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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Happy BOTday!

Hello blog friends!
This is a card I created for a recent masculine swap.  I always have such a difficult time coming up with male cards- Why is that?  I should be ok with it, ya know? I have a house full of testosterone, so this stuff should come easy to me but...?
My husband is a HUGE critic, maybe this is why I have such a stampers block when it comes to masculine cards-I fear his comments! LOL
Anyway! on to my card...

The card base is (my usual 5-1/2x 4-1/4) soft suede.  Cherry cobbler,so saffron, and baja breeze are its accompaniments...wow such a fancy word,and I guess I spelled it right(no little squiggly red line appeared!).  I stamped my robot image from our stamp set called Best Bots Forever(shown below) on whisper white CS with staz-on black ink. 
Best Bots Forever Stamp Set 

It is a 2 step stamp so you can build him anyway you like-so fun!!

I watercolored him with our blender pens and the ink from my baja ink pad.  I added a little shadow with our basic gray ink and a bit of cobbler on the meter in his belly with the thin end of our awesome markers! 

I punched cogs from our cog punch on both saffron and baja.  I added the small saffron one directly over the robots body.  I layered a baja and a large saffron cog,my robot image(with a baja mat)  on a piece of cobbler cs.  I then ran the entire piece through my SU! Big Shot with our square lattice embossing folder.  This effect is called inlaid embossing.  I stamped a piece of cobbler with cobbler ink with our A to Z stamp set(not too visible in pic-oops) then punched out with our decorative label punch. I cut this and added the bigger portion under my large cobbler piece.  I added an edge of our baja glass glitter with tombo adhesive and adhered that piece under my lil wheelie robot.
Lastly, I stamped my ruler from our Sew Suite set (available in our occasions mini cat until April 30th!)in black ink on saffron cs.   I cut this image out and sponged it with suede ink.  I then cut my ruler in half.  I added a silver eyelet to hinge the two pieces together.  I wanted it to look like the wooden rulers that hinge and expand.  I don't know why but I always loved to play with my daddys ;)!!  He could probably have built a robot with these tools?
And I almost forgot the finishing touch of course is the cute little saying "Happy Botday!" stamped in cobbler on my daddys ruler!  I adhered my ruler on top  and the cobbler image to my card and he's all done!!
Hope you enjoy!

Until Next Thought,