Continuing my rediscovery of stamp sets and other products I’ve not used in a while has been fun. Often what happens is I’ve exhausted my pool of ideas for a product and it gets put away. Then as time goes on I even forget it’s there. Returning to them with the benefit of products I’ve got more recently I’ve found that my inspiration reignites. That’s what happened when I picked up the A Good Man Stamp Set. It inspired me to make this simple masculine / gender neutral card even though I ended up not using the images at all.
After pulling out the A Good Man Stamp Set my first task was to find some paper suitable for a masculine card. I found just what I needed in an unlikely place, the Tidings of Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Although many of the designs are most definitely Christmas-themed, the reverse of the sheets are more generic. In fact there were so many I was spoilt for choice.
In the end I found a 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece with a herringbone pattern in Evening Evergreen that would be a good start. So using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted it onto a 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ later of Misty Moonlight Card.
Next, to add some lightness to the project, I chose a white botanical design on a Sahara Sand background. There was one strip already cut at 1-1/2″ wide and I trimmed that down to 5-1/2″ long. Then I glued that to a 1-5/8″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Misty Moonlight Card and set it aside.
Having decided to use the botanical pattern as my coordinating feature I needed a couple more pieces. First I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and glued it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper using the edge of the flap as a guide.
I cut my last piece at 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ and glued it down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Then along the left edge of the DSP I added a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Misty Moonlight Card.
A GOOD MAN
Finally I was ready to create my card base from Soft Succulent Card. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Now I could begin assembling my project starting with the Basic White layer. Using liquid glue I fixed this piece inside the card base with the DSP on the right. Then on the front of the card base I glued the layered botanical piece about 1/4″ from the crease.
Before adding the square layer I decided it needed just a little extra interest. So among my scraps I found a 1/4″ strip of Soft Succulent Card. I trimmed it to 2-1/4″ long then fixed it 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the square. Then I added a line of three Gilded Gems down from the top left corner. With that done I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the layer to the card front.
All I needed now was the sentiment and at last I was ready for the A Good Man Stamp Set. In the end I chose “It’s your day” as it would be appropriate for many different occasions. Then using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped it onto a scrap of Basic White Card. Finally I cut around the sentiment using my Paper Snips. Once I’d added the sentiment to the square layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals my masculine / gender neutral card was complete.
I’m so happy with how this project turned out, even if I didn’t use any of the images from the stamp set. But while working I did get an idea for them that I’m off to make now. Whatever you have planned for today, I hope you’re able to find a little time to be creative too.