Thrilla in Vanilla

Stampin up growing green stampin pretty
Today's card is oh so very, Very Vanilla.  I love the look of faux embossing by simply using vanilla on vanilla card stock.  This crisp and masculine card is headed to my nephew who lives and teaches in Chicago.


  • Stampin up faux embossing stampin pretty blog Basic Gray Textured Card Stock gives a polished finish on a masculine card.
  • Put away the embellishments for a modern look . . . note my short Stampin' Up! supplies list.
  • Rounded corners on the sentiment add a little interest and avoid everything looking uniformly rectangular.

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Black signature ivory

Growing green stampin pretty Stamp Sets:  Growing Green (WM 118758, CM 120624), Curly Cute (WM 117014, CM 120510)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Basic Gray Textured (Neutrals Assortment, 171078)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120)
Cool Tools:  3/16" Corner Punch Small (119871)
The Perfect Touch:  Silver Brads (104336), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Click stamp image to enlarge.


  1. Hi Michelle B: You are so sweet. I’m flattered to the max. Thanks for the “shout out” when you do post. Let me know and I’ll drop by to say “hi.” Hugs, M

  2. Can I make 2 posts on one card…hehehe I cased your card…well not exactly as I didn’t use the exact stamps..I guess I should say your Vanilla Masculine card layout (brads, vanilla on vanilla, stampin’ dimensionals) gave me inspiration to create my own version. I will be sure to add a link to your card and give you the proper kudos you deserve. Thanks Mary. I love visiting your blog.

  3. Sheer perfection…as always! Crisp and clean. I love it!

  4. How rich and perfect for a guy! I so love faux embossing. I just can’t keep it in the front of my brain. I see a 2 minute video in your future on this… please? Hugs, Carla

  5. I love the layout. the whole card is really striking! Just beautiful!

  6. Funny you should mention vanilla wafers, Linda . . . my daughter and I just finished some bars and the wafers were in the crust (along with two sticks of butter–ouch). Hugs, M

  7. Crisp as a vanilla wafer – really beautiful!

  8. What an awesome card, Mary!

  9. Great card Mary! I love the elegance of it. I am always looking for masculine card ideas as those are the cards I tend to struggle with. Cheers!

  10. Silke has been HUGE influence on my love for white (vanilla) space. Thanks for the comment, Marisa. Hugs, M

  11. The stamp was inked in Basic Gray Classic ink. Nothing fancier. Thanks for your kind feedback! Hugs, M

  12. What a classic and elegant card. Your work is always top notch.

  13. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

  14. hello,

    superbe et si ?l?gant! bravo!

  15. Love it! Are the tones on the stamp done with marker? Wonderful card! MJ

  16. Love it, Mary! So crisp, classy, and masculine!

  17. what a beautiful card. love the vanilla on vanilla. very classy. thanks mary.

  18. For a minute there I thought I was on Silke’s blog LOL! Gorgeous card – love all the “vanilla space” and the clean lines.

  19. Love the card……..beautiful as always.

  20. What a stunning card — thanks so much for sharing all your ideas!!!!

  21. This is so pretty and so elegant Mary..

  22. So lovely and elegant!

  23. Simple, chic and absolutely beautiful! I love your cards!

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