Monday, 19 March 2012

Flower in a Bottle by Alan Scott

This card was made using my now fav set of stamps by Graphic 45 called ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2’. I wanted to make a simple male themed card that included a flower in it. This is the result, l hope that you like what you see and it might inspire you to try to make something similar yourself when your next in the market for a male themed card.


1 7ins x 8ins card (I used a dark copper coloured card here - you can overlay black card stock with paper to get the desired result)
Set of Graphic 45 Stamps - Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2
1 8ins x 8ins brown wrapping paper
8ins length of dark brown lace
8ins coloured ribbon
Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad
Bottle of Glossy Accents
Stamp sets with butterfly and flower images
Text embossing folder with Birthday as the text
Distressing tool - I have used the Tim Holtz Tonic Studio Paper Distresser
4ins x 7ins white card stock
1 Victorian Velvet Distress Marker
Normal crafty stash ie: glue, blending tool/padswatercolouring brushes, glitter pen/gold pen

As I was stamping in layers, it gave me the chance to test out my new toy - the Fiskars Easy Stamp Press. For those who find holding a smaller stamping block difficult, then this is a great crafting tool, that will enable you to get great results and enjoyment again, from stamping. It comes in 2 sizes and you can use stamps up to 5ins x 7ins with the larger size.


I embossed the brown paper and then I tore the paper down both edges, trying to keep a straight line but I didn't want to be precise about it. This was then secured into the middle of the card front. Please take care when your handling brown wrapping paper after it has been distressed, as it can become very fragile and can tear where you don't want it to. So I suggest using a wet glue for this and not a tape runner.

Stamp the bottle from the Graphic 45 stamp set using the Vintage Photo Ink Pad. Before I cleaned my stamp, I took some scrap paper and stamped out another image. This will now become my mask for later use. Out of the bottle labels, I picked out the one I wanted and placed onto my Fiskars Easy Stamp Press. I was able to hover over my bottle image and then make sure I was able to over stamp and be within the bottle shape.

Taking the ‘mask’ that I had cut out, I placed it on top of the bottle image. I wanted this to be in place, as l was going to stamp the flower next. It only needs to be seen to be coming out of the top of the bottle. Again with the aid of the Fiskars, I was able to look above and place the stamp in the right position. Taking my Victorian Velvet marker, I just scribbled it onto a white tile. Then using the water brush, I coloured the bottle in, just highlighting it to give some depth.The same was done using the Vintage Photo on the bottle label. A simple butterfly stamp was used to give the image some balance. The stamped image was then given a blast with my heat gun to dry and fix. Then taking my glitter roll and gold pen, I highlighted the flowers and butterfly. Being careful not to go over the top, I just wanted to enhance the image. When I was happy that the image was dry and all the embellishment had been done, I filled in the stamped bottle with Glossy Accents. The idea was to make the bottle look real and 3 dimensional. This was then placed to one side and allowed to air dry.

This gave me the opportunity to secure the lace and ribbon onto the card. If you don't have a dark brown lace then you can use your alcohol pens or Distress ink to colour it. When the Glossy Accents had dried, taking my distressing tool, l attacked the edges of the stamped image, after it had been trimmed down to size. When l was happy, taking the Vintage Photo Distressing Ink and my blending tool, I distressed all the edges, not being to careful and brought the edges into the middle very lightly.

To me, a pure white centre when you have distressed the edges and you're going for a aged feel, does not look right. I just wanted to tone down the white and there is actually not a lot of colour.When l was happy with the result, I secured the topper onto my card.

There you have it, a card for a male that has a pink ribbon, a flower and a butterfly on it. Saying that, this card can be given to anyone, I just wanted to show that you don’t have to just use plain colours when making a male themed card - throw convention out of the window and go for it!

Any problems or questions drop me a line and I will do my best to help out asap.
Thanks for reading and I hope it inspires you to try something similar next time you're thinking about making a Male Themed Card.



  1. Lovely card for anyone, as you say. I have a male 'mate' who loves irises, so I know you're right - some men do love flowers x

  2. Stunning card, love the pop of the pink border, gorgeous. xx

  3. Fabulous card, Alan. The colour scheme is perfect.

  4. Great card. I love the bottle ♥


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