Do you think I should add a category for just "boy cards?" OK, perhaps "masculine" cards sounds more appropriate. I always find male cards difficult in the world of rubber stamping where flowers, butterflies and flourishes reign. However, my 30 something nephew and godson, Jeremy, has a birthday coming up. He recently stopped by to help me with a little "issue" with my universal remote control (he understands these things) and was headed off to a Wild Turkey meeting afterward (I'm hoping he meant the game bird and not the bourbon). In either case, he's not a flowers and butterflies kind of guy.
Hence, the beauty of the monogram. Classic. Unisex. I just received Stampin' Up!'s Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and it's divine. It stamps crisp letters and is large enough that you can snip out the letters if you choose (although I'm still on the snipping "wagon" from my cutting fest several days ago). I just may become a monogram maven with this new set (and imagine the possibilities of building "custom" words).
The 5 x 5" base is in Wild Wasabi Textured card stock. Two coordinating pieces of Jersey Shore Designer Paper arrive next. TIP: I used a word window punch to create a peek-a-boo sentiment. The sentiment was isolated with a Brilliant Blue Stampin' Up! marker, from the Lots of Thoughts Sale-A-Bration set, and stamped on Whisper White card stock. I lined it up behind the open "window" and Voil?! The horizontal banner is Wild Wasabi Textured card stock, which has enough texture to stand on it's own with out all the weight of layers.
Using Papertrey's Borders and Corners Squares set, I stamped a multi-line square in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock. TIP: I then used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to easily and accurately place the "j." Some Brilliant Blue brads dot the corners. The image was mounted on Brilliant Blue card stock using Stampin' Dimensionals and layered again on Pumpkin Pie. The last touch was a couple bits of Striped Grosgrain in Pumpkin Pie.
I think he'll enjoy this (although perhaps not as much as bonding with his pals at the Wild Turkey meeting . . . difficult to compete with).
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Sets: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Lots of Thoughts (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Jersey Shore Designer Series, Wild Wasabi Textured, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue Marker
Cool Tools: Word Window Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
The Perfect Touch: Bold Brights Brads, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Pumpkin Pie), Stampin' Dimensionals