A Masculine Card – StencilGirl Guitars Small and Altenew Bold Alphabet et al
I hope your holiday season was a merry one! I spent the day baking and cooking, watching Christmas movies with my family, making mistakes, and taking naps. Quite exhausting. I didn’t do any stamping, and today I’m patiently waiting for some stuff I ordered from Simon Says Stamp, which doesn’t look like it will make it here today, what with all the snow we got over the past two days. Mail hasn’t come yet, so we shall see.
I thought I’d show you my husband’s birthday card. I bought this stencil just to make something for him. I like making masculine cards and haven’t made any in so long, so this was tons of fun. Lookie:
MOJUS! (GOJUS in a masculine way!) I started out making an ombre look with the Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks.
I then put the stencil over the top and used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade with the Ranger Blending tools through the stencil. But it didn’t make enough of a contrast, so I added Black Soon to add more of a punch. After that, I spattered the whole thing with Spiced Marmalde just to add some subtle color spots.
I already knew I wanted to use Altenew’s Bold Alphabet, so I double-cut the letters once with Ice Silver card stock and again from Simon Says Stamp Black card stock, using the black letters to create a drop shadow. Then I pieced together a greeting from two CZ Design/Simon Says Stamp sentiment sets, using Post-It note tape to block off the parts of the stamps I didn’t need. I used Happy Birthday Beyotch, blocking off Beyotch, from Simple Sentiments No. 1. I also used You Righteous Dude from Hello You, blocking out Righteous. I stamped in Versamark on black card stock and heat embossed in white. I added the comma with a gel pen.
After I had cut both of these out with MFT Stamps Slanted Sentiments dies, I positioned everything on the card front. I decided that the letters needed something to punch them up and tie them into the music theme (my husband is a blue’s musician so that’s where that comes from). I grabbed some Tim Holtz tissue tape and placed it right across the letters and smoothed it down with my bone folder. Then I took a PenBlade and carefully cut away the tape from the edges of the letters.
I added some retired Stampin’ Up! washi tape I had hanging around and a bit more of the tissue tape to create an accent.
And he loved it! This was a great birthday because my husband got THREE handmade cards, of which mine was only one. Both of my daughters made cards in their own way, Emily drawing a cute cartoon which I printed for her and mounted on a card, and Laurel designing a great illustration of my husband as a Jedi which I helped her put it together into a really cool card. I’m so proud!
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