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Thursday, June 14, 2012

An "a•muse"-ing Father's Day card

Thanks to Chris's recent Amusing Sketch Challenge and ol' Mr Random, I won the gorgeous a•muse studio Polka Dots cardstock set, and since my paper came wrapped in an a•muse studio catalog, I just had to place an order, ha ha! So glad Chris included that catalog, seriously ... she was worried about pressuring me, but as I told her all I really wanted was an excuse! It's so fun working with a consultant, and she really helped me make the most of my buck. I mean, let's face it, I want it ALL.

Anyhoo, I just had to make a card right away with my new goodies! For this, I used the Grass paper and three dies (circle, starburst, banner) from the Cupcake Toppers set (TAD0029).


I used the faux metal technique, Ranger Melt Art ultra-thick gold embossing powder, and a Fiskars stamp to create the medal on the front. I heat-embossed and stamped before die-cutting the shapes (a circle for the front, a small starburst from the TH Rosettes die for the inside). Honestly, I don't ink the stamp at all before making the impression. I do, however, re-heat it slightly to even out the finish.

I wanted to make a Father's Day card for my father-in-law, so I decided on the Clean And Simple style (CAS). This would have looked fine on flat white cardstock, but I wanted to add texture & a reference for the polka dots, so I used my favorite, pre-embossed Tiny Dots paper. Wish I could remember where it's from!

As you can see, I took the photo of the inside of the card after we signed it... I really like how my husband's handwriting looks! Careful Baby, I'm gonna have you writing out sentiments for cards!

I did the stitching on my machine ... I don't really have enough experience with my machine to be doing tiny insets and rounded corners, but that's never stopped me before and didn't this time! I did glue on the buttons, but I hand-sewed them on as well.

Thanks to again to Chris & a•muse studio for the Polka Dots cardstock set (the original version; I hear the new version, Petite Polka Dots, is even cuter, but I find that hard to believe!), and for selling products that I'm loving!

Inspiration/Challenges:
Amusing Challenges: Hot/Wet/Heat Embossing
CAS-ual Fridays #56: Clean And Simple project using polka dots
Cooking It Up With Katie Recipe Challenge #97: Texture a Metal Man! (Add Male theme, Texture, Metal)


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7 comments:

Chris said...

wow!! I never thought of making a "ribbon" like you did with that cupcake set. You could just knock me over right now!! I love all the details (from the polka dots, to the embossing, and that handwritten card on the inside). Love this!

PS. Thanks for your kind words...shucks!! :)

Michele Gross said...

Love the textured dots and that button panel is sooo cool!! Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jenny said...

I just love the button band down the edge of your card...A polka dot shirt is a fab idea :0)
The stitching looks brilliant.
Thanks for joining in the fun at CASual Fridays this week :0)
Jenny x

Kimberly said...

What great use of your dies! I love the polka dot ribbon with the stitching! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Patrice said...

Great Father's Day card...I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup again this week!

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/06/52-card-pickup-week-24.html

E.T. said...

fabulous!

Penny said...

beautiful clean and simple project, thanks for sharing with us at Cooking it up with katie