Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Metal + Wood = Cool Masculine Card

My DH has a friend and coworker who just bought his first home. He asked me to make a congratulations card for everyone at work to sign. Unfortunately, I no longer have new home stamps, so I had to do a little web searching to help me out with an idea. I found a card, made by Mary Fish, that was similar to this, but smaller and feminine. With my husband's friend being a bachelor, the feminine scallops, flower, and butterfly paper was not going to work. So, I put a manly spin on her card.

new home card stampin up

First, I had to make it extra large, because so many people needed to sign it. The finished card size is 6" x 8 1/2". I used my retired Bigz Serif Alphabet dies to cut these letters from Brushed Silver card stock, and then glued them onto a piece of 3" x 8 1/2" piece of Natural Composition Specialty card stock. I used pewter brads to make the 'metal' letters look like they were riveted onto the 'wood'. Next I trimmed out the top and bottom with 1/4" strips of Basic Black card stock, and then glued it to my card base. I finished the card off with the word sweet, from Fabulous Phrases, on Very Vanilla card stock, and a trinket key (retired SU) added with a couple rolled up glue dots.

I was able to make an extra large envelope using the Envelope Punch Board. I did discover that the score line on the punch board is not long enough to accommodate the larger sizes of card stock. That was a bit frustrating. Fortunately, I have the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, so I was able to finish the score lines on that.

Stampin' Supplies:

  • Stamps: Fabulous Phrases

  • Paper:

    • Basic Gray card stock - 8 1/2 x 12"; scored at 6" to create a 6" x 8 1/2" card base

    • Brushed Silver card stock

    • Natural Composition Specialty card stock - 3" x 8 1/2"

    • Basic Black card stock - 2 pieces 1/4" x 8 1/2"

    • Very Vanilla card stock, scrap

  • Ink: Basic Black

  • Tools and Accessories:

    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

    • Bigz Serif Essentials Alphabet dies (retired SU)

    • Pewter Brads (retired SU)

    • Trinket Key (retired SU)

    • Linen Thread

    • Stampin' Dimensionals (under the Vanilla banner)


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  1. This card is wonderful! I make cards to send to the troops, and this is perfect for them - it's masculine AND has a message they all want to believe in. Besides, I love going back to use some of my retired products.

  2. Thanks, Pamela, for your compliment and for sending cards to the troops!