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Good Morning and thanks for checking into the blog today!  I have created a birthday card using the “Brush Grunge Alpha” stamp set and the “Sweet As Honey” set for my husband’s best friend’s birthday.  If you’re like me, it’s sometimes difficult to wrap your head around making masculine cards.  It usually means getting creative with colors and textures and altering what’s already in your stash to create a more masculine feel to the overall design.

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If you’ll notice, I used a hexagon embossing folder that was lightly coated in Close To My Heart Desert Sand ink on a natural/sand colored paper to create some dimension and texture on my background panel of paper.  This is simple to do and gives you some different looks with your embossing folders.  Just lightly ink your folder, put the paper inside it, and run it through your machine and you get a sort of letter press effect.  Then I took a water brush pen and a basic Crayola watercolor palette and flicked color onto the hexagon embossed paper.  I also inked the edges of my paper and cut it down so that it fit within a quarter inch around onto my card front.

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I used a tag cut from a 6×6 paper pad to stamp most of my sentiment onto and tied it to the front with twine for some more texture.  I stamped the hexagon outlines from the set onto patterned paper and cut them out and arranged them over the bottom of the tag, as well as stamping and watercoloring the cute little bees!  The “birthday” sentiment was created by slightly overlapping the letters from the Brush Grunge Alpha set, and then was fussy cut, and pop-dotted onto my card overlapping the hexagons and tag.  I am SUPER in LOVE with the Brush Grunge Alpha set because it’s so versatile to creating your own sentiments…especially in conjunction with all of the other sets that contain so many great little word stamps to pair together.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project!  The trick to making a masculine card is combining, colors, textures, and a little “grunge”!

Happy Stamping!  ~Tabitha

 

 

 

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