Today’s going to be another busy day for me, so once again I’ll have to be quick with my blog. My starting point for today’s card was a desire to create a simple masculine birthday card. The twist was to add texture, without using special tools or techniques.
To get the texture I wanted while keeping the card really simple I turned to the new In Good Taste 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
With Cinnamon Cider as the base for my card I decided to look for a couple of patterns with warm brownish tones. While I could simply have chosen two of the wood designs in the DSP pack, I opted for two quite different patterns.
In the end I selected a pale wood effect, and paired it with a creamy woven fabric design.
The sizes? Well to be honest these were just scrap pieces from other projects and I left them as I found them. For reference the woven piece is 1″ x 3-3/4″, while the wood piece is 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″.
All I needed to do now was find something to add a little pop of colour. Crushed Curry Card came out the winner. Once again the size was determined by the scrap piece I found in my tin (7/8″ x 5-1/2″).
Now I had the three key pieces, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount each one onto a layer of Cajun Craze Card. Each of the layers was 1/8″ bigger than the piece I was attaching.
It was only at this point that I thought about a sentiment. After a little searching I settled on the “happy birthday” in the Here’s A Card Stamp Set. Instead of stamping it onto another piece of card I thought it would be fun to stamp it directly on to the woven texture DSP. But just to be safe I used my Stamparatus to help me get the stamping straight.
Next I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Cinnamon Cider Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Using liquid glue I first fixed the Crushed Curry piece to the front of the card. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the wood effect piece. Finally I added the woven texture piece, stacking the Dimensionals two high where the layer extended past the edge of the wood layer.
To finish off the front I added more texture and a little masculine bling using a copper Star Designer Element.
On a layer of Very Vanilla Card I glued a 3/4″ strip of the wood effect paper down the right-hand edge. Then I added a 1/8″ strip of Cajun Craze Card along the edge of the DSP to finish it off. With that done I glued the assembled layer inside the card base.
All I had left to do was use liquid glue to attach some of the wood paper to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then, once I’d trimmed the DSP with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide, I was done.
Quick and easy but the texture provided by the DSP means it’s anything but boring. What do you think?
For more projects using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper see these earlier blog posts: