"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Friday, May 16, 2008

Masculine cards

It's a beautiful day here in Texas, with a nice breeze, slightly overcast and not too humid. Tomorrow we expect it to get back to the normal hot and humid - ick!

I've been making some cards suitable for men. It's so easy to make floral and/or frilly cards, but difficult to come up with something more masculine. This first one uses masking tape for the background, swiped with brown ink. It almost looks leathery.
For this card I crumpled a brown paper bag and embossed the ridges with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is stamped on a gold-embossed paper fastener with the extra pieces cut off. Last night when I embossed this it was a shiny gold, but overnight it seems to have "aged" and I like the more rustic look better. The background for the butterfly was painted with Twinkling H20s.
The background for this card is stamped with a harlequin stamp in blue. The same stamp is stamped in Versamark on the blue cardstock for the background for the tags. The polka dots were stamped in white with a new pencil eraser. Love that trick for nice dots.
This card was cased from a post on 2Peas. It uses black cardstock swiped with green Crackle Paint from Tim Holtz. The leaves are then embossed with white and copper after the paint dries.

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