It reminds me of a tuxedo. That's why this tone on tone glossy black stripe from Stampin' Up!'s new Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series paper was perfect for my husband's valentine. The addition of Real Red and Very Vanilla keep the image of "love" going, but not too frilly for a guy. Click here for all my masculine card samples (otherwise under the category "You've Got Male" on the left side bar).
The heart stamp is from Always, heat embossed in black on Real Red card stock, snipped out and propped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. It's layered over a sentiment from A Happy Heart, jazzed up with a red Circle Rhinestone Brad.
TIP: The sentiment is "recycled" from a cute candy cello bag with a topper I received from my Stampin' Pretty Pal, Cindy. Once I gobbled the M&M's inside, I couldn't part with the cute image. It gets a second chance. Why not? Do you ever recycle a part of a card or embellishment?
I'm especially passionate about the delectabale texture of the Real Red horizontal panel. It was created in a flash using one of my new Texturz Plates (Texture Plates Kit #4, 114531) and a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine. I initially looked at the "scratchy" looking plate next to the other cool patterns in the set and thought, "what would I use that one for?" Well, now I know the handsome textured result and will use it plenty.
TIP: Want a more defined pattern from your Texturz Plates? Spritz the card stock with water (I keep a small spritzer handy with my stamping supplies). Lay the wet side down, facing the texture and proceed with the normal sandwich for Texturz Plates and a Big Shot. The moisture helps keep the card stock in place–an added bonus. The damp card stock is "more agreeable" to sneak into every textured crevice as far as possible.
Four black brads button things up on the side. TIP: I use a Paper Piercer and Template from Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit to line them up with precision. The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 in Very Vanilla.
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Stamp Sets: A Happy Heart (111758), Always (113620)
Paper: Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper (114039), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Real Red (103133), VersaMark (102283)
Cool Tools: Texturz Plates (114531, Textures Plates Kit #4), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Paper Piercer & Template (104310, Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch: Vintage Brads (109109, Black), Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110, Fire), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)