Hello! I haven't had time in the last several weeks to participate over at The Paper Players Challenge but I was finally able to yesterday evening for a little while. This is for The Paper Players Challenge #306. Although it did take a little time to figure out my design, this is a card that is a super nice choice for any men in your life and came together very fast once I had my design figured out. The challenge at The Paper Players this week is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I chose the top row (Enamel Dots, CAS and Masculine) for my card. Masculine cards are always a bit of a struggle for me but I'm very happy with how this one turned out.
I also try to always participate in the challenges over at Simon's — The Monday Challenge and the Wednesday Challenge. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme this week is "Celebrate" which fits right in with this birthday card.
To start this card, I selected the papers I wanted to use - True Black, Spicy Yogurt, and Gold Metallic (I use Gold Metallic Poster Board from Hobby Lobby). Black and Gold is always a classic look as is a Clean & Simple (CAS) Card. For the focal point, I wanted to use this Spellbinders Die called Ritz Decorative Accent. It is such a bold piece so I switched back and forth between the colors of each piece for a more dramatic look. The die cuts three separate pieces so you can choose what you want each piece to be cut from. I cut the whole thing in Gold Metallic, then used a scrap of black for the center piece and then back to the small diamond piece in Gold Metallic from the original large diecut. Easy Peasy! I made a vertical and horiontal mark in the center of my Spicy Yogurt Panel so that I could get the first piece of the die cut in the right spot and then the others came easily. I adhered them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I stamped the sentiment from "Mums The Word" on True Black Cardstock from Papertrey Ink and heat set it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder. then mounted that on a scrap of Metallic Gold. I considered not mounting the sentiment, but by going ahead, it made it a much more cohesive look. I die cut that panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die in the largest size, taped down with a bit of washi tape so it would move around. I needed to keep that panel lined up. I wasn't planning to cut the panel down initially or I would have done it before I started adhering things. *Ü* I also cut another stitched rectangle for the inside of the card since I ended up using a black card base. I really like how tied together the entire card is from front to back. It is perfectly Clean & Simple!
For my Enamel Dots, I used a fairly new product called Nuvo Crystal Drops in Black Gloss. You totally freehand these dots (its a good idea to practice on a scrap first to get a feel for them) and then once you have them, tap or flick the card on the underside to help them spread out just a little bit. Don't do too much as they need just a tiny bit of dimension to them. Because you are putting them directly onto your card, they won't pop off. It's like making your own custom enamel dots. This is a great product! I love the glossy ones (Black and White) better than the sparkly ones, especially for using on Masculine cards.
This was super fast and easy to put together and would be a great style to use for mass production since the only thing that is stamped is the greeting. I love the bold graphics.
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