I love the combination of gold and navy, and this masculine card idea shows how classic this colour combo is! The pens are from Stampin’ Up!’s Crafting Forever stamp set (available as wood mount or clear mount), and they’re embossed in gold on Night of Navy Cardstock, with a Gold Foil Sheet layer behind to show it off. I don’t often do dark cardbases, but I wanted to keep this design clean and classic. If you do a dark cardbase, you can adhere a piece of paper or Whisper White cardstock inside so that your sentiment can be easily read – or use the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker.
If you check out the images in the stamp set, you’ll notice that the stamp with the pens actually has 3 pens, all facing the same direction. I decided to do a little “surgery” on my stamp, and actually cut the pens apart! (I have the clear mount version of the set). I did a single cut line between each pen, and then snipped off the corners (I often find if I have right angle corners on the image, I end up getting ink on them and messing up my stamped image). By doing this, I can re-align the images so they appear as their original version, should I desire. For this masculine card idea, I used two of the images and placed them facing in opposite directions on my clear block. I then stamped three times in Versamark, and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. That was it! OK maybe not quite, I forgot to mention I used the Embossing Buddy on the Night of Navy cardstock before stamping to limit my stray embossing powder. Using the Embossing Buddy leaves a slight layer of magic dust that seems to reduce static (plus absorb any oils from my skin) so that the embossing powder sticks to the stamped image and nowhere else.
This would be a great graduation card or Father’s Day card, and while I did call this a masculine card idea, it’s not just for men – it would be suitable for any time you don’t want a frilly, flowery card. The YamStamps June Paper Crafting Projects Newsletter has other project ideas, including a fun gift card holder that is great for Father’s Day or someone who likes DIY. The big newsletter comes out the first Tuesday of each month. All new subscribers receive the current month’s Project Newsletter so you don’t miss out on the most recent version (i.e. if you subscribe today, you’ll still be able to check out that project I mentioned!). Plus you’ll receive a weekly update featuring different projects and updates, so you will constantly get new ideas in your inbox as well! Please let me know if you have any questions – otherwise I’ll “see” you online or in your inbox!