Today I’m happy to share a project from my masculine-themed presentation at Convention. Since this project also fits the bill of this week’s challenge from the Paper Players (Fall-themed, Anything But a Card), I am submitting this project to their great challenge, as well.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Making a kraft box. Do you want step-by-step instructions on how I made the box that is the base of this project? It’s really very simple! Here goes: place a Stampin’ Up! order and include item #124106 (page 160 of the Annual Catalog). You will receive four boxes (3-1/2″x3-1/2″x2-1/2″) kraft boxes for only $2.95. How easy (and inexpensive) is that? And they are perfect for a small, Fall gift or snack. Who doesn’t love a gift (or a snack, for that matter)?
- Still Masculine. I used two items on this project that wouldn’t normally qualify as “masculine,” and I will stand by my decision (if you are sitting on the edge of your chair, ready to argue with me). 🙂 Not only did I use the stamp set Notable Notions (a sewing-themed stamp set) to create this cool tag, but I contend that this sentiment is just as fine for a man as it is for a woman. It’s OK to tell a man that he makes people happy – if it’s true. I also made a flower bow – a flower bow (just repeating for emphasis) – with a couple of punches. To further make the flower suitable for a masculine project, I created a faux suede look on the flowers, giving them a nice look and texture. If you would like to see my description of this technique, click here.
- Texture. The various textures of this project further masculinize the gift. The Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper is smooth to the touch, but it really gives the look of cloth. The burlap ribbon adds a rough texture, while the chevron ribbon is smooth and clean. The flower shows up with an aged fragility. Together, these all add visual interest to the project. And your finger will want to explore all of these textures in person.
Stamps sets: Notable Notions, Petite Pairs Papers: Sweater Weather, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla Inks: Chocolate Chip Accessories: Kraft Gift Boxes, Chalk Talk Framelits, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Designer Buttons (Regals), Blossom punch, Pansy punch, Linen Thread, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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Reminder. As you are placing your orders from the new Holiday Catalog, please remember that there are still some great carryover items (from last year’s Holiday Catalog). Included in the bunch are a wonderful Christmas sets with coordinating framelits, the most beautiful Hanukkah stamp set I’ve ever seen, some punches and two really great sentiment sets. More Merry Message just might be the best Christmas sentiment set out there. If you would like to check out the flyer, please click here.