Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Clarity Challenge March 2017 'It's a Man's World.'

Clarity Challenge
March 2017
‘It’ a Man’s World!’

Another month, another Clarity Challenge and another chance to compete for a £50 Clarity voucher!
Between working on a magazine commission and doing my level best to create a rather large number of cards for friends and family for this very birthday heavy month, my brain was rather frazzled thinking of ideas to best illustrate March's theme which is 'It's a Man's World!'  Phew!!! Made it!
Thank you for looking in . . . and
 . . . . I hope you like my offerings. 

Example 1

Stamps:- Clarity Canal set – horse and heron; Animal Totem set; Christmas Jumper
Inkpads:- Archival Black
Cardstock:- White; Kraft card; Silver Mirri
Miscellaneous:- Faber Castell Polychromos; Micron Pen; Garden Twine; Mini Wire Coat Hangers


1.       Score, fold and join Kraft card to create seven ‘pages.’ Cut seven pieces of mirri card slightly smaller than each pages and attach.
2.       Cut seven pieces of Kraft card (I used scraps from the main construction) slightly smaller than the mirri. Punch two holes evenly at each top corner; thread through twine and secure using red liner tape. Attach to each mirri mat using foam tape.
3.       Stamp jumper seven times using Archival Black; select focal stamp then stamp and mask on body and sleeve.
4.       Colour waistband and neck rib with various shades of brown pencils. Add stitch lines with extra fine black Micron pen 005.
5.       Cut out each jumper. Attach each coat hanger to reverse using foam tape and attach one to each page of card.

 . . . . . And here we have ‘One for Every Day of the Week.’

Example 2

Stamps:- Clarity Summer Shades; NDC 91 - Pocket
Cardstock:- White; Pale turquoise mirri
Papers:- Clarity Candy Shop, New England Fall, Northern Lights
Inkpads:- Archival Black
Miscellaneous:- Acetate; Gold Metallic Sharpie; Buttons – 2 large faux bone, 4 small faux bone; Micron Pen, Black Sharpie; black and white sewing thread.


1.       Cut white cardstock to A5. Edge with black Sharpie.
2.       Mount onto turquoise mirri and trim.
3.       Cut a rectangle of blue circle paper from Candy Shop and trim to leave a small white border of white. Attach to white. From the offcuts, cut a strip for the front buttonhole facing. Add some faux stitching with black Micron pen 005. Attach to shirt front. Cut a triangle from the offcuts, add faux stitching as before and attach to top of shirt to suggest a collar.
4.       Cut zig-zag paper from New England to fit over shirt. Before attaching over shirt, fold back a triangle to create a lapel. Attach over shirt front.
5.       Using Archival black, stamp the pocket onto a zigzag offcut and cut out. (I stamped the pocket a second time, cut out the top area and added it as a contrast.)
6.       Add white thread to three of the small buttons and glue into place; add black thread to two large and one small and attach to jacket front and pocket.
7.       Stamp glasses onto card and cut out including lens area. Using extra fine red liner tape on reverse, attach glasses to acetate. Trim.
8.       Place inside pocket, attach with red liner tape and trim so that at least one lens is showing.
9.       Attach pocket to jacket using foam tape.
10.   Construct a bow tie (I used off-cuts from Northern Lights pad), trim and add to top of shirt.

. . . . . . And there we have Example 2 – ‘For the Well-dressed Gentleman!’

Example 3
·         Parchment:- A4 White, A4 Blue, A5 white
·         Groovi Plates:- Ocean Swirl Border, Diagonal Piercing Grid, Starter Kit Background 
·         Stamps:- Clarity Harbour set – boat
·         Miscellaneous:- Faber Castell Polychromos; white card blank.
1.       On scrap card, stamp image of boat. Trace onto A5 sheet of parchment with white pencil.
2.       Using plate, emboss a wave pattern around boat image. Emboss detail on waves using Diagonal plate.
3.       Add background using starter plate.
4.       Colour the reverse of parchment to suit.
5.       Create a white ‘foamy’ frame using the same border plate on white parchment. Pierce and cut to create a picot edge around.
6.       Create blue waves by embossing the same plate onto blue parchment and follow instructions at 5).
7.       To attach the layers to a white card blank, sew each corner using the embossed lines to camouflage the stitches.

. . . . . And here we have 'Ahoy There!'

Et voila! These are my examples for the month of March 2017 Clarity Challenge - 'It's a Man's World!'

Happy crafting and best wishes!

Shelagh  ;~}


  1. Fab cards Shelagh - I didn't realize that the little jumpers were on the coat hangers.
    Great step-by-step instructions :-)
    Have a great day x

    1. Thanks, Carole - it was quite difficult to photograph the jumper card due to its length. ;~}