collaged card Alan.

  3. Perfect male card and a lovely keepsake


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