Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Hubby

This past Friday was my husband's birthday. He turned 35 so I wanted to make sure it was a great card. I also wanted to have gifts on the card because I didn't actually buy him anything. Why do you ask? Because he's a techie guy and likes computer things that I don't understand. He's setting up some computer system for our new house, needed some stuff and I told him to buy it himself :p So atleast I gave him a present on his card.

For my inspiration, I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch. It's so simple, yet so great. I don't often leave my card base so exposed and emboss it, but sometimes it gives just the right look! Even though the Patio Party DSP coordinates with the Make a Cake stamp set, I thought it worked really well with the gifts from Patterned Party.

Tips & Tricks:

*I don't use the Houndstooth Embossing Folder too often. But it's great for masculine cards. Like with the Square Lattice, I use Tab 2 on my multipurpose platform with it. Otherwise I find it cuts through my card stock.
*I stamped the gifts image in Midnight Muse and then I restamped in Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse. I cut out the individual gifts and mounted them on Stampin' Dimensionals. Love how it make them pop up.
*To add a bit of cost-effective sparkle to my gifts without the mess of glitter, I added a Rhinestone to each of my gifts.
*I free-handed the notches on my 'Happy Birthday' banner. Then I used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to score two lines on each side of the banner. I folded the banner to make it pop up. I got this idea from the wonderful Tara Murphy from Can't Stamp the Rain. Thanks Tara!

My hubby liked this card and he told me he really likes the new Summer Starfruit color. SU! has given us some great new colors for masculine cards :) 'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring our your creativity!


Linda Callahan said...

That's a great background paper for those gifts! Perfect for a birthday!

Jen Timko said...

Such a nice use of the new colors! One of my favorite stamps with the presents! Glad you joined us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen said...

Great birthday card. Those colors seem tailor-made for a more masculine card. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Ann Schach said...

What a great masculine card! I LOVE these colors together! Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Sannes said...

I love using the Houndstooth folder for guy cards, too, and you really did a fantastic job with this one. I'm sure your hubby loved it. :)

Monica Hornof said...

Thanks ladies! Hubby loved it too :)