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!

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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  1. 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!! :)

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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

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


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