I hope you learned a little something from yesterday's post about how to make cards in less than 10 minutes (see all my Stamping 911 projects). It forced me, too, to reevaluate my own organization and fine tune the time I take to create a project!
Let's see if today's card (also created in less than 10 minutes), embraces my Stamping 911 Tips. It's another masculine birthday card (more ideas at "You've Got Male") for my cousin, who turns 50. TIP: Simple and geometric design cast a very handsome, "manly" appeal.
Pretty Paper Pops (Point #9) . . . I used a Very Vanilla 4.25 x 5.5 textured card base with a layer of Stampin' Up!'s Haiku Designer paper on top. Other than the sentiment, the remaining layers are on textured card stock.
The sentiment (doubling as a focal point, Point #5) is from Stampin' Up!'s Full of Life (the ideal set for sentiments that can hold their own on the inside or outside of a card). It's inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Very Vanilla.
The card is quite basic and had plenty of room for embellishment. However, I followed my rules about editing (Point #10), focusing on a couple simple corner accents. TIP: Using a 1 1/4" square punch, I snapped out a So Saffron Textured square. It was cut it in half (creating two triangles) and cut it in half again (two smaller triangles). Add a couple brads (Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter) and Voil?, I have fulfilled the "jazz" factor. I used Pop-Up Glue Dots to add some 3-D and adhere the finished sentiment. TIP: The Glue Dots are a larger and more flexible than my beloved Stampin' Dimensionals. This makes them a good choice for a large area or "absorbing" the brads on the backside so they don't show through.
Cutting precise mats and layering takes time. I opted to grab Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango Textured card stock and left them as geometric blocks. Instant oomph and fewer layers (Point #8).
Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary
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Stamp Set: Full of Life
Paper: Haiku Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Textured and Smooth (sentiment), Chocolate Chip Textured, Tangerine Tango Textured
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools: 1 1/4" Square Punch
The Perfect Touch: Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Brads, Pop Up Glue Dots