…that your birthday will be a day of celebration!
I used several challenges for my inspiration in the making of this card for my brothers upcoming birthday, his birthday is on Halloween and I wanted to get away from giving him a card that had a Halloween theme.
For me making masculine themed cards is more of a challenge anyway so I used these challenges to get started. I love the masculine feel to these colors. I have a few male theme digi stamps but I didn’t want anything cutsey, one of my favorite Mo Manning stamps is this Fishing image and it colors up beautifully. I chose to use really soft, muted shades of color to offset the deep, rich papers I used.
I haven’t used heat embossing of a sentiment in a very long time but when I saw Prairie Fairy Fridays challenge, I thought this would be a great time to dig out those long forgotten powders. To highlight the stamped sentiment I chose this sketch layout from Hannah and Friends.
I used some beautiful pearlescent papers but unfortunately, they photograph terribly – if I use a flash the papers look super sparkly and without the flash they look dull. I wish you could see this card in person to appreciate the great look these papers give.
For embellishments I added a ribbon, rhinestones and a few metal stars. The stars were originally silver but I had already stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold – so I colored the stars with copic to give them a gold appearance. I struggled with what type of embellishment to add instead of the stars. I had buttons, flowers, buttons and flowers with leaves but for some reason they all looked too girly. I’m not overly excited about the stars but they are the best I can do with what I have. I’m going to study other designers to see just how they embellish their male-themed cards as this is definitely an area I need to work on.
The border was made using Spellbinder new edgeabilites. I used a border die along with one of the inserts, I really appreciate that they not only cut but also emboss.
I struggled with card for longer than I should have – is it my best work, no – is it my worst, no!. I debated on whether or not to even post it but I guess I wanted everyone to know they aren’t the only ones that struggle at times making a great card.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop back again soon! Dee
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