The original card for this Theme Thursday came from one I’d done for a “For the Boys” class a while back. So I thought I’d try to keep with a more masculine theme throughout. Here is the original:
The card base is Sahara Sand with a wide band of Mellow Moss backed in Basic Black. I did a little paper piercing along the top. I stamped the Linen (now retired) background on a piece of Artichoke cardstock with Artichoke ink. I punched out a black tag and used my horizontal slot punch to make a hole that I could thread some Moss Gingham ribbon through. Lastly, I made a faux metal piece using the It’s All Good stamp set. You check this past post for more information on this great technique!
So, the first variation I came up with was…..
For this first card, I RAN and I mean RAN to my new favourite set, Smarty Pants. This set is just so cool. I stamped the Paisley background in Artichoke ink on some Mellow Moss cardstock and tore the edge. I adhered some black cardstock behind it and tore it too. I stamped the greeting in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and backed it on Basic Black and Always Artichoke. I added a 1″ punched out circle to the right of the block and punched a 3/8″ hole in it with my Crop-A-Dile. I then threaded some Moss Gingham ribbon through the hole.
I turned the card base the other way and laid out the cardstock and it just kinda fell this way. I took my spiral punch and punched down the side of the black cardstock. I then threaded my ribbon through it (I thought this was a pretty cool look!). I took a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the image from Artfully Asian in Versamark ink and embossed it using black embossing powder. I then ran down down to the laundry room and put a little dot of bleach on each “leaf”. I backed this piece on some Artichoke and Confetti white cardstock. I stamped ‘thank you’ from Holiday Blitz in Basic Black ink to finish it off. I really ended up liking this card and I may make a variation of it for a swap for next week….And then…..
Well with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner and using a layout with lots of green, how could I resist? I adhered the strip of black cardstock along the middle of the Mellow Moss cardstock and tied some Moss Gingham around the top and bottom seams. I stamped the parenthesis from Sweet Celebration in basic black and added a few things inside it. First, I used a rub on (lucky) from the Anchored rub ons. I then stamped “U” from Taffy Alphabet in Moss ink on white cardstock and adhered with some dimensionals. Lastly, I stamped the clover from Holiday Blitz in Old Olive ink and added it on with dimensionals as well.
This was a fun one! Easy and basic pieces and, truth be told, the original came from scrap pieces of cardstock!