I needed a birthday card for my son, Derek, who is turning 25 on April 1, and I was just dying to try some new techniques (and tools!), so I looked up this week's challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. I discovered that the technique challenge was de-bossing, which I've never tried, so I had a look at the sketch challenge and decided if I turned the sketch on its side I could combine the two.
De-bossing is easy! You stamp your image on vellum, heat set it to dry, then turn it over and trace the outlines of your design with an embossing stylus. You can also fill in areas of your design with markers, watercolor, or blender pen if you wish.
Here I used the Like it A Latte set for the images, then the Small Sayings set for the greeting. I used one of my brand-spanking-new cuttlebug folders (distressed stripes) on Close to Cocoa cardstock for the horizontal layer. Mat corners are punched with the Square Steps corner punch. Ink colors used are close to cocoa and cameo coral, CS colors are close to cocoa, baroque burgundy and mint melody.
Now that the card is finished, I'm thinking maybe it looks a little feminine for a 25yo man ~ what's your opinion?