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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cards for Dudes

I (heart) this card so much. It was fast, it was easy and it was WAY FUNKY! Punchy cards are all the rage. I am constantly amazed by what my sistahs who stamp keep making with simple punched shapes!

Check out this card that we made in the Manly Men Class (I'm saving it for my hunny). He always fixes things around the house, big or small and it never ceases to amaze me how talented he is. I (heart) him too :)

All Supplies are Stampin Up! (of course)

Stamp set: retired <---- sniff...this is WHY it's important to get your wish list items before they retire! See the scoop on the current retiring lists by going to my AB FAB website HERE

Cardstock: brushed silver, Real Red, Kraft

Accessories: Large Grommet, silver brads

Inks: versamark, black Staz-On, circle punches, paper snips
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Stamping Technique Faux Wood

Awhile back I did a fun and funky Manly Men card class. All projects had a masculine touch and were geared towards the men and boys in our lives. It can be difficult to create these types of cards (or find projects to CASE). CASE= copy and share everything. Yep...we stampers and scrappers have a secret language...

The first card I want to share is the faux wood technique. We used this technique and paired it with the Stampin' Up! retired Stamp set Ahoy Matey! , which is in my stash of adorable things that I am hoarding. My customers are lucky I'm such a hoarder...they can still play with old sets from time to time. NOW, I also envision using this technique with my 'western' sets....Wanted with the cowboy would look REALLY good.

Have a look at the photos and then tell me what set you think would go well with this technique!

Here's a close-up of the looks strikingly similar to my piano wood! Isn't it brilliant? I also particularly enjoy my distressed and inked edges and that itty bitty library clip by the parrot.

Here is the card straight on. I CASED the project from Dawn Griffith, stamping guru. Her website is here Dawn's Stamping Thoughts

In a nutshell, you start out with a piece of Stampin' Up!s More Mustard Cardstock. Swipe a More Mustard Classic inkpad in continuous, long, straight lines across the cardstock. Repeat with Close to Cocoa Classic ink. Repeat again with Chocolate Chip Classic ink (swipe swipe swipe). THEN....swipe with Whisper White CRAFT ink. NOT too heavy now....just enough to add some highlight/contrast to the magical wood colours you've just created. Then I drew in the planks with a ruler and black Stampin' Write Journaller. Do dots of ink for the nails and nail holes, I happened to have an old silver ink pen so i used those to make my nails. Pretty neato huh?

If you do try something with this technique I'd love for you to link back to me or send me a message so I can come and see yours!

So, for those who know me personally and KNOW that I'm a girly girl and a ribbon-a-holic. NONE of my manly projects had ribbon. Now, let me point out that yes..this one has cotton twill tape, but it's TAPE my friends, Stampin' UP! says so!!! Besides it lends to the 'nautical' theme of the card.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! I hope you like the technique!

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