Saturday, May 19, 2012

Make A Wish!

Masculine cards can be a bit of a challenge, but I've found that the key is to keep the design simple.  This card is for my oldest nephew who turns 20 today (yikes).

A Couple Details:
  • Kraft cardstock always makes a good base for masculine cards.  It just seems to neutralize and ground other colors.  I layered the blue surf paper, a strip of polka dot paper, then a banner cut from coordinating solid paper on top of the kraft base.
  • "Make a Wish" is stamped in brown, then the distressed polka dot border is stamped on top of all the layers in red pigment ink.
  • The card needed some embellishments, but what to use to keep it masculine?  Ah, Tim Holtz accents of course!  A strip of tissue tape and some salvage stickers add color and a "grown up" vintage touch.  In keeping with the Tim goodies, I used my tiny attacher to make sure the stickers stay put.  This area is my favorite part of this card.  And of course...notice that I used the ruler strip with "20" on it since it is Cal's twentieth birthday.

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges: #13 - For the Boys
Glitter Geeks: Week #20 - Polka Dots
Southern Girls Challenge: #44 - About the Boys
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Simon Says...Clean & Simple
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Anything Goes

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants ‘Beach Bum’
Stamps: My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Dally ‘Adventures’
Inks: Stampin’ Up! craft ‘Real Red’; StazOn ‘Timber Brown’
Embellishments: Tim Holtz salvage stickers ‘Lost & Found’; TH tissue tape ‘Symphony’
Tools:  TH Tiny Attacher


  1. Great card, perfect for your nephews birthday. I really like the colours you have used. Thanks for joining us at the Glitter Geeks this week, Carol x

  2. Brilliant card I love the layout and papers you have used - thanks for joining the glitter geeks challenge this week x

  3. Great card, the papers are lovely and I love the bottle cap. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  4. Love it, the colors design it all looks fab! Thanks for joining Glitter Geeks this week, Paula :))

  5. Very nice! Love the red dots accent. Thanks for joining Glitter Geeks and good luck x

  6. Great card! Love how you used the little staples.

  7. Wonderful card. Love the layers. Thanks for joining us at CCCC.


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