Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gentlemen, Let's Offer Our Congratulations...

That's what I think Tim's stately gents are saying on this card.  J

We're letting you choose your own theme this week at Card A Day Blog, so as today's featured designer, I'm sharing a card created for my nephew's high school graduation in June.  It needed to be masculine, yet celebratory, so I turned to a bold yellow, black and grey color scheme and a Tim Holtz stamp.  His school colors are gold and brown, so I thought this was a nice nod in that direction as well.

Some Details:
  • The bright yellow base was toned down just a touch with my new favorite technique of swiping white acrylic paint along the edges.
  • I love the combination of the modern graphic polka dot paper with the vintage gentlemen stamped in black on soft grey stock.  To give the grey a little pop and dimension, I dragged a black ink pad along the edges.  This gave it just the thinnest black edge.
  • The bold banner diecut adds to add to that celebratory feel.  This was a straight border diecut that I gently curved and glued into place.  Some black and white baker's twine finishes  off the banner / bunting look.

Although I find I only make them when necessary, I really enjoy the challenge of creating masculine cards.  It's a great re-set to the creative juices!


Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Yo-Yo Yellow', ‘Sahara Sand’, ‘Confetti White’
Patterned Paper:  Authentique ‘Blissful’ 6x6
Stamps: Tim Holtz ‘Curious Possibility’; SU! ‘Warmest Regards’
Inks: Archival ‘Jet Black’; Adirondack paint dabber ‘Snow Cap’
Embellishments: Bazzill Just the Edge cardstock strip ‘Beetle Black’; Darice baker’s twine ‘Black / White’
Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig; Memory Maker’s ribbon glue; decorative edge scissors


  1. OMGosh this is a wonderful card! He's gonna really enjoy getting that one. Great color combination too

  2. This is one very striking card, thank you so much sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  3. What a neat card! I really like the design of this! Very cool! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  4. Ooooh I love this card, so stylish...great design. Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week - Andria, EE - DT.

  5. This is really class!! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  6. Fab creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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