Hola! How are you, this Siete de Mayo? Me? Well, we're getting a new roof put on our house this week, which means there's a constant bang-bang-bang going on above me, and the dogs are both figuratively and literally barking mad. Good times!
Speaking of good times, Taylored Expressions' May release is all about celebrating the special men and couples in our lives. Father's Day, wedding season, and our August anniversary (DH and I will be celebrating 20 years of wedded bliss) = covered! Thanks, TE! :)
For this first Sneak Peek, I'm showing off the new GREETINGS FOR HIM stamp set. It comes with all sorts of words and phrases for the dudes. See what I mean?
I LOVE the new BIRCH TREE BORDER die, as well as the BIRCH TREE ACCESSORIES die set (which is where the deer came from) -- they make coming up with masculine cards a snap. And, considering the fact that my husband and his large extended family were all born and raised in Antlers, Oklahoma (self-proclaimed deer capital of the world, where they let out school for a week when deer hunting season begins; seriously!), I think I'll be getting a lot of use dies!
As you know, I am centuries old and very wise, so pay attention whilst I give thee a little stamping insight. When you're making cards for the guys, think TEXTURE. I used cork for the birch trees, felt for the deer, a rustic twine to embellish, as well as brown mini-brads to set off the sentiment. All of those different textures give the card a much more masculine look and feel than layered paper.
Here's a close up of the sentiment, which was stamped onto a panel cut from the new BAND IT die:
This is the second panel I made; the first had to go in the circular file as setting those tiny brads tore up the lightweight patterned paper (from October Afternoon's Campfire 8x8 pad). I really wanted to use the pattern, though, to tie the sentiment together with the ground. What to do? I glued a bit of card stock behind the area where the brads would be and it was much easier to line them up and getting thme looking right. Success!
Ready for more? Then go visit my Baker's Dozen buddies (and our fabulous guest designer, Joan Ervin) to see more stunning creations with the May TE release...
Joan Ervin - Guest Designer
Stamps: Greetings for Him (Taylored Expressions)
Dies: Birch Tree Border, Birch Tree Accessories, Band It Die (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Adirondack Earthtones Denim
Paper: Choice Buttercream (TE), Creamy Caramel (SU), Campfire 8x8 pad (October Afternoon)
Accessories: cork, felt, twine, mini-brads (Queen & Co.), foam boosters (JSSS)