You may have missed my post yesterday because Typepad was having issues.  But, I wanted to update you.  My glasses have been sent to the lab for repair – new lenses and a frame overhaul.  It will be a week to 10 days before I will get them back.  In the meantime, I am using an old pair of glasses.  Although not as good as my current glasses, they will help me limp by until mine are repaired,

With Father's Day fast approaching, I decided to spend a bit of time on Masculine cards this week. Looking Up to Father from the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog is such a perfect stamp set for masculine cards.

 This is a simple card because I wanted to create a card that could be mailed without special packaging or extra cost.  A small piece of Pear Pizzaz designer paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack adds a touch of color to the top of my card.

The 2 cardstock panels are 1-1/2 " wide by 4-1/4 long. Keeping with the zig zag pattern from the designer paper,  they are both embossed with the Chevron Texture Impressions Embossing Folder.


The tree was colored with Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.  Remember to use the side of your brush marker when coloring a stamp or you could damage your marker.

In order to add some visual interest to my simple card, I used a Labels Collection Framelit to cut the image out.  To give this piece some dimension, I inked the edges with Early Espresso Ink and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.


The sentiment is actually part of this stamp.  As I often do when the sentiment is connected to the stamp, I performed surgery on the stamp to separate the sentiment from the image.  When I do this, I adhere the sentiment to the back of the wood block so that I can use the image and the sentiment individually.  This time I inked the sentiment with Early Espresso Ink and created a banner.  Notice the Linen Thread that is wrapped around the right side of the sentiment.

All -in-all, this is a simple card that goes together quickly.  And, this design can be used for any theme.  But, it works particularly well for masculine cards because there is no need for much embellishment.

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