Hmmmm . . . making a birthday card for a teenage boy. Not really so tough. TIP: I began with neutral colors, ditched any thoughts of ribbon and added a little texture and hardware. Today's card combines the sketch from Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday and Beate's inspiration challenge.
The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 Always Artichoke Textured card stock. It's topped with a Kraft pattern from Manchester Designer Series Paper (good masculine options–I think it's a "sleeper" DP), Always Artichoke Textured and layered on a solid piece of Kraft card stock.
The horizontal panel consists of Baja Breeze Textured card stock that I added a skinny strip of Kraft and some 1/4" Circles (Always Artichoke Textured). The vertical panel is another handsome stripe from Manchester matted on Very Vanilla.
The sentiment is from the Cute & Curly stamp set, which comes bundled with the Curly Label Punch (used here). TIP: I find this little combo indispensable. It's stamped first in Always Artichoke ink, then Baja Breeze. I snipped out the Baja words and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the Artichoke version. The entire punch is propped up on dimensionals, too.
TIP: I created a simple ring, to mirror the rings in Beate's inspiration. I first punched out Baja Breeze Textured card stock with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch. Next, I punched around the 1 1/4" circle opening with Stampin' Up!'s new 1 3/4" Circle Punch. So easy. A little Always Artichoke (textured) Star pumped up on a dimensional adds polish. With a Crop-A-Dile, I set my Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter) in a flash.
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Set: Cute and Curly
Paper: Manchester Designer Series, Always Artichoke Textured, Baja Breeze Textured, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke
Punch Bunch: Star, Curly Label, 1 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1/4" Circle Punches
The Perfect Touch: Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter), Stampin' Dimensionals