Masculine Dragonflies

I’m not sure about you, but when I think of dragonflies, I think bugs.. which are very masculine.  I mean do you truly not picture some barefoot little boy in overalls and a stripped shirt stunning through the tall grass at the edge of a pond on a summer day chasing darting creatures when someone mentions “dragonfly.”  Really… dragons and flies!  What is girly about that?

Yet, the great bulk of the cards that I have seen thus far are very, very feminine.  Now, don’t get med wrong… they are very beautiful.  I think this stamp set and coordinating thinlits are very versatile.  Don’t you agree?

So, when I needed a card to wish a young man from another country a good life, I turned to the dragonfly.  Of course, I did try my best to google if dragonfly is an appropriate symbol in his country and did not see anything to the contrary.

The card below made it’s first public appearance a few days ago… but I was asked for more detail about it… so here it is.

I used three different stamp sets for this card:  Dragonfly Dreams, Swan Lake (for the sentiment) and Butterfly Basics.

I used Basic Gray and Dapper Denim paper with a scrap of White.  I also cut the dragonflies out of Silver Foil.

I layered a solid gray dragonfly behind the fancy filigree one.   To add even more interest, I applied Wink of Stella to the gray before I attached the silver piece over it.  Here’s a close up!


For the brick background, I stamped in black using some straight inking and some stampin’ off … then I ran it through the Big Shot.

For the small silver dragonfly on the inside, I used the scrap from the larger silver dragonfly and just positioned one whole baby dragonfly on the paper.

Here is the list of items I used…

Product List

You may have noticed that the punch in the list is not the punch that I used.  Since this was just for personal purposes, I did use a retired punch.  I think the classic label punch is a great alternative if you do not have the one that I used.

So, if you ever see a card on my blog and want more details about it, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I am more than happy to share my secrets!

Until next time, keep it simple, Stampers!!!

🙂 Joanne

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