I Have Seen The Writing On The Wall
The most asked for cards seem to be masculine cards. This isn't necessarily due to an abundance of men, rather a market over saturated with feminine/kid's cards. Today's project is a simple, yet bold, card which takes just minutes to make and is perfect for the birthday boy in your life.
This is the first card I made using the brick embossing folder and Happy Birthday Thinlit (so you'll be needing your Big Shot for this one!) I started with a base of Crumb Cake and added a mat of Basic Black. For the top layer, I ran the Crumb Cake CS through Big Shot with the Brick Embossing folder.
Fun tip: Spritz your cardstock with water or alcohol to break up the fibers before embossing. This will get you a clean, deep impression every time! Be careful not to soak your sheet!
Just Add Color
Now that you have your texture, it's time to add color! You'll need daubers because sponges are harder to control here. I used 3 ink pads; Cajun Craze for that great red-orange brick color, and Soft Suede & Crumb Cake for dimension. I used Cajun Craze all over, and the neutrals sparingly.
Since my goal was to create a graffiti style card, I added some splatters from the timeless textures set. For the actual graffiti I used the Happy Birthday Thinlit.
Fun tip: If you haven't used the adhesive sheets yet, treat yo self! They make the intricate cuts a breeze to attach. You'll want to crank your sandwich through the Big Shot 1-2 extra passes, then simply peel and stick to your design.
Before sticking my "graffiti" down, I sponged Lemon Lime Twist on top of my die cut. I used the sponge here for the sprayed on look (the sponge layers dots, where the daubers create a smoother, solid finish)
The finished result is a simple card with major wow factor. Head on down to the comments and let me know where you find your inspiration for more masculine cards!