Masculine cards are not as common as girly cards so I wanted to share this birthday card with you. I love this patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket that I bought a couple years ago; the patterns a colors are great. I cut a few different size rectangles and layered them at different heights using dimensionals. The yellow mesh strip is actually drywall mesh tape that i snuck from my Dad's garage to provide a unique and interesting element. My white card base seemed a bit too stark so I used a bit of blue shimmer spray to add interest and tie it in with the patterned paper. Last but not least, I added a screw head brad to highlight the sentiment and make sure it didn't get lost in the busy patterns.
PaperCrafts Magazine puts out some fabulous special issues. A recent one, which I think will prove to be one of my all time favorites, is Card Design Handbook. As someone who has never taken art classes, I am so excited to have a guide like this!! Anyway Cath has challanged the followers of her Moxie Fab World blog, of which I am a HUGE fan, to try out some of the concepts taught. The card I made today is for the Gallon/Quart/Pint challange. I went with a clean and graphic style for this one, and used the cute little heart-filled gumball machine from a long retured Stampin' Up set.
Hopefully I be able to find some time to enter some of the other challanges too. There are five in all, and the deadline is Monday the 24th so I should be able to challange myself with at least one more this weekend :)