Friday, June 10, 2011

Make it Masculine

June stamp camp theme:  "Make it Masculine"
Cards for men and boys

Men, boys, camping, s'mores.  They all go together.  (I'm happy to be camping, too--so I know there are other ladies out there that would love this, or any of these "man-worthy" cards.)  The Big Shot helped us make the cracker dots on the front, along with our paper trimmer and a scoring blade.  Don't forget the corner rounder for the marshmallow, and the scallop circle for the bites!
I love this idea for a "pocket" on the inside of the card--it's just a little flap.  The size of this card is just 1/2 a sheet of card stock (half a sheet measures 5 1/2" by 8 1/2"), and when it's folded and the inner flap is made, it's square: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".  Inside, it's just the right side of the card that loses 1-1/4" of its length (the size of the flap on the left side).

This card was one of my favorites, and I'll admit it's not my own design--I eagerly copied it from an un-known (or not-remembered) online source.  The panel on the left side was made with a soft Stampin'  Up! sponge dabbed in Old Olive ink and rubbed directly onto the card, which was masked off with two large Post-it notes.  The trees were spiced up with the Stampin' Write markers and the "thumping" technique (adding different tones of green to the branches). 
Faux buttons--so cool!  To make this button, I punched four 3/4" circles, and one ring of the same size (punch a 1/2" circle and then punch around that with a 3/4" circle) out of Old Olive card stock.  I glued all the layers together.  I punched the button holes through the center with my Crop-a-dile (awesome tool for punching holes through very thick things).  Lastly, I coated the button with Crystal Effects.  It takes about 30 minutes to dry.  You can also make small heart-shaped buttons, or flower-shaped buttons; any shape you wish to punch!

Here's the simple front of the card you see in the next two photos.  As a small detail, but worthwhile--we added a little color to the bodies of the mosquitoes with the Versamarker.

The FUN of this card was mainly on the inside : ).  Who can resist these cuddly campfire friends?

This stamp set has been on my wish list for a long time, and I finally felt it was the right time to buy it.  It's a good thing I finally caved because now it's on the retiring list!  I especially love the combination of the two themes here, "time" and "father"--a fitting thought for remembering dads on their special day.
I hope you enjoyed the masculinity of my presentation today : ).    Leave a note to let me know what your favorite card or technique was, okay?

Jenna asks:  What is the relationship between your dad (or brother/husband/son/grandpa, etc.) and creativity?