Friday, June 12, 2009

Oh Baby!

Since it's Father's Day month I have challenged myself to make guy cards for my workshop (coming up this weekend). An easy "guy" card is a baby boy card. This one uses the paper pack called "Notebook" which I've used and used. The flip side to the blue polka dot paper is pink polka dot so you could totally make this a little girl color by just flipping the paper. The card base is Colonial White and the brown is textured chocolate paper which comes in a neutral combo pack. I love it because the flipside of the card is a light color making it easy to use with cards. I did stamp some polka dots on it using the Argyle Backgrounds stamp set to go with the whole polka dot theme. The onesie and frame are from a set called Baby Steps which has a lot of cute little stamps (most of which would have fit in the frame.) Rather than coloring in the onsie I decided to stamp it on the Notebook paper to match the blue strip. I then stamped it one more time on the brown to get the little heart. The ribbon just finished it off and I think it's from Walmart. Finally I used rub-ons from the Chocolate Love Letter Collection. On the inside of the card I used the alphabet rub-ons and spelled out my new nephew's name. I can't wait to send it along to my sister.
All supplies for this card except for the ribbon can be found on my Close To My Heart website. Don't forget to look for the deal of the day if you're visiting in June 2009! Thanks for stopping by!
You are Close to My Heart,

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Father's Day

Guy cards are soooo hard to create. After many attempts I finally have one here that my man approves. I have learned some things about making guy cards in the process. The stamper/crafter in me whats to keep adding stuff to them, but it's a less is more deal on guy cards. Of course flowers are out, but I've learned that hearts are really out too even though you love the guy you're giving them to. According to my husband that makes them more feminine looking. Ribbon is pretty much out too.

For this card I added some chipboard from a set called Fresh Shapes from Close to My Heart. It started out white, but I sponged chocolate on it to begin with and then kept adding layers of chocolate ink until I was satisfied.

Color is another important factor in making guy cards. Dark muted colors are the best or when in doubt go in black, brown or dark blue. Don't even try and throw a hint of pink in there! This paper is called Simple Pleasures and has been my favorite for a long time. I stamped the coffee ring on there as well as the water splotches that are really light. The stamp set is called Coffee Stain. The set has a heart and star in it as well, which I had to refrain from using for this card. I'm glad my husband pushes my creativity!
You can find everything used to make this card on my website and while you're there, check out the deal of the day. Every day in June there's a new special! Thanks for stopping by!

You are Close to My Heart,