Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Masculine birthday card using Autumn Splendor

Well, what a wonderful Easter weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful time filled with sunshine. We decided to take a trip to Somerset, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world when the sun is shining, and we're all slightly tanned and very well-rested!

When I came back, the unpacking had to wait while I took a peek at the Less is More site (yes, I am a true Limette!) - and here's what I've come up with for this week's challenge: an 'off-centre' card.


Oh I do love an asymmetric card - and I also love the new Top Note die, so it was a great opportunity to use it on the side of my card front for a change! If you visit my blog sometimes you might recognise the sponged and stamped scene from here. Well, I had one left over which I thought would work well today. Waste not, want not as they say!


When Stampin' Up's mini catalogue came out last April, the stamp set I absolutely HAD to have was Autumn Splendor - I loved those stylised leaves! I was so pleased when the set made it into the main catalogue as most of the items in the mini are only available until the end of September, and although I've just about managed to stop myself from using these leaves on everything I make now, they certainly still make plenty of appearances!


Courier is one of my favourite fonts ever, so I was delighted to see it featured in the Plane and Simple stamp set. There are three useful sentiments - happy father's day, happy birthday and thank you. I chose the birthday one for this card, stamping onto Whisper White card stock, cutting it out and attaching it across the scene like a piece of journalling. I finished by adding a couple of staples, which I rather like as an embellishment on a male card.

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut a piece of A4 Bravo Burgundy card stock in half vertically. Score and fold in half to create a card base.
  • Run a piece of Not Quite Navy card stock through the Big Shot using the Top Note die. Trim about 2cm off the side of the shape.
  • Sponge and stamp a scene on a 6cm x 7cm piece of Whisper White card stock (see here for details) and attach to the Top Note matt.
  • Stamp a sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock using Bravo Burgundy ink. Cut out into a strip with your paper cutter and glue across the Top Note and the scene. Add two staples and and glue to the card front.
  • Stamp the leaf onto Whisper White card stock, using Old Olive ink, and cut out using sharp paper snips. Add a touch of Early Espresso to the stalk with a blender pen and then wash over the leaf area with an aqua painter. Attach the leaf to the card front with dimensionals.

Supplies
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Plane and simple (plus nature-type stamps for the scene)
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Card stock: Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Other: Top Note die, ordinary staples

There we are! Now the important things are done, I suppose I'd better go and unpack the bags and get the laundry started! (But I shall be sneaking back and enjoying a look at everyone else's take on off-centre from time to time...!)

Thank you for coming to see my card today - I do appreciate your visits and comments and emails. I'll be back again tomorrow and would love you to join me if you can.

33 comments:

  1. Fab card and LOVING the colours

    Kathyk

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  2. Your stamped panel is beautiful, Vicky and your layout very creative.

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  3. Gorgeous colour combo... love your stamping skills :D

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  4. Oh, I just love everything about this card. Wonderful for the LIM challenge! TFS
    Cheers, Karen
    alteredscrapbookingdotcom

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  5. Fabulous as ever Vicky
    Agree Somerset is lovely, as are the cream teas...bet you are much too much of a good girl to have had one!
    Thanks so much, great to see you
    mandi
    Diva LIM
    Less is More

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  6. I love your colour combo and card shape, both are so different. And the little staple detail. A xx

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  7. "Less is More" wouldn't be the same without your fab submissions Vicky.... thanks for yet another super one!
    I love the foliage stamps you used on this one as well as the main leaf!
    Just terrific!
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  8. Fab card Vicky, I just love those sponged scenes you make. I bet your break in Somerset was lovely in the weather we've had :)
    Jenny x

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  9. Wow I have these stamps but they never look that good on my cards ! This is simply perfect, such gorgeous colouring too.

    Marie

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  10. Gorgeous as ever Vicky. Love the colours and the leaf is perfect. Sounds like you had a fab Easter break.
    Lynne xxx

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  11. Just a beautifull creation not able to play along as we are still away in Yorkshire and we love somerset too and the weather has made the holls great for everyone Luv Sue x

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  12. Great card, lovely colours. Carol x

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  13. Love the composition, Vicky. Lovely male card. x

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  14. Super card Vicky, that leaf really is fab. x

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  15. Hi Vicky, so pleased you had a great time, I love Somerset too:0) Your card is so very pretty, beautiful colours too:0) xxx

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  16. Hi Vicky...me again. I've left an award for you on my blog, hope you like it. I wont be offended if you don't want to pass it on, just wanted to let you know how good your blog is :)
    Jenny x

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  17. Absolutely lovely asymmetric card, and, like others have said . . . love the colour scheme too!

    Thanks for leaving me comments . . . had to laugh at the "kill 2 birds" one . . . good job my 2 chooks can't read isn't it? LOL!

    Hugs, Sandra

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  18. Fantastic colour combination! Love ur cards, they look like a painting to me! Have a great day, Janna

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  19. Stunning stunning card, so very beautiful and every element is perfectly coloured and placed, wow! :-)

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  20. A lovely card Vicky, I love the extra detail of the staples - just perfect! Sarah xx (Glad to hear you had a super time in Somerset)

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  21. Wonderful colors you've chosen Vicky. Perfect for a masculine birthday card.

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  22. Simply wonderful...and so perfect for a guy!! I love that leaf stamp, might just need to check it out!

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  23. Vicky, these colours are so beautiful and vivid! I really love the asymmetrical layout.

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  24. This is a wonderfully elegant masculine card, the colours work so well together.

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  25. This is a gorgeous card Vicky, I love it. I've never been to Somerset, glad you enjoyed Easter there. Jo x

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  26. Fabulous as always Vicky, another stunner well done , glad you had a nice restful Easter too :O) Viv xx

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  27. another super stunning creation xx

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  28. Gorgeous card, Vicky! Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. Beth. xxx

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  29. love the bold colour choice and texture of the card-stock - great design too.

    thanks for sharing

    Sarah at 182

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  30. Love your card composition and bold colours. Lovely stamping, too.

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  31. Vicky - this is a lovely card, super colours!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x