Thursday, February 23, 2012

Clean and Simple Masculine

Good Morning Friends,

It's so hard to keep up with blogging on school vacation week.  In addition, I've been busy teaching my embossing with markers class to my local customers. It was an awesome week. 

I feel blessed to be able to work doing something I love and be here for my daughter.

This week's challenge from the paper players is to make a clean and simple masculine card.  Honestly, I struggle with both.  I like to embellish and add more and more.  If this card was for my hubby, he would probably say that I should "lose the ribbon." In his mind, anything extra is unnecessary and you need to keep it simple. 

The Clean and simple style is just that.  It's all about the design ~ less is more.

Last night, I put this card together in about 10 minutes.  I got the wood sheets from Stampin' Up's big shot line.They are really interesting to work with.  The back side of the wood sheets have an almost plastic like material on the back.  It makes them easy to cut.  The sheets are thin enough to cut with a paper cutter.

I inked my sentiment and tree in markers.  When stamping on the wood sheets, I noticed that the ink runs a little into the wood.  I really like that!  Next, I grabbed a blender pen and moved the ink on the tree around.  When I originally stamped the image the little holes in this tree showed up.  I like the ink all blended and happy.  :)  I also moved the ink around the root and dragged my blender pen from side to side to make some ground.  Very clean and simple and very masculine (except perhaps that bow).  A little self indulgence for my girlie self.  I love that denim ribbon too.  It's my favorite Stampin Up green ~ artichoke.  Stampin' Up!  is definitely an Old Olive company (meaning many of the accessories come out in old olive), but I dig artichoke.  This denim ribbon has it's own masculine feel to it.

Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half at 4 1/4", river rock Card Stock
Layer 2: 5 1/8" x 3 5/8" Artichoke Card Stock
Layer 3: Wood sheet 5 x 3 3/4"

Well, that's all for today!  I'm planning a little design time in the studio.


Christyne - Stampin' UP!® Demonstrator said...

OH. MY. GOSH. That is all...

Except to say I am adding wood sheets to my next order! This is PERFECT for my "manly man" card class coming up in May!


Soozie4Him said...

selene, I'm definitely going to try this card! I have the wood sheets - two packs, actually, and have NEVER used them! What a GREAT masculine card you've created! And "embossing with markers"?? Please tell me more!!

Susan, aka Soozie4Him on SCS
moot96 AT aol DOT com

Ann Schach said...

WOW! A perfect masculine card! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

LeAnne said...

I can't think of a better image to use than this tree on your wood background! It looks terrific! My DH would not like the ribbon either; I actually think the image and sentiment are strong enough to stand on their own without the ribbon--the woodgrain gives a lot of interest, and I love the big sentiment! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

Mary Davidson said...

I'm with Christyne...OH MY GOSH! This is stunning!! Your coloring looks so beautiful on the wood sheets! Perfect card for the gentlemen. TFS!

Lesley said...

Love this CAS look you created on wood sheets and the ribbon on either side is such a nice highlight Selene. Happy you have had a good week with your daughter and with stamping! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Selene, this is fantastic! I love how you used the wood sheets along with the tree image. (I have to buy these soon!) They add such a subtle detail that just looks awesome. I like the ribbon...although I'm all about a perfect bow, like yours! Lol! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players!