Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I'm currently in the slow process of re-organizing closets and toy storage bins (groan).  I've come to the conclusion I should use Christmas as my Spring cleaning time.  Taking down decorations is a perfect time to do a really good house cleaning and receiving new clothes and toys forces you to clean a closet or two to make room for them all!  Now to get motivated...I'd much much much rather be working in my stamp room ;)

As you've probably already figured out by the title of this post, today's card is the one I made for my Dad's birthday; which is today.  Birthday's so close to Christmas are challenging - we've always tried to separate the two but its hard to not mesh them together when your birthday gifts are sitting under the Christmas tree!  This year after opening gifts we realized he hadn't even opened his Christmas gift from my sister and I - it accidentally got piled with the birthday gifts!

Anyway, back to the card.  I was short on inspiration for a male card this year, so I spent a few minutes looking at other Stampin' Up! demonstrators cards.  Michelle Zindorf has always been a great inspiration to me; her work with a brayer is beyond AMAZING.  I found a card she had done with a background very similar to what I did here - I loved it and it looked masculine so I ran with it. 


Stamp sets: Countryside, A Word for You
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso Core'dinations
Ink: River Rock, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin write markers, sponges, 3/16" metallic brads, Word Window punch, Woodgrain embossing folder, snail

To create the background, ink the upper portion of the Whisper White cardstock with River Rock ink using the Direct to Paper technique (hold your ink pad on a slight angle and rub across your paper in a sweeping motion).  With a ruler and River Rock marker, draw the barn board lines.  Sponge the grass with Old Olive ink.  Stamp the image in Basic Black and color in with markers.  Create a shadow below the image with a River Rock marker.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  Sponge all edges with Basic Black and assemble card.

That's all for now; back to organizing I go!
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