Hello everyone, a few days ago I posted a card I had made for a friend who had her birthday last month and I promised to post the one I also made for husband who shares the same birthday.Today’s card was made for Phil so again happy birthday! Sometimes it can be challenging coming up with ideas for a masculine card because it depends what they are in to. My family are a family of builders so anything to do with construction is a winner, one has a boat and loves sailing and being out on the water, one is musical and makes guitars, a couple of my nephews are chefs, one loves fishing, a friend of mine is into photography, others are musical or computer buffs and so it goes on… Sometimes you just don’t know, or you can’t find the right thing for inspiration but this card is a good option for anyone and it has a wow factor.
Instructions for this technique can be found in a tutorial by Melissa Kerman and they were quite easy to follow. The card base here is early espresso on a basic black mat, and the insert below very vanilla card stock. For the card front I’ve started with silver foil cardstock but you could also use gold or copper. The technique uses a mix of stamping, dry embossing and heat embossing to get the finished look. The stamp set used is Thoughts & Prayers, and the embossing folder for this card is woodlands but it would also look stunning with the new layered leaves embossing folder. Inks used were black stazon (retired) – the best on non porous surfaces but black archival ink will work well too, versamark, and soft suede on the insert – I felt it was just a little bit softer than early espresso. I have heat embossed the stamp on the card front in gold, and then in an ad hoc way have heat embossed patches of gold and copper for effect. If you start with a gold or copper foil cardf ront use different colour metallics to heat emboss. It’s important not to cover up the initial stamping, but to use the heat embossing to add texture. A brush over lightly with the stazon / black archival ink pad gives that final tarnished look.
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