Video : Cards4Men Images – Adding Details!

Back with another fun image from the Katzlkraft’s Les Jungles set.  I finally got to play with the elephant (the reason that I bought this set) and what a cutie he is, he looks so un’happy’ that it’s his birthday so I thought it was perfect to have a bright cheery card!  I decided to film the process, and there were a couple of hiccoughs along the way….  but you can see those for yourself lol.

You can see my video here or Watch it in HD at Youtube.



Thanks for your visit today, I’ll be back again real soon!

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Other Supplies:  Copics – Y11,17,38 / YG00,03,17,21 / YR04 / B01,02,95 /0  Prismacolor Pencils – Putty Beige / 50% Warm Grey.

50 thoughts on “Video : Cards4Men Images – Adding Details!

  1. Actually, I thought the original gel highlights were fine, but really like the different patterns on the letters. The first thing I thought of to show dimension was glossy accents.

  2. I nearly gasped when I saw you turn that wood-grain patterned paper over! Great choice, Therese! Fabulous card, incredible video – love your final decisions, too! xx

  3. Actually I thought the highlights were fine. But do like the patterns better. What about glossy accents?

  4. Love the card! Where can we purchase the die? I don’t think I saw it listed as one of the supplies. Love that die! Love the stamp set with the elephant too! Is that something we can get in the States? Thanks so much for taking us on your special journey! There’s no mistakes – only opportunities!

    1. Hi Audrey,
      I bought the MFT ‘Happy’ die at the local craft show in Australia earlier this year and am thinking that it’s now been retired (that’s how long it takes for us to get things here in Australia sometimes lol). But there is good news with the stamp set, even though I’ve heard that it hasn’t been available in the US I have bought (and know some US crafters) that have bought direct from the company and they are fantastic to deal with, very fast and affordable. Here is the link,
      Thanks so much for your comments, they truly make my day! Hugs

    2. Hi Audrey,
      I just heard that you can now get Les Jungles (Katzelkraft) stamps from Frantic Stamper in the US and also that Simon Says Stamp has a similar ‘Happy’ die to the one that I used in my card. Hope this helps, Hugs, Therese

      1. Hi Therese! Thank you so much for finding a store in U.S. I’m ordering it today! I found the Happy Block Die at Taylored Expressions on line too!!! Whoohoo! I love all of your work! I am stuck on the Penny Black poinsettia card that you recently made too! I just moved so all of my crafts are neatly stored in large plastic containers and boxes and my goal is to have everything set up mid November in time for Thanksgiving as that is a 4 day holiday! Lots of time to play!!!

  5. Always good to see a man card. I have a had job trying to come up with ideas.
    You mentioned a product “Gamsol” a few videos back,what is another product I could use instead. We cant get it in NZ. I’m glad I found your videos,easy to follow and good ideas.

    1. Hi Joyce,
      It’s difficult to get ‘Gamsol’ here in Australia. Although Spectrum Noir do make some now and it’s become easier since then. My ‘Gamsol’ is long gone, I just keep refilling the bottle with a (very inexpensive) product from the art / craft stores that you get in the paints section called Odourless Solvent by Art Spectrum. It’s also known as Odourless White Mineral Spirit. It doesn’t come with a dauber on the top of the bottle like the Gamsol but you can pur it into a sponge or bottle cap and one very clever friend of mine emptied one of her Tim Holtz dauber bottles, washed it out and then used it for her Gamsol.
      Here’s a link to what I’m talking about (I just saw that you can buy it in 4 litre tins…. don’t think I need quite that much lol)
      Thanks so much for visiting and for your lovely comments,
      Have a great day,

      1. Although I have not tried this yet (I use Gamsol), I have seen baby oil and even vaseline used to blend coloured pencils…just a little on a Q-tip…pat with a clean napkin to absorb anything sitting on top of the cardstock. It seems (on tutorials) to work great! 🙂

  6. I liked the puffy look, but you’re right the patterns do look better. I’m not as patient as you and would probably have given up on the colouring and used the die with some patterned papers, and stuck them on top.

  7. I thought the puffy look looked….well, puffy, and I was okay with it until I saw the details you added and like that so much better. It is such a darling card, Therese. I love those silly animals.

  8. A wonderful card. I think you are bit harsh on yourself. He is a sad elephant. I agree with a couple above who said to use glossy accents (or I would have used pattern paper and glossy accents!). Actually started some chrissy cards yesterday and used glossy accents to make the baubles shiny & glossy. Need to wait til it stops raining to get some pics.

  9. Really cute card and perfect for a guy! I love how the alphas turned out, and your DIY enamel dots are fabulous! Thanks so much for the video…I always enjoy them!

  10. I thought it turned out good. I like what you did with the letters. The elephant cracks me up–he is too cute.

  11. I LOVE this card so much! The elephant cracks me up, but I lost it when you added the balloon! just perfect!!! I hate celebrating my birthday and this card is so perfect! Terrific video! I love the end result 🙂

  12. Hi Therese fantastic card, love every detail. That stamp set is brilliant, just wish the postage wasnt so high nearly as much as I wanted to spend so decided to not spend and just enjoy yours. So good.

  13. I meant to say I really lied how you did the drawing on the letters with the white gel pen, it works perfectly. I recently discovered it was wuite easy to remove that white too when doing a card and got carried away with white dots then hated it.

