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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Birthday Wishes for Dad

Hello! I'm here with another masculine card. This time it is for my dad's birthday.  I really am thrilled with the way it turned out but boy was it a pain in the behind to get it started. Once I got the mojo going it finally started to flow and fall in place.
 I used the sketch Mojo Monday #296:
Oh, I almost forgot I am also entering this in the  It's A Man's Man's Man's World Challenge from A Blog Named Hero. You are to make a masculine card for the man or boy in your life.
I had a really hard time getting the three circles to work with the horse image, which by the way is an old Hero Arts stamp that I have had around for a long time. Any way I almost gave up on the A2 card and try a  larger size but then I got the idea to turn the card. Dah! I just didn't use the two vertical strips in the sketch.
I scrounged through my box of scraps to see if I had any circles the right size and color. I found the green pattern paper circle then the scalloped frame which fit it perfectly.
For the horse I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black inkon white cardstock. I used Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress ink to color the horse image. After it was inked I spritzed it with water to blend the inks.
 In the scrap box I also found a dark green circle frame the same size as the scalloped frame and decided to use it as the second circle. For the third circle I stamped the word Dad onto kraft cardstock and inked the edges with Vintage Photo ink.  The background of the card is kraft cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder so that it looks like wood grain. I then Vintage Photo.
 I had planned on using the horseshoe on the small circle but it just didn't work so I traded the spot where I was going to put the word dad and it seemed to work that way. I made the horseshoe by stamping it on kraft cardstock with VersaMark Watermark ink then used silver embossing powder. I left a bit of the kraft paper showing when I cut the horse shoe out then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
 I have a couple quick tips I'd like to share with you all today. To start the holes for the brads I used on my card today I used a thumbtack. To keep the thumbtack handy and where I will always know where to find it I just store it  right with my brads. Can you find it in with the brads?
Tip # 2 is my scarp box where I keep all of my leftover shapes that I either made too many of or they just didn't work for the intended project. I keep each shape in a sandwich bag  So if I am looking for hexagons I just grab the bag with the hexagons. It is so much easier than going through the box with everything just all jumbled together.

Well, that is it for tonight. Hope your all having a wonderful weekend!


  1. Fantastic card Teresa! Thats a tough sketch with those circles but you did a great job of flipping it and getting all of the design elements in there! Your dad will love it I'm sure!

    I keep meaning to do the shapes in the bag storage thing. I have a drawer where I shove all the extra cuts I've made and its all jumbled, the shapes need to be organized for sure.

  2. Seriously Teresa...we are cut from the same cloth. Sad to say, but I got so excited seeing your organization ideas that I almost forgot how much I loved your card! Good organization keeps good energy flowing freely...and it is flowing free as a bird in your craft room resulting in really amazing creations!

    Your pops is going to love this card - the silver embossed horseshoe rocks! Love the water color effect that you achieved on the horse. Truly a work of art dear friend!

  3. Love your Western theme on this card - the horseshoe and the 'studs' are perfect additions! Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero!

  4. Love the different texture and varied elements of your card! Thanks for playing with us at ABNH!


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