Extreme & Grunge 16 (for Her)
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Extreme & Grunge 16 (for Him)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, my sister-in-law asked for birthday cards for her twin granddaughter and grandson who are turning 16.  I thought I'd use the same stamp set for both cards; but change the tone of the cards to reflect a masculine or feminine feel.  You've seen the feminine card--now here's the masculine card.  As I did with the feminine card, I did some blog searching to find design inspiration.  This card uses design elements from cards by Angela McKay and Annette Elliott.  I really like how this card turned out!

James_BD
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This card begins with a card base of Not Quite Navy, the edges sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A panel of River Rock cardstock was adhered to a panel of Cajun Craze cardstock; the edges of both pieces of cardstock sponged with their respective ink colors.  The argyle pattern image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped all over the River Rock cardstock using River Rock ink.  A piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper was adhered to the top area of the River Rock cardstock leaving 1 3/4" of River Rock cardstock exposed at the bottom.  The group of stars image from the Extreme Elements stamp set was stamped across a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon and adhered across the transition between the Well Worn Designer Series Paper and the River Rock cardstock with the ends folded over and adhered to the back of the Cajun Craze cardstock.  This panel was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was embossed with the Houndstooth Textured Impressions embossing folder in the Big Shot, the 1 1/4" square punch was used to create the banner tails, and the cardstock adhered to the center of the panel with the right edge flush with the right edge of the Well Worn Designer Series Paper and the end of the banner tails approximately 1/4" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The focal point begins with a piece ofFirst Edition Designer Series Paper die cut with the 3" circle Originals die and the Big Shot.  Stamp images from the Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets were randomly stamped on the circle using Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and Not Quite Navy inks.  The edges of the die cut cirle were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The die cut circle was adhered to the center of a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock die cut with the larger of the two scallop circles on the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die and the Big Shot.  The scallop circle was placed on the Paper Cutter and 1/2" cut away.  Then the edges of the scallop circle (and its straight edge, too) were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the scallop circle centered over the Early Espresso banner and the straight edge lined up with the right edge of the River Rock cardstock.  The "Happy Birthday" image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped below the scallop circle, centered across the River Rock panel, using Early Espresso ink.

The argyle image from the Grunge Rock stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using River Rock ink.  The "NO. 1" image from the Grunge rock stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  The "NO." part of the "NO. 1" image was punched out with the 3/4" circle punch, the edges of the punched cardstock sponged with Not Quite Navy ink, and adhered near the left bottom area of the scallop circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "1" and "6" numbers were die cut from Cajun Craze cardstock using the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits dies and adhered to the right of the "NO."  The guitar image, from the Grunge Rock stamp set, was stamped with Not Quite Navy ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered at the top of the "16" using Stampin' Dimensionals.

James_BD_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock matted with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock, the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using River Rock, Cajun Craze, and Not Quite Navy inks along the bottom edge and extending up the left edge of the liner.  A piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper with the top edge punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and the scallop edge sponged with Not Quite Navy ink was adhered to the bottom edge of the liner.  The stamp images were randomly stamped across a slightly smaller piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper with the top edge punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch using Cajun Craze and Not Quite Navy inks and the scallop edge sponged with Cajun Craze ink was adhered to the bottom edge of the liner on top of the Well Worn Designer Series Paper.  The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and River Rock inks.  The "REAL" image was stamped on top of these images using Early Espresso ink, punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  The circle was matted with a 1 1/2" circle of Early Espresso cardstock and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The left edge of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with images from the Grunge Rock and Extreme Elements stamp sets using Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and River Rock inks.  The "NO." part of the "NO. 1" image was inked with the brush tip of the Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker and stamped near the lower left front corner of the envelope.  The numbers "1" and "6" were inked with the brush tip of the Early Espresso Marker and stamped to the right of the "NO.".  I found these numbers in a stamp set that retired many years ago.

Like the birthday card for this young man's sister, this card has a bit of work in it, but I think the results were well worth the time invested.

The Extreme Elements and Grunge Rock stamp sets, the Well Worn Designer Series Paper, and the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits dies are all retiring in just a few days.  If you find that these items should be an essential part of your paper crafting stash, now's the time to order them!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.  I hope that in the midst of your picnics and outings with family and friends on this first weekend of Summer that you'll take some time to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the lifestyle and freedoms that we seem to take for granted in the United States.  I'd also like to recognize those that dedicated their careers to Military service and the families that supported them.  Finally, I'd like to thank the men and women who will spend this weekend "standing the post."  Military life is a choice that can be difficult for the service members and their families, but you won't find one that will tell you that they are anything but PROUD to make the sacrifice every single day.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Extreme Elements, Grunge Rock; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock; Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  First Edition, Well Worn; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits, Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die, 3" circle Originals die, Houndstooth Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  1 1/2" circle punch

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Sandi Dailey

Hi Micky!
I so loved your card when I saw it on LNS mail that I had to come to leave you a comment. I can see that you put a lot of work into this design, and IT WAS WELL WORTH IT!! Probably one of the best male cards for this age group that I have ever seen. You rock girlfriend!!

Candace Lawlor

My goodness girl, you have just blown my mind today with these cards. I love how you went to the extra details inside and on the envelope. Absolutely amazing.

Yapha

What an amazing card!! It is so perfect for a 16-year-old boy. This is such a fabulous set of cards, it's amazing what you can do with the same stamp sets!

Brenda Taylor

great job, thanks for playing along with LNS this week

Katherine

ditto what everyone else said - these cards are fabulous!

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