Thursday, April 17, 2008

Michael's Birthday

Today is my nephew's birthday : ) !!! Happy Birthday Mikey (I still get to call him that). I have a tough time making man cards in general, but Mike is a city boy, very classy, works for a big investment firm, so forget all my favorite stamps...all those cute little critters & flowers, and my sister says no glitter! Yikes, what's left? After giving it some thought (and shedding a tear about the no glitter rule)...this is what I came up with. Clean classic lines, bold colors and just a touch of shimmer. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but I used Shimmery White paper for the sentiment and the other white layer is Vellum on top of White. I used the Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink pad for the sentiment and it gave me just the crisp, sharp black image I was looking for. I'm really, really liking that ink. It does require some drying time, but it's worth it to me (got it from Joy at Eclectic Paperie). Those elements, combined with the reflective silver star and paper piercing add just the right amount of texture and interest to this simple card. If you double click on the photo, you should be able to see some of those fine details : ) ! This turned out to be a really fun card to work on and I got to even got to pull out my neglected small star punch. I need to use that more often, I really like it, but always reach for the flower punches....habit!

I'm off to Corvallis to see my girls : ) !!! Going to bring some stamped images and Copics with me to play/color while I'm there!

Supplies for Mike's Card~
Stamps: It's all good
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White, Vellum, non-su reflective silver Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Black brads, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, small Star punch

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it : ) ... Psalm 118:24

11 comments:

Emily said...

Nancy, I love this! I got that stamp set when it came out, but I don't think I've even used it. I love the simplicity with all the layers. TFS!

Flossie's Follies said...

this is such a great card, love how dream is inside the I in BIG. Great colors.

tonya said...

Fabulous card!!! So clean and very classy!! Great job Nancy!!!

Nancy Riley said...

Really cool card, Nancy! Love the clean, lines and contemporary feel!

Sara in WI said...

Wow! This is so incredible! Just a very contemporary, clean, sharp card! Now why can't I ever think of something like that? (That's why I read blogs, I guess...heehee.)

Lori Barnett said...

Hey Nancy! I love this card! I wish the brilliance ink would show up better on pics...that ink looks really cool!!

Also, I listed you on my blog for an award. Go on over to my blog if ya want to check it out and play along :)

Lori Barnett said...

I forgot to put the direct link address to the award:

http://www.loribarnett.blogspot.com/2008/04/recipe-for-arte-y-pico.html

3 Brats said...

I am also nominating you for the award. Just goes to show you how talented you are!! Your cards are simply amazing and I would like you to know that I have nominated you for the Arte y Pico Award. You can check out the details on my blog.
http://3brats.blogspot.com
Missy

Jackie said...

Perfect man card! I'ts very masculine and I love the strong color combo!!

Tiffany said...

Great card! I love the black, white and red together!

nancy littrell said...

Very sharp and classy! Perfect for your nephew. TFS