Friday, May 20, 2011


Masculine Thank You

How is everyone this wonderful Friday morning? Today I’m going to share with you the sketch challenge from last week SCCSC66 which was designed by Liz Goldhawk. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Stamps: Sanded, Solid Stripes, Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
DSP: Elegant Soiree
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stampin’ Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Two-Way Glue Pen, Tasteful Trim Die, Decorative Label Punch, 2” x 1 3/8” Oval Punch

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The card front was stamped with the Sanded background stamp in Soft Suede ink. A piece of Elegant Soiree DSP was cut at 4 ¼” x 2 ¾” and one of the 4 ¼” sides was torn. The DSP was adhered to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock that was cut at 4 ¼” x 3”. The 4 ¼” side of the Early Espresso cardstock that had the torn DSP edge was torn to give the layer a nice shabby edge. Since I tore the DSP in the wrong direction and ended up with a bright white line on the pattern side I wanted to use, I lightly inked the edges with Early Espresso ink with a sponge.

Tip: When tearing DSP hold the paper with the pattern that you want to use away from you and tear the edge towards you. This will make sure that the white edge left from the tear is on the side that you will be gluing down and will not be visible. Now if you want that white edge hold the pattern that you want to use towards you and tear the edge towards you.

A 1” x 4 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered behind the straight edge of the Early Espresso/DSP layer so that about half of the width shows. This panel was adhered to the card front. A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim Die to get the piece of ric-rac (zig-zag) or whatever you want to call it. This was adhered to the card front with the Two-Way Glue Pen.

The greeting from Thank You Kindly was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock in Soft Suede ink. The image Solid Stripes was stamped over the greeting in Crumb Cake ink, but I stamped off the image once before stamping it over my greeting to give the stripes a lighter look. The greeting was punched out with the 2” x 1 3/8” Oval Punch. The Decorative Label punch was used on a scrap of Old Olive cardstock to punch a label. The edges of both the label and the oval were sponged with Early Espresso ink before being adhered together. The greeting label was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I really do find it challenging to make masculine cards, but this sketch just seemed to scream masculine to me. I hope you get a chance to give this sketch a try. I would love to see what you create with it!

If you are a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator you can find the sketch challenge thread HERE. If you are not a demonstrator I would still love to see your creations. Please post a link to your project in the comments section of this post. Have fun stamping!