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4/12/2016

Penny Black The Garden - Birthday

Good afternoon and this is another scheduled post. Trying to get a couple posts ahead, and keep up with the comments that I'm so blessed to receive, and get back over to _your_ blogs and gather up some wonderful inspiration.

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There's a special birthday coming up at our house, and I'm trying to work on another card. BUT...if I don't get it finished, or if it's a real wart, I think this one will work. I did this effort after seeing a Julie Ebersole Hello Monday video and liking the results.




- Penny Black The Garden die cut from watercolor paper, using the Sizzix Precision Plate (couple of passes and the bits came out fairly well. This one is _very_ intricate). With the Precision Plate, I did not have to say any unkind or unpleasant words when removing the bits...oh Happy Day.

- DI paints (a NBUS..I've collected the colors of the months and never used the first paint or stain!). Used blues & Citrus Green - trying to leave some white space. This does NOT show up nicely in the photo, but looks quite pretty IRL.

- Wood grain embossed white background under the overlay (doesn't show in the photo either, and not all that great IRL, could just as easily have skipped this step).

- MBox - painted happy die - 4 layers - cut from a snippet of same cardstock which made the base of the side fold card. Added glossy accents to the piece after adhering to the card.
(Fun Birthday Sentiments - separated the clear stamps to use part of the sentiment) Birthday stamped in black on a snippet of green dp that complimented the Citrus Green, angled one edge, and called 'er done.

What do you think? Is this too frou-frou for a guy card? It may have to serve as one, if I don't get the 'fer real' one done in time! Our family has lots of birthdays coming up soon, so it will go to SOMEbody in the family :-).

Thanks for visiting today, and ya'll come back. Hugs.

43 comments:

Pat said...

This is extremely pretty Mary with that PB intricate die as the background and love the greens and blues you have used and the 'happy' matches beautifully and you have not overdone the embellishments so I think it would work well for a man. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful card, Mary! I'm no good enougth to make male cards, but in my opinion this isn't too much frou-frou for a guy: the colours are bright but not too much sweet and in my mind green and blue are masculine colours :)
Your diecut is really very intricate! Love it and the blended colours you used. I can see the woodgrain embossing on the left top corner, and I like it! It's very pretty under the diecut!
Great idea layering the sentiment, and with the glossy accents it pop out so well!
I think that the recipient will love your card!
Hugs

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous colours and love the die, also a great idea with the sentiment, I never think to layer them.

Kath x

Sarah said...

This is beautiful Mary. Love the intricate die and it really appeals because of the gorgeous colours that match my summer wardrobe!! Whoever receives this card will be very lucky indeed!! xx

Veerle said...

I think this might work for a guy Mary. I like your greens and blues and I actually do see a bit of the woodgrain embossing. When I enlarge the photo I see it top left corner but not a lot of it. I think you are right you could have skipped that step :-)
But your card is very beautiful, love it.
Hugs, Veerle xx

Redanne said...

It is an absolutely stunning card Mary and I think it would work perfectly for a man. The Spellbinder's die is gorgeous! So pleased that you used your DI's, I really love their fluidity!.

Just to answer your question from earlier, I have only ever used the Structurizer and/or Powertex. I think that the Powertex may be available in the US but I cannot be certain. It is very, very messy but lots of fun!

Hugs, Anne xx

Barb said...

It looks beautiful Mary. I really like your die. It is certainly very intricate and sounds no trouble to cut sounds good to me. I love the bright colours and really like the way you have done the sentiment. The different fonts and different colours look really striking. Barbxx

jimlynn said...

You did leave white space and it's beautiful! Love the colors for this. Someone is going to get a very special birthday card for sure.
Lynn

Carol L said...

This is one amazing birthday card with all of the colors and design you put into it! Is it too frou-frou for a man? I'd say perhaps, but any man who receives this should appreciate all the work that went into it - frills or not!

Andrea W said...

Terrific colors and I really like how you added the sentiment. Very pretty!

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Mary. I love the colours and I think they would suit a guy, as well as being perfect for a female too.

I tried following your blog again, even though I was already a follower, and the good news is your new posts are appearing on the blog's 'reading list'. :-) xx

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! I love the die cuts you used!! The colors are fabulous!! It totally works for a guy card, too!! It's so beautiful!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Susanne Vargas said...

How beautiful! I think it would work for a man, especially one who likes nature! April and May are big birthday months for me too, when I have to sent one card after another...

Greta said...

