Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Convention started yesterday. Thousands and thousands of energized stampers who all share the same passion for stamping and papercrafting have flocked to Salt Lake City, Utah for the experience of a lifetime. What an amazing experience! AND this is Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary, so everything has been taken up a notch. Since this is my first Convention, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I have to believe the others were exciting (but not like this one).
I was so honored to be asked to present in the greeting room last night. I covered a specific topic over and over and over while 5,500 people mingled and listened to other presenters. Each presenter was asked to focus on a particular topic. What was my topic? Well, I was asked to create a presentation that addresses “masculine cards.” I was also asked to create a display board that shows 15 projects in this theme. As you also know, masculine cards are not my expertise. Although I am a guy, I don’t make cards that are FOR guys. I do make cards with a “guy’s eye” (whatever that means), so it didn’t take too much work for me to sit back and decide what makes a project masculine. I will start with this: it has nothing to do with boats or cars or motorcycles or trees. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about masculine cards over the next couple of weeks as I share the projects from my “project board.”
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Color scheme. When making a masculine card, the color scheme is just as important (in my humble opinion) as the image on the card. I really love this combination of colors: Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Very Vanilla. It reads “Autumn” and “masculine” at the same time but also doesn’t stay clear of pops of color. I added a little Summer Starfruit to the blank after running over it a bit with a Blender Pen to really pull out the Soft Suede. I also added some depth to the Summer Startfruit piece by simply stamping images from Gorgeous Grunge in Summer Starfruit over top of it.
- Extending the wood plank. This stamp set (available in the Holiday Catalog) is truly gorgeous and reads “Autumn” through and through. The plank wasn’t long enough for the vision I had for it, so I stamped it twice, trimmed it a bit and pieced together two images. The banner through the center of the card allowed me to extend the board a bit. Yippee! I like when I get what I want.
- Faux suede. I created a faux suede band in the center of the card by cutting a piece of Soft Suede paper to the size I wanted and then rubbing the piece with my bone folder over and over and over, breaking the filaments inside the paper that hold the paper together. Once the paper is properly broken down, I pulled the pieces apart (paper is made from two pieces of super-thin paper). The inside of the paper has a roughness that looks like suede.
Stamp sets: Truly Grateful, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Gorgeous Grunge Inks: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo Papers: Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla Accessories: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collections Framelits, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’ll be sharing more of my projects over the weeks to come. I hope you’ll come back to see the rest.
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