Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC87 – One Good Thing on Top of Another

WWC87 – Kath’s Masculine Themed

Anything Goes Challenge


Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Kath has given us a fun challenge.  Make a guy thing (card, box or whatever)…anyway you want.   This was a challenge that once again is perfect for yours truly who lives surrounded by trees and deer (the traditional guy themes) and two male cats in a mountain valley in the Pacific Northwest and you can’t get more guy themed than that right?   Well of course cars or trucks might also be needed (we have those too) but hey…maybe he’s a guy who bikes to work like my doctor and his assistant instead of driving?  And of course guys read books, listen to music and all kinds of other “normal” things so really…almost any type thing might provide inspiration for a guy themed project.

Here was my take based on the local inspiration of my many pine trees and the idea of a plaid deer.  Why plaid you ask?  Heaven only knows…but it’s what came to mind (hush Patti on comments about my mind.  :D).


One on Top of Another

(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC87 - Kaths maculine anything goes challenge- Jean Fitch-Santa's Sleigh stamps and dies

This is what I call a 3D-ish project.  It’s not a box, it’s not a bag or other treat type holder but it does pop off the card just a bit.  It’s also one that started out with one design feature in mind…a plaid deer and possibly a plain one to share the page. The rest just evolved as I went.  After I stamped and die cut the plaid deer I also did one in Crumb Cake.  To preserve and not waste paper I stamped and cut right in the corner.  I put aside the Crumb Cake leftovers and it lit on top of a white piece of paper.  Aha!   The deer had stepped right off the paper…or so it seemed.  So I had an evolution of the deer theme going.  From plain white (the best kind to hide in a snow storm) to crumb cake with features stamped to the fancy dan plaid deer who perhaps sees that as his version of camouflage?  Of course the copper wreath was a given as I’m so addicted to copper these days and as metals go…that seemed a more masculine type of metal.  Besides…that plaid deer has a bit of attitude going so why not a laurel wreath of sorts like the Romans did for the star of the parade.

I have to admit…the card was finished before I reread the saying and realized it could also apply to my Brother in Law who is a bow hunter and always gets his limit of deer or elk to feed his family, as well as the holiday season I intended it for.  I wonder if SU thought about that possibility.  Of course…I’m not sure they thought of layered deer or even plaid deer.  And I had stamped the sentiment before I realized that the deer themselves were on top of one another.   So sometimes humorous congruence happens when you least expect it.

So it appears my card might work for many different types of men.  Those who wear plaid, those who hang out in slightly dissimilar groups, those with attitude and those who hunt.   Or for the male deer with attitude who may decide to hunt the men!

For me…I’m picturing those proud deer stepping out in the moonlight under the pines as the snow begins to fall.  It’s truly beautiful when you see it in person…with or without the plaid.


Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, snow dots are from one of the various sets on my table…I’m not sure which one.

Inks: Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black, Black StazOn

Paper: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Whisper White Cardstock (thick and thin) ; Warmth and Cheer 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack, Copper Foil Paper

Punches: None

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, Pine Bough Embossing Folder, Paper Snips,  Q-tips,  Dimensionals, SNAIL



Cardbase:  Thick Whisper White – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  Score at 4-1/4″

Stamp with Memento Black Ink  the deer image from Santa’s Sleigh on the plaid sheet from Warmth & Cheer DSP and die cut.

Wreath:  Using Black StazOn ink stamp the wreath image from Santa’s Sleigh on a scrap of Copper Foil.  Die cut and carefully slip over the plaid deer’s head.

Crumb Cake Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″  Stamp with Memento Black Ink and die cut the deer in the bottom left hand corner.  Then emboss the Crumb Cake layer piece in the Pine Bough embossing folder.

Stamp the falling snow in Whisper White Craft Ink with whatever snow or dot image you have.  If you want the snow to stand out a bit more cover the ink with white embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.

Using a Q-Tip gently rub Garden Green ink across the raised/embossed pine boughs.  This may take repeated layering of the ink to get the depth of color you prefer.  Adhere the Crumb Cake layer to the Whisper White Cardbase making sure to add adhesive all along the edges including around the die cut deer area.  Layer the Crumb Cake deer using glue dots onto the layer piece in the right hand corner.   Using dimensionals adhere the plaid deer with his wreath over top of the two other deer.

Sentiment flag:   Stamp the sentiment from Santa’s Sleigh on a scrap of Whisper White and flag/banner cut the ends.  My scrap was 1/2″ x 2-3/4″.   Cut a Garden Green piece 3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  Notch the far end top and bottom as evenly as you can using paper snips.  If you are truly a perfectionist you can make a measured dot for the top of the triangle cut and measure the sides as well.  As you can see…I just winged it.  Isn’t that what most guys would do?   Wrap copper metallic thread as many times as seems good to you.  I started with a glue dot on the back to hold the starting end and then ended by pressing the final end into that same glue dot.   Add a notch in the left end of the mat.  Adhere your Whisper White sentiment piece and banner cut the Garden Green ends.  I decided to blunt cut my ends a bit to match the more blunt left side end.   Attach the matted piece with two dimensionals.   Stand back and admire your creation, decorate the interior  and then send to a guy who likes plaid…or at least will grin at the idea!


Tip: I used a Q-tip to give myself more control when applying the color to the raised portions of pine boughs.  I found when I used a sponge or sponge dauber that I ended up with halos of green around the boughs.  Not what I was going for if I could avoid it.   AND…I used a pair of paper snips to make my notches to wrap my copper thread around for another pop of metallic shine.


That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Kath’s masculine theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own creations this week to the linky.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll also join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink


















3 Responses

  1. Jean what a fun 3-dish card you’ve created with those deer. It’s quaint and charming and kind of homespun looking and I love that! Great choices and happy coincidences really worked to bring this card together. I think I’ll be adding this to my CASE list. Thanks for sharing!

    PS: I always love your commentary………you simply crack me up and brighten my day. Thanks from the heart, Jean.

  2. Oops, I guess that should have read 3 D-ish………….

  3. Jean I love this card! Such a different look for what I thought of as a “one trick pony” type of stamp set/bundle. The plaid is a brilliant idea.

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