Beautiful choice of colors, Mary! That die is gorgeous, but I was worried it might be too time consuming to work with. I think your card could be for a guy or a girl.

brenda said...

Such wonderful use of the very intricate die cut Mary and your choice of colouring really brings it to life, a colour palette I might add that I always like/ My Gran always said "blue and green should never be seen" but I beg to disagree as I always think the two colours compliment each other perfectly.

B x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
trying to play catch up on my comments also, as I have had a few hectic days and not blogged.
Wonderful card, and such a very lovely design.
The colours are very lovely.
Sounds like a lot of lovely work involved in this gem.
My hectic month for Birthdays is March.
Did I mention I love your new blog face the last time I commented.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Maxine D said...

What a fascinating card Mary - love all the details and the soft colours
Blessings
Maxine

Kath said...

A lovely card - great design and beautiful colours too.
Kath x

Sue said...

I think the card is lovely and fine for a man.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Olga Fink said...

A gorgeous card and some great colors! I love it!
Xoxo Olga

Valerija said...

Wonderful birthday card. Love the colours.

aussie aNNie said...

I think this card is gorgeous and can work for male or female...lovely colour combinations as well...perfectly put together.xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, your card is lovely, it loos so fresh and crisp with those fab colours. I don't see why a man would not like it, Kate x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is so pretty Mary! I LOVE what you have done with that intricate die . . . how did you adhere it? I always have trouble with adhering intricate dies! I don't think it's too frou frou for a male, it has a kinda shabby chic CAS look going on! Anyone would be pleased to receive it girl! Hope you're shower is sorted soon! Have a good day my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm loving the die cut from watercolour paper Mary good idea to use the die this way, certainly an excellent standby..
Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Petra Swart said...

Love the beautiful bg you created with the die cut and the DI paints, Mary!!! The colours are really lovely and totally suitable for a man, but I think with all the flowers I would rather give this one to a woman!!! Love how you've kept the sentiment small and simple to not distract from the lovely bg!!!!! Beautiful, Mary, and whoever is going to receive it, is going to love it!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Bonnie said...

Love these colors, Mary! The background die is beautiful colored! Love the stacked happy with the contrasting colored banner. I think anyone would love to get this card!

Stampsnob. said...

That bg is stunning of course this would work for a man I know DH would like it a lot .Lis

Sandy said...

Everyone says that they are not good at making male cards. Heck, you know men don't like to talk. Just stamp the words Happy Birthday.
Well you should like the results of your efforts - nice card!
sandy xx

cm said...

WOW! Male or female, someone in your family will be mega-watt smiling when they receive your gorgeous/handsome floral card! I can't imagine any of your cards being *warts* (you make me laugh...out loud!)
Hugs~c

Team Clark said...

This is amazing, I love these detailed dies and how you used such a pretty colorful paper. Gorgeous treasure of a card, Mary! <3

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wonderful card! If I show up in your list at the top seems to depend on what computer I'm on. I re-friended you just now and said to use my Google account. That seems to be more consistent.

pam said...

Beautiful card & colours Mary, love the background.
Pam x

Anita in France said...

Just beautiful, Mary ... love the colours ... your detailing is gorgeous! Man or woman, the recipient will be so delighted with this card! Hugs, Anita :)

Tina Z. said...

stunning card

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Mary! Very pretty and wonderful details! Hope you are enjoying a great week. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, de

Donna said...

This is gorgeous Mary! Beautiful color combination. Someone will be very lucky to get this beautiful card!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Very pretty Mary. Love the effect that you created in the background and the sentiment is very clever! Could definitely be a guy card.

Gerrina said...

I really like the fresh colours and this looks like a fun technique! Hugs, Gerrina

Brenda said...

Wow, I am loving this beautiful card Momma Mary! The colors are so pretty on the overlay, which in it's self is gorgeous. Love the big bold "happy and the black birthday on the green banner, so striking are blue and green together I think, one of my favorite color combos. Happy Birthday to who ever your special card is for! Hugs, Brenda

Rosie Guiher said...

Very nice card Mary! Love the colors and the design.I still havent found my mojo so just been doing a lot of reading this winter.

Donna said...

Gorgeous birthday card Mary and great colors and use of white space. Have a wonderful weekend!

Pia S said...

That is one awesome die you got there! Great idea to color it the way you did too.
Flowers aren't for women only if you ask me, as long as they're stamped or die cut like this I think flowers work for males. But having looked at your newer posts already, you're definitely safe with the vibrant car card. This will come in handy for some other time.