  14. I simply love your grumpy elephant card, Therese! I think it turned out to be fabulous. It is so nice to see a card with a humorous touch. I actually did like the “puffy” letter look that you started with and I think covering the letters with glossy accents would have accentuated the 3D look of them.

  15. Hi again Therese – I was just wondering where you got the “happy” die that you used on your card?

  16. Therese – your card turned out perfect…it got better with every change you made to the ‘happy’ word. Also, Simon Says Stamp carries a Taylored Expressions ‘happy’ word die that looks similar, yet smaller as well as a similar La-La-Land ‘happy’ word die, although it’s stitched. Perhaps this info will help the readers that are asking about the die. As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

    1. Hi Jo,
      I originally bought my cat and dog stamp sets direct from the company in the EU and they were very quick and postage was reasonable (and I really wanted them too… which can always justify a price lol). But then I found the Les Jungles at an online store Auzz Trinklets n Krafts, they are based in Brisbane, I think, and they are very reasonable and even have the option of free shipping on some of their products, something we don’t see much of here in Australia (no thanks to Aust Post there)! Anyhow, they do sell some Katzelkraft stamps but last I looked the Les Jungles was sold out, but you could email and ask when the next shipment will arrive? Hope this is helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to visit and for your lovely comment. I know you will love these as much as I do. Hugs Therese

  17. Very beautiful card Therese ! It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one to be indecisive when I make a card ! ;-)) Your first try was great but I definitely prefer the patterns on the letters. It makes the word happy even more happiest ! (much more than the elephant face ! ;-)). I really love this stamp set and all the cards you’ve already made with it ! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I LOVE this card!! Great design and beautifully colored. I also loved watching and listening to the decisions you made while making your card. Picked up a few tips while watching, too – thanks for that!

  19. What a fantastic design, such clever concept with the bright and juicy letters. I love this card so much I think that the stamp imagine is especially beautiful. Any gentleman would love to be sent this card. Men’s cards are not always that easy. Hugs xx

  20. I like your card and especially like the design on the die…makes it pop. I love the elephant!! This video is excellent because I could ‘see’ and hear your displeasure while I was thinking…..this is a great card.

  21. My bad, I commented before I watched your video because it was love at first sight but after watching you put your card together, I LOVED it even more. Yes, you rocked it at the end! Fabulous job with the gel pen!!!

  22. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video Therese. I spend so much time procrastinating about what to add or not add, so it was interesting to see that you sometimes have those moments too. I also thought I was the only one who couldn’t get gel pens to work – I have 3 and none of them give good results. I have been waiting for you to use the elephant and I think the card turned out fabulous, and so glad you liked it in the end.

  23. I love watching your “problem solves”…I learn…am inspired…and have a great ‘chuckle’ too! This grumpy elephant is hilarious…loved all the steps, but the final design is fantastic! 🙂

  24. Loved watching how your card evolved, Therese … the elephant was fabulous enough … and the puffy letters were brilliant already … but when you added all the gel pen detailing to the happy and I saw it all finished … oh my, happy sighing … it’s perfect! Hugs, Anita 🙂

  25. That deflated elephant is so hilarious on the word die cut! Maybe he’s irritated with the balloon attached to his tail? Watching the letters take shape was so much fun (not for you, I’m sure). Your white details were the perfect choice! I can’t think of anything else I would do, and I probably wouldn’t even think of that! The Nuvo dots are a wonderful touch. I LOVE this card!!

  26. I love what you ended up doing with the letters. The Y in particular gave me a flashback to school and creating my own patterned letters on the title pages of my assignments 🙂
    And ditto on the gel pens!

  27. Love watching your process. That elephant is hilarious and I’m glad you didn’t give up on the card because the end result rocks. And I’m like you – I’ve never had a white gel pen that works much less lasts.

  28. Therese. I love the way this card turned out and I especially love your perseverance! This made me want to buy this stamp set! It’s on my list.

  29. I need to watch the vid still but that elephants expression cracks me up!! He looks suitably perched on such a happy sentiment 🙂
    Jenny x

  30. And by the way, I thought your puffy letters looked awesome. I love your final version as well, but I thought you pulled it off perfectly the first time in my opinion 🙂

  31. Therese, I love ❤️ how your card turned out !! And I had no idea you could scratch the white gel pen off oh my gosh that’s a great tip I did not know that.. I adore your videos ,thanks for working so hard doing them’re such a huge inspiration to me!! Yours in Christ and ink Anne

    Sent from my iPhone


  32. Love your card. It is absolutely gorgeous! The puffy letters were awesome. I do like the patterned letters as well. They make the sentiment pop more but I love both options. The elephant is beyond words. Hoping to be able to get the stamp set shipped to Canada. Thank you for sharing. You are super talented!

  33. This video was so enjoyable. Your final decision was great. The end was beautiful. Please though, I must must must know what happened to the clear plastic page you stamped with the same stamp? I did not see you use it

    1. Hi Kim, This is a piece of acetate that I keep in my MISTI to help me position images / words etc. I just used it to protect my card front and to help me shift the cardstock to make sure that the image was in the correct position before I stamped it out. I hope this makes sense. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by today, Crafty hugs, Therese

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