Well, so much for coming up with a MASCULINE birthday card for my brother! The more I worked on this, the more feminine it became. I actually started with Always Artichoke as the card base, then Early Espresso, but once I used Bashful Blue, that was it. And no other ribbon color looked as nice as the blue either. I tried artichoke and espresso, but the blue, to me, was just perfect. I do think the grass stems are appropriate for a masculine card; my colors just went off into the weeds (no pun intended). 🙂 An interesting detail about this card — the stems were stamped in Always Artichoke ink and then I went back with a River Rock marker and highlighted each stem. I also overstamped the stems in VersaMark ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder so the stems have a glossy, dew-covered look.
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (Textured), Paisley Petals DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Black StazOn, VersaMark
Accessories: Metallic Brads, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Scallop Circle Punch (punched a template and used it to sponge Bashful Blue ink on main panel to create “clouds”), Bashful Blue 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig