Labor Day just so happened to also be my Daddy's birthday! He wasn't too happy about it until I kindly reminded him that statistically, people who have the most birthdays live the longest!
Anyway...we haven't had a chance to all get together, but we plan to soon to celebrate. I made him this card (Mom...make sure he doesn't look, k?! Thanks!) and I am pretty happy with it. Masculine cards can be tricky sometimes, particularly if you break out of the simple, graphic look. Those are easier for me because, well, I happen to really like simple and graphic and you can use a masculine image and be done, but I wanted something that suited my Dad a bit better for this card, so this is what I came up with!
I started with a 5x10 strip of kraft cardstock. I scored and folded that in half to create the base for my card. I usually make my own bases, just because I can use any papers I want that way.
I then stamped the background image (harlequin) with VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I love how bold it is, while still being subtle enough to serve as a background. I added a quick sheet pulled from a booklet of Making Memories journaling sheets for the die cut shape in the background.
I created an embellishment cluster with the first word of my sentiment incorporated into the cluster. I used a Jenni Bowlin label sticker, a few Prima flowers, some My Mind's Eye gem stones, and a chipboard accent from Scenic Route.
For the remainder of the sentiment I mixed alphabet stamps (CTMH) and rub-on letters from My Mind's Eye to create a unique look. I also stamped some flourishes (Autumn Leaves) on the sides. For the flourishes, I chose to do second generation stamping so that the color would be the same as the sentiment, just in a different tone. I love the way it came out!
As a finishing touch I added some wooden beads around the sentiment to accent it and bring it all together.
So, what do you think?
I also did a crazy thing the other day! I FINALLY purchased my first ever pair of knitting needles! So....that pretty much means I need to learn to knit now. I'm scared! LOL! I tried crochet once and failed miserably, so I'm hoping I'm more suited for knitting. If you happen to know of a great website for beginners, I'd love some suggestions! I totally plan to be making cable knit sweaters in like a month! HA! KIDDING!!!!! KIDDING!!!! KIDDING!!! But, for reals...if you have tutorials or whatever, that would totally rock! I know at least some of you will because your wicked cool like that.
Well, gotta run! Tomorrow...assuming I get the pictures uploaded ('cause I totally keep forgetting) I will be discussing my Mother's 5 o'clock shadow! (What?! Doesn't your Mother have one?) hee-hee.....she's going to KILL me for that one! But really...come back to see what I'm talking about...it will be fun. I promise!