Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Birthday Card For My Guy

My favorite guy in the world just had a birthday.  I was tempted to go out and buy him a card, because I really doubt my ability to make a good, interesting masculine card.  And then crafter's guilt set in.  Me, a card maker, buying my hubby a birthday card??  It just didn't seem right, so I gave it a try.


Have to admit, I kind of like this.  I used a page from a vintage European travel book that was my late father's, and stamped an Itty Bitty Background (Stampin' Up!) over it in light gray and black.  Then I used a leaf from SU's With Gratitude as the focal point.

Keeping with the vintage theme, that thread is pretty old too.  I found intact spools of it at a North Carolina thrift shop this past summer.  For some reason, I chose not to buy it at that time.  I came back home and had remorse for not snatching it up.  I mentioned it to my mother-in-law, who lives there, and guess what I got for Christmas?  Yay!


This sentiment is brand new and not yet released from Inspired By Stamping's Creative Tags (it'll be available 4/10/13).  I did stick the tag to the card with a little adhesive, but it looks like this clip is holding it in place.


I sure appreciate your visit today!



Stamps: With Gratitude, Itty Bitty Backgrounds - SU; Creative Tags - Inspired By Stamping
Paper: Basic Black, Sahara Sand - SU; white - PTI; vintage European travel book page
Ink: Pumice Stone - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Fibers: vintage thread - Coats & Clark
Other: Framed Tulips embossing folder, metal clip - SU; Classic Tag die - Memory Box
Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"

21 comments:

~amy~ said...

Awesome!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

So masculine and sooo BEAUTIFUL! Pinning it right away!

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, this is simply gorgeous!! So elegant!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Hussena said...

If there is such a thing as beautiful masculine card then this card definitely qualifies for it according to me :) ...I really love the way you have kept everything so subtle and in toned colors ..Am sure your hubby must have loved this too :)

Sophie said...

Großartig, Colleen.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous!! LOVING that book print and the leaf!!

Reusing with Quilling said...

Wow ! Its Fabulous ! i loved it to bits !!

Marisa said...

Well done!! Great masucline card and love all the details you added and yet kept it simple. Sure he will love it :)

Annette said...

GORGEOUS..

Linda R said...

It does look great.. You did a fabulous job on this. He is going to love it...

Hugs~

Shani Thomas said...

Well now you know I just HAVE to love this!!! Fantastic use of vintage materials and it's definitely "guy". You know I've found that the colors (or lack thereof) in true vintage materials work very well for guys.

Stella said...

This is soooooooooooo much more beeautiful than a store bought card. Happy Birthday to your husband; although belated...sorry. We are finally able to buy SU here in the Netherlands and I love the way you used the background stamp. Lovely design!
XX

Vickie Z said...

Think this is a wonderful "guy" card for hubby!! You did good!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I bet he loved this! Very masculine card- you did good! :)

Maria said...

Wow! What a great masculine card...I love it! Of course, being a great card maker that you are, you had to make him a card!:-)Happy birthday to your husband!

Karen McAlpine said...

Love how the leaf looks over the script! Great guy card.

Emily Keaton said...

A very cool card, Colleen! I love the aged looks you incorporated. I hope you hubby loved this!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful elegant 'man' card! The embossing, image & embellishment are all great, love it ! Have a wonderful day, Shirleyx

Leslie Miller said...

Perfection! It's very maculine, but anyone who loves nature a theme would love this card. Beautiful job, Colleen!

Benzi said...

Love your masculine card and the wonderful page from your father's travel book.
The colors are fabulous and I'm betting hubby loved it.

Sounds as if you have a wonderful MIL, too. Very thoughtful.

Wida said...

it IS masculine and still beautiful.

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