Today's cards were created for the Embellish-Online.com Design Team Gallery, which opens today. Got your weapon of choice (its coffee for me!)? Settle in for a long post with lots of eye candy.
This month's theme is Fall & Fellas. I have to admit: I HATE making man-cards! I am just no good at it. I like adding girly accents, shiny ribbons, and PEENK. Another reason I hated making masculine cards - I didn't cared for the masculine patterned paper/embellishment lines until recently. Manufacturers like BasicGrey, Fancy Pants, Making Memories and Cosmo Cricket seem to have gotten the message and have modernized their masculine lines and given us a lot more options. Lately the masculine trends have been very fun and inspiring, which makes it so much easier to do a man card.
The first card I wanted to share with you is my favorite of the batch. I love the wavy patterns of this Pod paper from the BasicGrey Archaic line. I cut the waves into strips and placed them on a sheet of Primal with very thick 3D Pop Dots.
Using Stampin' Up! circle punches, I cut out various Archaic papers and Stampin' Up! In Colors Tangerine Tango and Baja Breeze.
- Design Tips:
- Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango work beautifully together, and with the BasicGrey Archaic Line.
- Create your own patterned paper details by adding Crystal Effects, Glitter, or Flocking to patterned paper. Here, Crystal Effects was added over circles existing in the paper, and on punched circles.
Next is a kooky scene created with A Muse stamps Moose, Tiny Bird and Three Trees. I wanted to take the sentiment of Happy Fall literally, and created a bird falling. I drew in the dots that symbolize the falling pattern - Allan didn't get it at all and asked me why the bird was upside down.
Details: The coloring was done with Copic Markers. Crystal Effects were added to the antlers. The little birdy is on pop dots. The brown matting (Archaic paper) was created with the new Cuttlebug Forest Branches Embossing Folder.
The sentiment was created with my Around the Block Tape Writer Kit (like a Dymo label maker). If you dig these, there are four left in the store on deep discount. The refill tapes are on sale too. Check out the bottom of this post for a code to save even more.
Since I was so silly with my Happy Fall card, I went for a more traditional card next using a Lockhart Adirondack Chair and sentiment. To me an Adirondack chair always means the last days of summer or early fall. I love laying back in them and just relaxing, taking in nature's beauty.
I also wanted to show that Archaic patterns are not just funky - here Pods paper mimics the sea in form, and early fall in colors. Bygone Plaid is behind the main image, and also glued to a clear button at the bottom right of the card.
The images were colored with Copic Markers - I used a lot of 0 Colorless Blender Pen to get a bleached out wood look on the chair.
The sky is created with a sponge and chalk ink.
Linen twine, twill, and Fruit Punch Stickles on the flowers act are additional accents.
My final card was created with three patterns from the Fancy Pants Papa Collection and one of my fave A Muse images, Rock Star.
First I cut out stars from the Brave patterned paper and sponged the edges with a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. Next I cut out a strip of card from the Cards paper (the small diamond pattern) and fit it on the Leader large star paper.
The A Muse sentiment was stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk Ink - a great and unusual color. The image was colored with Copics then mounted onto a Marvy Scallop punch square of cardstock with pop dots.
I think this is an easy, fun masculine card that a teenager or teen at heart would love to receive.
Goings On at Embellish-Online:
Sales and New Discount Code - Right now at Embellish-Online.com you can save $5 on on 12x12 BasicGrey paper packs. There is also a new discount code ~ GLITTER will save you 20% off your whole order (put the word in the voucher box on the order form)- I am not sure if this applies to the $5 off papers, I have to check on that, but it is good for your entire order including the other sale items. Click *here* to get to the store.
Guest Designer Kim Frantz - be sure to see the wonderful work Kim has done for us this month. She won our first Friday Free For All Challenge. Her gallery is a must see - that is one talented woman. Wait until you see the CAR CARD she created! No wonder she was named Memory Makers Master for 2009. Shock and awe, people. Shock and awe! Stay tuned for her Halloween cards next month - we just had to have her for two months.
New Basic Grey - Ambrosia, Eva and Offbeat patterned papers are in the store right now; the matching chipboard stickers and albums etc will be arriving later this month.
Cuttlebug Folders are still on sale.
Friday Free For All Challenge ~ This week Norma is blinging us out with a Shimmer & Glimmer challenge. Be sure to join in the fun. We are choosing our future Guest Designers from challenge uploads - you never know when you could be chosen!
Whew! My fingers hurt. Thank you for stopping by :)