Sunday, 24 November 2013

London Gents by Lynne Moncrieff



This week my DT sample also doubled up as the birthday card I sent to my Dad earlier in the week.

He isn’t a stamper/cardmaker but he has a genuine interest in this passion of mine and he certainly likes to receive a card with lots of details, taking the time to study a card and ask how it was made and I will catch him holding up cards (or other items) to the light to see if I’ve used metallic paints, etc that will catch the light. 

So with this in mind his birthday card has metallic paint incorporated into the Gelli print background and a mix of texture from Kraft style paper (re-cycled cardboard box), stained lace and fabric and vintage items to embellish the card.



EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic Paints:- Aged Gold, Birch, Pure Copper
Sepia Accents (Ranger)
Distress Inks:- Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy
Vintage Pen Nib
Vintage Key
Kraft Style Cardstock (I used old packaging)
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
8”x8” Cardbase
Extras:- Vintage travel token, measuring tape ribbon, dissolved Walnut Ink Crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Stain), calico, stained lace




The cardbase is larger than the 6”x6” Gelli Plate so I worked in a random fashion moving the cardbase around each time before pulling another print. 


Ink Gelli Plate with EcoGreen Crafts acrylics and use lace, burlap ribbon, burlap and textiles to create pattern.

Stamp images with Distress Inks and VersaFine – I had a mix of stamps from all of the above stamp sets and randomly created a background.



Apply dissolved walnut ink crystal solution and Irish Cream paint to tags. Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp a man onto two of the tags and London scene onto the smallest tag, all with VersaFine. Add more stamping, age edges and tear bottom edges off the larger tags.

Tag No. 1:- Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp man with VersaFine. Additional stamping added randomly to the tag with Distress Ink. 


Stamp numbers table and 1880 onto Kraft style card. Staple to tag with stained lace fragment.

Stamp top hat, apply Sepia Accents and adhere to man’s head. Stamp text onto the Kraft style paper and adhere to bottom of tag.


Tag No. 2:- Stamp London scene.


Tag No. 3:- Stamp text with Brushed Corduroy. Stamp man with VersaFine.

Embellish tag with transport token and staple twill ribbon to edge. Age stamped text and adhere to top of tag.

Adhere all three tags to cardbase.  

Stamp Explorer and Inventor onto the torn bottom edges from the tags.

Stamp London onto scrap stained cardstock. Adhere all below tags. 

Attach vintage pen nib
Tear calico into strip. Lightly stain. Stamp text. Tie a knot and adhere to bottom edge of cardbase.

Stamp decorative border three times, fussy cut then adhere to top edge, layered with stained lace.


Finally distress an old key and adhere with strong glue. I used silicone glue but Gel Medium is a good option.


Until next week,




  1. Love that gelli print - and your card is fantastic, as always, Lynne. No wonder your dad loved it.

  2. Such a stunning masculine card Lynne...your father will love every inch of it!!!

  3. Fab card indeed, I bet your dad has spent quite some time discovering all the layers !
    Corrie x

  4. What a great card, so full of detail. I have looked at it for ages, it's so beautiful - your dad will have plenty to feast his eyes on here. I love the London scene particularly and the way it is incorporated into the composition. Thanks also for the glue tip. I have long wondered about the best strong glue for adhering heavy embellishments: this is so helpful. Julie Ann xx

  5. An absolute stunner for your Dad Lynne - he certainly has lots to admire with all your amazing little details. I bet he loves it. Beautiful work. Nicola x

  6. Fabulous background and perfect adornments in the fabric and vintage finds. The three tags are perfectly put together. I bet your dad loved it.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  7. Beautiful as always Lynne.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  8. Wonderful card Lynne and a great tutorial too. I really must have a go with my Gelli plate, time is in short supply here at the moment. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  9. This is wonderful Lynne! Great tutorial! Super layers and love that trim!

  10. Dear Lynne , this card is SOOOO wonderfull , --- first the gelli background is amazing, and your stamps so great , also with the gentlemen ,-now it was for your father !
    The details ,also from your background between the tags, is so beautiful, and the bits of papers with words, -fabric and the key and coin, it asll gives this card a gorgeous feeling of late 1800 .... Lynne another masterpiece, your father will treasure, so much,- it is lovely to send cards to persons ,whom love what we create,- and he surely does that !! HUG from Dorthe

  11. A lovely card and even though a masculine theme, you still manage to slip in some lace edging.

  12. Completely stunning, Lynne... You've really inspired me to get the Gelli plate out again, to see if I can create anything half as beautiful as that print! And then all those wonderful images - I love that they're stamped onto the tags, and then it's all so brilliantly composed - just brilliant!
    Alison xx

  13. Wow! love this!! You have inspired me to pull out the Gelli plate. I love the colors and effect you were able to "pull" off with this. Soft and warm. I'm sure your father will treasure this.

  14. Stunning Lynne from corner to corner so to speak.... Absolutely adore your Gelli background, so very clever and your two gentlemen look fantastic the way you have stamped them, love also how you have put this whole piece together.

  15. The Gelli background is absolutely stunning, I love the wonderful London scene and the way you have stamped the men onto tags. The composition is amazing, I bet your Dad looked at this for a very long time, just wondering how you put it together - it is fabulous. Hugs, Anne x

  16. this is an incredible card! i love that your dad pays careful attention to the things you make; a gift in itself. happy birthday to him! xo

  17. PERFECTION, I can just visualized you father examining it, I pictured him like that even before I read he did, your work is something to look at over and over admiring every fabulous detail outstanding work made with love what could be better, thanks for sharing Miss Lynne, the process was magical to see...

  18. Such wonderful details on this stunning card Lynne! xx

  19. An amazingly detailed creation Lynne and such a wonderful idea.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


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