Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card - You're Amazing!

This is the card I made for my monthly swap that I participate in via the mail. There are several people that participate but I only have to make 7+1 which means I make 8 but I will only get 7 back because the +1 will be donated to the military so they can have cards to send back home to their friends and family.

The themes to choose from this month were: Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day,  Get Well, or Masculine Birthday. I could also choose Punch Art - Fall Theme or Food but I haven't delved much into punch art yet. I did however like the challenge of masculine cards and I don't have much in my stash.

I had to consult my boyfriend several times because I just didn't want to go over the top and make it too "feminine". I gave him my color coach and told him to pick some combos he liked. 

He chose Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, and Chocolate Chip. I wasn't so sure about the green and blue together but I thought Stampin' Up put a lot of work into the Color Coach and they wouldn't steer me wrong - right? 

So I kept imagining in my head the color scheme and thought - WAIT! - I have My Digital Studio and can design my card in advance!!! Did you know that MDS is also great as a designing tool?

So I first was inspired by this picture from the You're Amazing board at convention. (Actually my boyfriend thought it was a great masculine non-froo-froo kind of layout!)

Then I went to my digital studio and created a custom sized 5x5 project and made this!

There isn't (as of this date) a digital version of the You're Amazing stamp set so I chose the cute owl from Spooky Bingo Bits which was included in my MDS2+ download. I also chose a birthday sentiment to fill in the block. I decided the color layout would be ok after all.

Then I decided I didn't want to make a square card after all so I converted the project to a standard card size. I moved somethings around and made sure the digital elements were the same size as my stamps from You're Amazing. I wanted to make sure nothing was too crowded! I did add some matting to the banners just to see how they would look, but I opted not to do it in real life. As you can see from the completed card above I chose to use the Pool Party striped DSP from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper Pack, and I sponged around the edges of my Very Vanilla card stock, and colored part of the hat with my Wild Wasabi marker from the Subtles collection of markers.

Every time I use MDS, I fall in love all over again! I love that I was able to design my card on the computer and not waste any paper with different options and I was confident before I started cutting that it was going to turn out just fine. What do you think? I would love to hear your comments!

Supplies used in this project: (click on any image for more information)

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