Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop

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Welcome to our blog hop.  If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Kristie's blog and if not, then you can start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.

It's my Father in Law Diego's birthday so I made this card for the blog hop.  I always have trouble with guy cards because I always want to add too many frills on a card.  But I am learning that simple is better!  Today's challenge was to make your own patterned paper but I wanted to keep it bold and graphic looking.  (For some reason I didn't think the backgrounds I made with flowers would work for his card, ha ha!)

I used the "Tini Time" stamp set diamond border to make the backgrounds with the lovely A Muse Studio pigment chalk ink.  Unlike dye ink, this ink will actually show up when you stamp on darker paper.  So the Grass ink looks awesome both on the Ocean and the Onyx cardstock.  I love how you get two different looks from the same exact pattern.  On the Ocean you notice the diamonds more but on the Onyx you see the "white space" of the circle pattern instead and the diamonds recede into the background.  The birthday sentiment is Contemporary Greetings.

All supplies available from my A Muse Studio Online Store.
I wanted to make sure to show you the inside of the card because even though I didn't decorate it I love the fact that A Muse Studio paper is white on one side so you don't have to waste time lining your cards when you use dark cardstock.

All supplies are available from my A Muse Studio Online store.


Happy Birthday to my dear Father in Law--I am so lucky to be part of your family!

Your next stop is  Lindsay Spencer's blog.

21 comments:

Sherri Thacker said...

This is great! I love what you did here with this card!!

Melissa said...

Love your man card!!

Tami said...

Very cool (and I did not know that about the lighter color showing up on the darker color- will have to give that a try later!)

Carla said...

Excellent DP! This turned out beautifully!

VanessaB said...

very cool! love your papers (and card) :)

Angie said...

Great man card!

Lillian Child said...

This turned out so fabulous - love that you used the same image both light and dark to create such a unique DP! Great job!

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Kathy said...

What a cool, retro backgound!

Lori Barnett said...

GIT-R-DONE!!! I LOVE IT!

kari bell said...

awesome card! i just love your "paper", great work.

Laurie Chilton said...

Very nice.... fabulous job with your paper. :)

krismybliss said...

I'm with you...so cool to see how the same patterned stamp looks so different on different colored cardstock. Love it! Your card is fabulous and is a great masculine card without screaming that it's masculine. Great job!

Heather said...

I LOVE this color combo. Very masculine and fun at the same time. LOVE that dot bg!!!

have a blessed day!
Heather

Noelle Reese said...

I love this card! I adore polka dots and I love that I see the diamonds first on the blue.

simplydv9 said...

So creative. Love it, so manly.

Pamela said...

Perfect masculine card! I bet your FIL loved it!

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Sue D said...

Great background you made for this masculine card.

Kristen said...

Such a cool effect! Happy Birthday, Dad!

JoyfullyOrange In Heaven said...

Thanks for explaining the chalk ink! I really didn't know it gave such depth to images, especially on darker paper.

Blessings, Deborah

Anne Gaal said...

Hi there! Terrific masculine card! Love the pop of green! :-)