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“For the Guys”….

If you’ve been following my blog, you are aware I am working towards completing Level 1 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. The next class I decided to tackle was “For the Guys”. The instructor presented several ideas to help create cards that are more masculine in nature. I had also recently purchased the Altenew Trigonometry Stamp set, and couldn’t wait to use it!

I decided to start with some of Gina K’s blue denim card stock cut down to 5.5 x 4.25 inches. I then used chipped sapphire Distress Ink to darken the edges, creating a central focal point. I then used the triangle outline stamp from Trigonometry to stamp several triangles randomly on the card front in Versamark Mark ink. I coated those with clear embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle.

I die cut the word happy from Altenew’s Mega Greetings 2 twice, once in Gina K’s kraft card stock and once in Neenah Classic Crest solar white card stock, and adhered those using liquid glue (Stay Put, from Scrapbooking Made Simple), offsetting them slightly. I mounted that on the card front on a slight angle.

From the same Mega Greetings 2 set, I stamped the word birthday on a strip of white card stock in Altenew jet black ink. I mounted that on a slightly larger strip of Kraft card stock, cutting a tail into it to create a fish tail. Using foam tape to add some dimension, I mounted it slightly over the p in happy.

I then trimmed the card front to slightly larger than 4″, just taking a bit off the top and the bottom, and mounted that on a piece of card stock, then on a pre-folded card base.

I am really happy with how this card came out. I like the subtle variation in the dark blue background, and the bit of focus it places on the very large happy. It went together quickly, and could easily be a card created in assembly line style in a few different color combinations, so I have several on hand.

My inspiration for this card came from the geometric options in the class, as well as my own love for geometric cards. It also came from my desire to try some ink blending on colored card stock, something I have never tried before, but like the look a lot. Below are a couple of pictures of my card. My takeaway from this class is this: the instructor presented several ideas that could easily be adapted to fit anyone’s crafting style. Find one you like, and go for it!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I hope this inspires you to go out and create something!

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