My Dad's birthday is coming up and I need a nice masculine card - but that was only part of what inspired this one. I've undertaken a bit of a project that I hope will both inspire me and serve to make card creation go quicker and easier. I guess it worked for this card at least!
What I've been doing is this. I have taken several sheets of plain colored papers (some with a bit of shimmer to them) and cut and embossed them in a variety of ways. So often in making a card, I need a bit of a plain color to set the pattern off nicely. This allows me to have a bunch of options made ahead so I can just look through them quickly and grab what I need.
In this case, I had embossed a bunch of things using pieces of cream colored paper and was starting to do the same with a dark brown. This time, rather than just using one embossing folder per piece of paper, I experimented with a couple of little embossing folders to see if I could use them both on the same piece. As you can see, it worked! The swirl was one little folder and the Happy Birthday was another. (Tip: to help ensure you don't get unwanted lines from around the outside of the little folders, cut a piece of cardstock that is smaller than the folder and make your embossing sandwich with the cardstock as a shim right underneath the folder.) That left a little area that was just perfect for one of my pre-embossed cream colored cake pieces, and I just HAD to stop and make the card!
As you can see, I rounded all corners with a corner rounder punch and added a cream colored mat. I felt the embossing didn't stand out as well as I would have liked, so I took a metallic marker (from Sharpie) and went over the raised areas on both the brown and the cream. I also drew with the marker around the cream piece for a bit of a frame.
I went looking for a patterned paper that would coordinate well with brown and cream and found this piece with my scraps. It is actually one side of a double-sided Christmas paper! I don't remember who made it, but it was sold as a part of a Christmas Paper pad of paper. Anyway, after inking the edges, I thought it made a great background for my embossed focal.
With the focal finished, and the background ready, I felt the card needed a little something at the bottom, so I grabbed the thin strip of pre-embossed border that I had made and once again colored the embossing with the Sharpie. Then all I had to do was glue everything in place.
For the inside, I used another piece of the tan patterned paper. I wanted a place to stamp/write my message, so cut out a piece from the center with a Spellbinder's die, making a frame (see tomorrow's post for what I did with the inside piece!). I once again used a make-up sponge with ink to shade around the edges of my frame.