Tuesday, August 3, 2021

65th Birthday Guy Card

Hello, my lovely blogging friends! I hope your week has been going well. Yesterday did not go well at all for me health-wise, but today has been peachy! 
I have a lawyer friend turning 65 and made him this card. The minute I saw the QKR Stampede digi called Weighing a while back I snatched it up for this card. I ran across the gorgeous American Traditional Designs patterned papers I used quite by accident. I was at a loss as to what papers to use, so I grabbed my "A" paper file holding my 12x12 papers alphabetically by mfr. And there they were. ATD's A Guy's Life collection, from 2005. Ha! 😜😎😊
I used SplitCoastStampers Sketch SC383, resizing it to 5x7 in PSE. I actually followed this one almost  to the inch...almost. There are stamped books in the sketch's white focal section, just in case you didn't notice it because of the bear. 😉😊
Ok, so white Recollections heavy card stock base and all the mats as well as the sentiment band was colored by moi using Distress Ink-blending. And the reason why was that I had no fabulous card stock color match to the patterned paper in any shade, really, and I wanted a dark gray-blue with hints of green. And so I made my own. I wanted a sedate, professional, respectable look for the scene surrounding my goofy-looking attorney bear. I used an Impression Obsession books background stamp for his law library and used a die cut Avery Elle seal to mat his age numbers (numbers were cut with Lawn Fawn dies). I actually used 2 of the die cut seals, layering the gold-painted one on a bare white one. I did use a kinda goofy looking Clear Dollar sentiment stamp heat-embossed in white, but other than that, the bear and maybe the bright orange, it looks like a lawyer's office. Well, at least the ones I remember from my work days.
For the inside, I used CAS-ual Friday and Fiskars sentiment stamps on the left. And on the right is self-composed sentiments in PSE and printed out on white Springhill card stock, then ink-blended with DI's before stamping. I used a Crafters Companion Die'sire nested die shape set called Stacey, but to make the shape less feminine, I used them upside down and I like them! 😂
On the back, more of the same papers, a hand-stamped siggie mashup with Clear Dollar and MFT stamps cut with a Clear Dollar label die, and in the middle an Impression Obsession stamp, Versafine Clair Twilight ink cut with a smaller die from the Stacey set. The white Springhill card stock I stamped and die cut  was inked before stamping with Distress Inks.
I always try to snag of close-up of any bling, shimmer, shine or glitz, so here's this. I used a metallic silver colored pencil on his tie clasp, white embossing powder on the sentiment and Gold Wink of Stella on the scales and on the seal die cut. The bear was colored with Promarkers and fussy cut.
And a final view. Thanks for visiting today and until next time stay well and craft on! xoxo

2.   QKR Stampede Challenge #425: AAG -- #1/3 Used QKR digi "Weighing"  
3.   Color My Heart Color Dare #425-Photo Inspiration -- #1/xx I chose the blues and greens and oranges, gray of the bark.
6.   Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 30: AAG w/Colouring -- #1/2 I colored the bear image and numbers with Promarkers, the seal and scales with gold WofS  and all the card stock mats with Distress Inks.
13. A Place to Start August 2021 #8: What's Your Style? -- #1/8 Well, I am eclectic and have many favorites depending on the project and my mood, but I've used one here that I use a LOT: Clean and Layered, using a sketch, collection patterned papers plus stamping (and a little ink-blending for a bonus). Also, I guess since so many people remark about me decorating my card backs and/or insides, that's a definite fave of mine, to cover every surface of the card when I can. Is that a style? I think so. :-)


brenda said...

What a fun card and that image so perfect for a lawyer, many thanks for sharing and joining in with our 'Celebrations' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Manal Habib said...

This is an adorable card, a great masculine make too!
Thanks for your entry at scrapping4funchallenges.

Manal DT

dj said...

wowsers...there were alot of challenges represented in this card. You nailed our "shades of blue" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

I got such a kick out of this card, and your explanation. Even giggled out loud when I read your paper was old. I don't tend to hold on old 12 x 12 papers but I do have 2007 BasicGrey 6 x 6 when it was all the rage. You couldn't have had a better background paper.

Your lawyer friend is going to love this card. How could your lawyer friend not!

Dawn Phillips said...

this is such a fun card. Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cardz4guyz. Love Dawn x

craftytrog said...

A fabulous guy card Aimeslee, your friend will love it!
Glad you're feeling better today.

Pamela said...

such a fun birthday card with all the shades of blue, someone will be really lucky to get this birthday card. Thank you for playing with us at C4G

MortiCraft said...

Super card with lots of detail. I’m sure your friend will love it. Thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

R's Rue said...

What a cute card. Your friend will love the card. I’m sure of it. Have a beautiful day.

Jolanda Johnstone said...

What an eclectic collection of elements used. I am sure that your friend will be really pleased with this card! Thank you for joining us at Cardz4Guyz. Cheers, Jolanda - DT

Michelle said...

Wow look at all that detail! So colorful, too. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

Susan Renshaw said...

Great card for a 65th.
Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
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Jackie Cornfield said...

This has come together beautifully!
Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious.
Good luck, we all hope to see you and your wonderful creations again!
Stay safe and well.
Jackie DT member.

Linby said...

You've certainly put a lot of thought into this card and it shows. The details are wonderful and I am sure appreciated by the recipient. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Aimeslee, what a fabulous card, there's so many wonderful details with this fun image, I'm sure your Lawyer friend will appreciate this and all your thoughtfulness.
Hope you're feeling OK now, things are slowly getting back to normal here.
Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.
Avril xx

Shawna said...

What a fantastic card I love that little bear perfect for a 65th birthday. I'm sure your friend is going to love it. Thank you for joining us at CMHCD.

pinky said...

What a perfect image for the recipient! Love your card inside and out! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

MS Kraft Store said...

Great card.
So cute card. Love the sweet kangaroo.
Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapping4funChallenges.
Hope to see you again next challenge.
Owner ~ MS Kraft Store
DT ~ Scrapping4funChallenges
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ahlers5 said...

Wow, another stunner with such perfect layers.

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Great card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Wendy DT Member for https://creativecrafterschallenge.blogspot.com/

Vandra said...

I often find it tricky to create a masculine birthday card but I think you've done a great job. Love the colour choices. Thanks for joining us at Colour Dare Challenge, I hope you can join us again soon.

Helen said...

Fabulous! I'm sure it was appreciated.

Thanks for joining us at The Colour Crazy Challenge.

Helen x

Monica C. said...

That bear is brilliant! I love the background you have created here and all the elements.
You could share this card with us at Crafty Chefs, it has both requirements of this recipe - die cuts and a sentiment.
Hugs Monica

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Hi Aimeslee, doing my DT comments and lovely to see that you are in my list. I hope to be visiting more often asap. Hope all is well and Arthur is behaving?.
Anyhow it's your card that has to be the bestest I've seen for an age, so much fun and perfect for your Lawyer friend. So many wonderful details and the insert is as fabulous as always as is the back. Love it as I love all your work. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this week. Good Luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith A DT

Chana Malkah said...

Your friend is simply going to love this card! That image is beyond perfect! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful project with us at A Place To Start!
Chana Malkah, Owner

Chana Malkah said...

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