Happy Saturday! Today I am sharing another project from my presentation at Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention. I was asked to give my thoughts and ideas about masculine cards. I believe masculine cards can be perfectly beautiful – with cool techniques and pops of color, with whimsical sentiments and great textures. Here’s one of the cards from my display board:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Background Technique. This card features one of the background techniques I shared during my convention presentation. The moment I saw Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, I knew I needed to have it. Why? I didn’t like it, so I had to get my hands on it, challenged to make a project I loved with it. The paper comes with clear embossed patterns. This is one of the ways I found to really make this paper pop – and I love this paper now, by the way! It’s an ancient art form known as globbing. With an aqua painter, glob white craft ink all over the paper. Paint it over and over, back and forth, completely covering the paper. It will not be pretty. Once you have globbed the ink all over the paper, wipe it off with a paper towel. Wipe as much or as little as you want, leaving a whitewashed pattern on the paper that’s not embossed.
- Sentiment. I really like this sentiment from Notable Notions. Although it’s a sewing-themed stamp set, and although this is technically a button, it’s perfect to grace the front of this card. It’s not a scene-stealer (allowing the background paper to really pop here), but it serves its purpose. I heat embossed the button on Whisper White cardstock with Early Espresso embossing powder and punched it out with a circle punch.
- Thoughtful layering. I love this sentiment, and I really love this background. I wanted to honor these things by giving them a very special card structure to rest in. With thin layers of Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Whisper White around all the elements of the card, the layering frames the card nicely. The ribbon is framed, the band is framed, the sentiment is framed, the card front is framed.
Stamp sets: Notable Notions Inks: White Craft Ink Papers: Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Whisper White Accessories: Early Espresso Heat Embossing Powder, Circle punches, 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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