Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Manly Birthday Card using Cricut Songbird

A week or so a go I sent out a reverse challenge--where you all challenge me and here is my first challenge answer.  I have to admit it is one of the easier ones since I have a heavy manly hand when it comes to most cards so I thought it was win win--a challenge answered and one I feel good about!  LOL

Here is the Challenge from Ann:

Ann said...

I would like to have you do a manly birthday card!
Mstgane
Ann


My answer is as follows
















Here I used my gypsy to lay out the card and its layers on my mat.  This card is a top note shape from Cricut Songbird that was welded together
Here are my papers placed on my mat and I have already cut them

Here I removed the cut pcs and you can see the layers

I have used Chai ink from Paper Trey Ink to age the edges of the inside layer
I used a lighter color here so you could write a message
















Here is the finished cards.  Base layer was a solid brown that I used the herringbone cuttlebug embossing folder on the front for texture and than layered some SEI pattern paper, topping it off with a solid brown (same as the base) that I heat embossed with a birthday sentiment. 
















Here is a close up of the card so you can see how the papers work together.  The striped paper also has some foil printing that matches the antique gold embossing on the top layer.  I used a white envelope from SU and inked the edges with the same Chai Ink from Paper Trey Ink to tie it all together.  
Challenge 1 down--29 to go.  I would love to see your take on this challenge--post a link to your blog or online photo in your comments--I will make sure to visit all links! 
Thanks for stopping in and don't forget to make it a great one!

29 comments:

  1. Bryan,

    I love your "manly" card!!! :) It's funny; I always seem to use the Herringbone or Diamond Plate Cuttlebug Embossing Folders when making cards for men.

    Hope you have a great one, too,

    Jennifer

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  2. Brown is my favorite color, so this card is perfect! Thank you for sharing the gypsy picture. I have thought about getting one, but being new to papercrafting I wasn't sure. After seeing how you have it all drawn and the paper on the mat at the same time, it sure does seem like a necessity. Thanks for sharing. I have been learning lots!

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  3. This is a great manly card. I love the colors and how simple you kept the design.

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  4. This "manly" card is spectacular. My father's birthday is coming up and brown is his favorite color. TFS

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  5. I love the SEI papers. This is so fab. Have a great 4th of July.

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  6. The colors are wonderful and I like how you used the same shape for the whole card. Fantastic!

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  7. WOW!! This is a great card...those papers are perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  8. Love the colors and testures of this manly card - beautiful!

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  9. Love the layers and the gold embossing for the sentiment! Handsome card!! :)

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  10. Great color choice and love all the patterns and textures!

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  11. Love this card. You have great "manly" ideas!
    Thanks for sharing
    Susan

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  12. I would love to make this but wonder how easy the Gypsy is to learn to use. I tend to skip over the computer designed ideas because I don't know how to use the products. Is there an easy one to learn? They all look like they can create awesome layouts, but if you need a couple weeks to learn to use it, then I'm not sure if I would invest in something like the Gypsy or the Sure Cuts A Lot or Design Studio. Thanks for the great card; my dad's bday is in July!

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  13. Great card. Love the use of the top notch. I did something similar for my FIL for Fathers Day. www.chris-craftsbychris.blogspot.com

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  14. Just came across your blog and I am liking it so now I am a follower with you, please come be a follower with me at http://craftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com/ and my fan page please hope to see you, enjoyed your video also thanks for sharing :)

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  15. You passed the first challenge with flying colors!!

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  16. Wow, any man would be so pleased to get this beautiful card. I love all the brown papers and the Cuttlebug embossing. Okay, you've got your work cut out!
    Mary Ann

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  17. Bryan loved the card and all those layers.

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  18. Nice manly card!Oh!!!How I wished I had gypsy*********Nice job TFS

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  19. Just when I thought no one actually reads the blogs I see my name in brint and you met my challenge with "flying colors." Thanks, now if only I could win some of that blog candy, it would be great. LOL
    Mstgane
    Ann

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  20. I really like making Masculine cards Bryan... it's all about the paper! And yours came out Wonderful! I got the Natural stack from DCWV and I think that helps enhance the masculine cards..... Thanks for Sharing! :) Have a great day!

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  21. i really love the layering here and so cool that the card is a welded top note. sweeet!

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  22. Very manly, but I like it too :) I always have a tough time not making my cards too girly for the men in my life...I really like this idea, thanks so much for it.

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  23. LOVE the card! You are just so talented and fun. TFS and can't wait to see what you come up with next.
    Candice J

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  24. Love the brown card embossed with the herringbone Cuttlebug. Great idea!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Donna

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  25. I love this card. This design would be great done in any guy colors.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

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  26. Hi Bryan,

    Stumbled upon your blog from Aspiring to Creativity and when I see "guy" I always scramble to the blog because we male scrappers are a rare breed!

    This card turned out great! You now having me wonder if I should invest in a Gypsy (I believe Michaels have them on sale!)... I'm a cardmaker... don't do layouts, so just wasn't sure if the Gypsy would be used that much. You make it work. :)

    Take care and keep scrapping!

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