Monochrome and Masculine

The challenge at Less is More this week is to make a masculine card.  I certainly don’t have many masculine cards in my stash so it will come in handy.  There are not many masculine stamps in my collection either, most were bought with my son and his friends in mind: the extreme sports stamps from Stampin’ Up.  Rather than be extreme I pulled out the ever faithful “Lovely as a Tree set” and created a foggy hillside scene.

I worked on a piece of cardstock larger than the finished panel so I could crop it to the most appealing view.  I used chocolate chip ink for the whole panel, stamping the foreground trees first then adding a mask, stamping again, sponging, then moving the mask and repeating the pattern until I was stamping the final pale trees in the distance.

So my clean and simple does not include “white space” this time but plenty of empty unstamped space surrounding my image panel. The matted panel is popped up over the textured card base.


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks:   Chocolate Chip
Cardstock:   Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, textured and flat


50 Comments on “Monochrome and Masculine”

  1. gibmiss says:

    Hi Heather
    love your card ..looks very complicated…was it …gorgeous

  2. *Chrissie* says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Nuff said!
    Thanks so much!
    “Less is More”

  3. sue says:

    Oh wow, Heather, this is a real beauty! The whole look is so soft, yet so detailed. I love chocolate with white. Sponging the chocolate over just softens it and makes it glow. I love, too, that you took this design to the inside of the card. This is really gorgeous, and one you can be sure I will copy! Really, really pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  4. Ali Watson says:

    Oh this is fantastic and perfect for a male card. Love everything about it!!

    Ali x

  5. Laura says:

    This is gorgeous, wow! Love the trees and the technique you used, and the brown & white work so well together.

  6. Anne says:

    A simply stunning card.


  7. Hazel says:

    I love cards with trees on and this is beautiful. Hazel x

  8. Joan B says:

    you have such talent. I love everything you make, including this beauty!

  9. Cherry says:

    A truly amazing card, Heather – love the scene you have created and it looks fab against the brown. Hugs cherry XXX

  10. Valerie says:

    Just beautiful Heather, I love the colour of the card and the misty masking. I caught a glimpse of some stanping inside that links it all.
    Val x

  11. Kathyk says:

    This is lovely, your choice of colours and images are just great


  12. mandi says:

    ‘white’ space is just blank, left alone card space, exactly what you’ve done
    Just FAB
    Thank you
    “LEss is More”

  13. Diane says:

    Lovely card and very suitable for men.
    Diane xx

  14. Caro says:

    Wow! That is truly stunning…I must try the technique you mention though it sounded rather complicated!

  15. Lynne says:

    I love everything about this card. The colours, the image, the sponging. Perfect male card.
    Lynne xxx

  16. Sarita says:

    Oh wow this is just beautiful, what fantastic stamping.
    I sincerely apologise for the long delay in answering your query about where I get my stamps made. I get mine made up at but I don’t know if they sell outside the UK.
    You can probably find somewhere online in your country-I just searched for clear stamp manufacturer and came up with Tanda. Good luck!
    Love Sarita xx

  17. Frieda says:

    Liebe Heather !

    Was für eine wundervolle Karte !

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo schön !!!!

    herzlichst Frieda

  18. deb says:

    wow, stunning card, fabulous stamping!
    Happy Crafting, Debxx

  19. Jo says:

    This is a stunning card. I really must get myself some tree stamps. Jo x

  20. Pauline says:

    Beautiful, a lovely scene.

  21. Rosemary D says:

    oh this is absolutely gorgeous!!

  22. great card, fab stamping – and really works –

  23. Linda J says:

    I have been enjoying your beautiful cards so much. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Jenny says:

    This is just amazing, and I love the texture of your card blank too x

  25. Sam says:


    Sam x

  26. Oooohh – a misty mountainside! Dreamy!

  27. Lynne K says:

    What a beautiful scene! A perfect masculine card, but any woman would love it too! Lynne x

  28. Lindsey says:

    As the stamp set implies, this is lovely, Heather. A perfect masculine card.

  29. I love all your cards, they are always so clean and simple, very inspirational. Iam sending you a Stylish Blogger Award. Check out my blog to get the badge and details.
    Thank you.

  30. Fabulous stamping and sponging.
    Hugs, Sandra

  31. Suze Bain says:

    Heather, the stamped panel is absolutely gorgeous. What a fabulous card. x

  32. Another stunning masked card!

  33. Susan says:

    Heather, this is just gorgeous! I love all the masking you did…and the softness of the stamping!

  34. sue says:

    Fab card. Love the technique. Sue.x

  35. Viv says:

    This is such a great card, it stood out from all the rest as soon as I saw it.I have tree stamps now was just about to have a go at masking too…soon :O) Viv xx

  36. jenjoy says:


  37. ND says:

    Once again, I like it very much. It reminds me of walking in the Gatineau Hills, though I have not done so when the trees are totally bare, something I have enjoyed on several occasions.

    But I am intrigued by one thing –
    It is clear that so many of your regular viewers have enjoyed and appreciated this card as they have added their appreciative comments. However, I am seeking to discern from the comments what is the essential characteristic or quality which defines this or any card as a MASCULINE card.

    Can it be described or only demonstrated?


    • me35 says:

      Just jumping in here with my thoughts on a why this could be described as “masculine”:
      1. Colour scheme – darker neutrals(brown, grey, black), darker tones and red/blue/green are traditionally seen as male colours. Yup, you see them on ‘feminine’ cards too, but more often in a kraft, white/cream, purple, olive scheme.
      2. Lack of embellishments – no bling/ribbon/bows, frills or flowers.
      3. ‘Clean’ layout – not layer, upon layer, upon layer….
      4. Nature is often seen as a ‘safe’ masculine theme, particularly the less floral aspect…

      I don’t know if you’re asking out from a perspective of “how to make masculine cards” or ( as I think more likely !) to provoke a debate ! If it’s the latter, I think I’m with you in agreeing that assigning a gender to a card is a matter of your personal perpective on that card – regardless that I think this card is GORGEOUS, I wouldn’t give it to my super-girly SIL, but I WOULD give it to my Munro-bagging SIL ( I still think I’d embellish it a little though !)

      HTH ! Anyone else got anything to add ?!

  38. Aileen says:

    Love how you have done your panel. You made it sound simple but I’m not convinced it is. Great male card. x

  39. Beryl K says:

    Absolutely Fabulous!

  40. butlersabroad says:

    This is beautiful, so elegant, and it still qualifies for “white space” as that’s just a large area of the base card with no DP or stamping on it, doesn’t matter the colour of the card base.


  41. I’m telling you… I literally *gasp* each time I come here! This is so So SO GORGEOUS!!!

  42. Linby says:

    Fantastic card-such detail and so serene.

  43. Vicky says:

    What a beautiful misty look you’ve achieved here and all in one colour too! I love the textured card base too.

  44. Kerry says:

    This one really jumped out at me from the gallery of entrants. simply stunning!

  45. Suzi B says:

    Stunning! just stunning!

  46. Sylvie says:

    Wonderful card
    Hug Sylvie x

  47. […] card is inspired by the technique used by Heather over at bits and pieces I discovered her while browsing through someone else’s blog link – fun to do sometimes […]

  48. me35 says:

    Thank you for this lovely card – I hope you don’t mind, but I CASEd you ! I only recently discovered your blog and I have bookmarked a few more cards that I think are beautiful – thanks for the inspiration !

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