I seem to always have a challenge making masculine cards, but as I mentioned in a previous post, I've been needing a lot of them lately. This first card is obviously for a 90 year old.
The card was created with papers from the paper swap along with some plain colored cardstock. The colors go together better than they appear to in this picture. The focal was both stamped and embossed. Most stamps were HOTP, but I also used some alphabet stamps that I had on hand. The stamped focal was also heat embossed. Obviously, I used a Spellbinders set for cutting out the matted "90!" Another trick I used that I have found to be a time saver is that rather than mat each of the pieces of the focal, I used a straight edge and a sharpie to draw on just the edges.
I wanted this card to be a masculine one, but it had some pink on it. So, I covered the pink with strips of dark brown cardstock. I got the paper in a swap, so don't know who made it. I liked it for the background because I thought the stripes looked like roads and thus went well with the focal. The focal was stamped with stamps from HOTP Masculine Collage set. I heat embossed the word "Celebrate" with clear embossing powder to make it stand out better (using an embossing pen). Obviously the focal and mat were cut with a Spellbinder's die set. The "Happy Birthday" is an outline sticker. It started out silver, but I used brown StazOn ink to color it. The little blue corner treatments are "innies" from a corner punch (Card Creators).