Well, Folks, this is it. If you have anything left to accomplish in 2017 you better hurry. Only a few hours left. If I didn’t get it done in 2017, it will wait until 2018, and MAYBE I will be able to get it done then. If not, probably the world won’t come to an end as a result.
For today’s card I chose to do a masculine birthday. Perhaps that is because I have 8 family birthdays in January and only 3 of them are female! On with the show!
The new Occasions catalog has many very nice stamp sets. One of them is Truly Tailored (page 45) which comes bundled with a cool punch (Tailored Tag) for a 10% savings. This will be available to you on January 3, as will the rest of the goodies in the catalog.
There is also the accompanying True Gentleman Designer Series Paper which I really like! There isn’t enough GUY stuff out there in my opinion.
I began by cutting my card base from Early Espresso as well as a Crumb cake panel for my card front. This panel went through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then cut a strip of the True Gentleman DSP, which is Liquid Glued to the embossed panel.
I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this three times, taping it on the back. Taking a shorter strand and doubling it, I tied a knot around the three strands.
Next up is stamping the sentiment. Nothing in the Truly Tailored set was what I wanted for this recipient, so I turned to the Party Pandas (Sale-A-Bration page 15, free with $50 order) for the Happy Birthday sentiment. This was stamped in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch.
Usually I have all my supplies, tools and embellishments within arms reach in my craft room, which is what I am calling my former photography studio. Since I am no longer shooting there, I decided all my various crafts would have a new home, all in one place. So, I have a place to store things and work as well. HOWEVER! With the forecast for bitterly cold temperatures for a week, coupled with my penchant for working on cards at night, I decided to bring A FEW supplies to the house so I don’t have to make the trek to the studio, I mean craft room, in the cold, in the dark.
Fine idea, except then you don’t have the tools you want when you want them. I brought in NO markers, only the new Blends. For this project I wanted to make stitch marks around the sentiment. No markers. Okay, use Blends. Did that. Hmmm, not good. Not a thin enough brush or nib.
Well, it is ruined anyway, so I might as well see if it can be salvaged. If not, I will start over. Using a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy ink, I sponged around the edge of said Tailored Tag, and what do you know, I like it!
With my limited dies and stamps as well as other supplies, I had to search to find a die to cut some leaves. The Oh, So Eclectic Bundle had one, so I die cut a couple of leaves in Early Espresso and one from the Tailored Gentleman DSP. These I arranged to be under the sentiment tag and used Liquid Glue to adhere them.
The Sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, which were also used to adhere this front panel to the the card base. Had I had all my paper choices and embellishments in the house, I might have done this differently, but I am finding I have to dig deeper in my creativity when I have limits as to what I can use.
On the inside, another panel of the Tailored Gentleman DSP is the mat for my sentiment panel in Crumb Cake. Using the leaf stamp from the new Petal Palette Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 23, available January 3), I did a stamped-off-once Early Espresso leaf as a background for my Night of Navy sentiment. This sentiment is from the Truly Tailored Bundle.
Liquid Glue adheres this sentiment panel to its mat and into the card base. Card done.
The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks TIEF, while the front got some nice Night of Navy dots. This was done with another stamp from the Petal Palette Bundle to sort of replicate the dots in the DSP that I used on the card.
This is a nice, simple, clean card for a guy. I hope you like. Please leave comments below.
If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you in your paper-crafting endeavors. To order from me, click on the Shop Online picture at right.
Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Crumb Cake: embossed panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″; True Gentleman Designer Series Paper: front 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″