This week's sketch at the Nacho Average Challenge blog is perfect for a quick, masculine birthday card.
I'll let you in on my creative process. I check out the challenge blogs and decide which ones match up with my style. Once I accept a challenge (by which I mean that I've decided to enter the challenge), I take a look at the challenge before I leave for work. During the course of the work day, my mind wanders to the creation I'll be making in the evening and I plan out my card. Later, when I have time to sit down to put my idea to paper, I've already worked through the design process and I just have to pull the elements together.
This card for my brother was very quick and easy to pull together. I started with a 5/8" x 12" strip of Bohemian Designer Series paper--and that set my color scheme. I cut the strip in half and then fit it to my Soft Suede mat and snipped off the over-hanging ends. I flagged the left-side ends of the strips with the Banner Punch.
Next, I embossed the Soft Suede mat with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and adhered the DSP flags with Fast Fuse adhesive. I find this sticks better that Snail adhesive when one of the layers has been embossed. I adhered the Soft Suede assembly to a Night of Navy card base.
I stamped the "happy, happy, happy, happy birthday to you" sentiment in Island Indigo on a scrap of Very Vanilla and trimmed it just outside the image. I stamped another image in Blackberry Bliss and fussy cut the second and fourth "happys" and adhered them with a tiny piece of a Stampin' Dimensional to the Island Indigo image. I would normally mat a Very Vanilla piece, but I think the "naked" look makes this element pop on this card, so I left it alone.
Finally, I stamped the birthday cake in Blackberry Bliss onto a Very Vanilla scrap and punched it with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. I mounted this on an Island Indigo piece that I punched with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch. I adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
This time I think I nailed the masculine feel!!