The second was that my 7 year old son has finally lost his training wheels and started to fly solo (there is a higher power for sure!). His success this weekend prompted this little card to celebrate his success. I find masculine cards hard to make. I keep wanting to add a rhinestone or use a punch, but that slides me way too far to the girlie side fast! I think the key to guy cards, though, is simplicity.
For this card, I started by stamping some open circles in Old Olive on the card base to resemble wheels. I punched a simple border with one of my MS edge punches and stitched some striped DP on top. Stripes are always good for guys and a little stitching is still OK (more to come on the stitching...). I inked the bicycle stamp with Old Olive and Basic Black markers, stamped on Whisper White and cut the image out with a nested die on my Sizzix machine, with a layer of Bashful Blue and Black to frame it. The greeting was stamped, cut out using a nested die and sponged with blue ink while the die was still in place to leave a neat white edge. A little orange ric rac and a black button and it's done! My little guy was so proud of his success and that he got a special card for it!
I don't usually sew on guy cards, but I needed to find a way to add some stitching so I could use my new present from Santa- my first real sewing machine! I have been sewing since I was 5 years old, made my wedding dress and train, drapes, baby bedding, etc, but this has all been done on the Kenmore machine my mom bought 2 years before I was born and I took with me to college. Let's just say that that machine is more than 40 years old, has about 6 built-in stitches and needs oil now and again!
It was easy to impress me with all the electronics out there, but in the end I decided on a Janome Memory Craft 6600 with 390+ built-in stitches, 4 alphabets, and so many great features- too fun! I can't wait to use some of the decorative stitches on cards- oh yeah, and fabric!
Hope you have a great day back at your regular grind!