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Welcome to another Fabulous Friday! Today’s card was created for a special former coworker who has a birthday next week. I always struggle with masculine cards, and like everyone else, take to Pinterest all the time when I need some inspiration. That’s when I found this technique. Very simple to do, but with a lot of wow factor. Here are the measurements for this card:

  • Card base in Chocolate Chip                   8 1/2 x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Wood Textures DSP                                 5 1/4 x 4″
  • Crumb Cake                                             Cut with the largest square from the Stitched Shaped Framelits

To create the faux leather I took a piece of Crumb Cake and run it through the Big Shot with the stitched square framelit. I thought the stitched effect was perfect for the look of a specialty piece of leather. First stamp the image (I’m using the boots from the Country Livin’ Stamp Set) with Chocolate Chip ink. Once that’s dry, pull out your pierce mat or a piece of foam and a stylus and trace your image. You want to use enough pressure to make a deep embossed effect on the cardstock, but not hard enough to poke through. Then you want to sponge. You start with the Crushed Curry ink and sponge the entire piece of card stock. Pay particular attention to the edges so that in the end it will have that burnished effect. Then sponge the Pumpkin Pie, making sure to sponge the edges but leave some of the Crushed Curry peaking out on the face of the cardstock. Then sponge on the Soft Suede. You want to really sponge on the boots with this to not only color them, but to make the embossed lines pop. When you’re satisfied with the amount of ink, go back to the Pumpkin Pie and sponge the top again. This will really make it pop, almost like the shine on real leather. Then take your Chocolate Chip ink and sponge the edges and close to the edges to really burnish the cardstock. Here’s a close up so you see the effect of all the colors and how the embossed areas really show.

Now to create the tear effect on the designer series paper. Take one of your Aqua Painters and fill it with rubbing alcohol then paint on some on the edges of the dsp. The alcohol helps loosen the fibers of the dsp so that you can make a straighter tear. Plus the alcohol dries really fast and doesn’t give the paper time to warp. Do this to all four sides of the dsp. Then sponge of the edges with Chocolate Chip to give it a burned look. You want to make sure you cover all the white edges. Then stamp your birthday sentiment, this one is from the Better Together Stamp Set, and adhere to the Chocolate Chip card base.

For the lariat, I used some of the new Jute Twine in the Holiday Catalog. PERFECT for that rope look. I cut off about 5 inches and looped it like a rope, then cut another little piece to tie a knot and give the look of a lariat. I took the Multipurpose Glue and added it to the back of the “rope” and adhered it to the top left corner. While that was drying, I added some more to the back of the “leather” piece. I also added some dimensionals double stacked to stabilize the cardstock and added it over the rope. I didn’t add the dimensionals in the video, but realized afterwards it really helped hold it in place. To finish it off I added a couple of the star Metallic Enamel Shapes. A pretty cute western card! If you missed this morning’s video, you can see it here on my youtube channel. While you’re there, please be sure to subscribe.

Like what you see? You can order all of these supplies by going to my online store here. The Wood Textures DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale going on through October 31st, so now is the perfect time to get yours. When you place a $35.00 order (before shipping and tax) I’ll send you a pack of handmade cards all ready to mail out. If your order is $50.00 or more, I’ll include a free embellishment. Everyone loves to get happy snail mail!! If you really want the best deal in the catalog, $125.00 of product, anything you choose, for just $99.00 plus tax and FREE shipping!! Yep, I said FREE shipping!! Then you will get all your future purchases at a discount!! How can you go wrong?? And there’s no obligation after that, you don’t have to buy another thing. But why let a good thing end? Just head over here to check it out. Trust me when I tell you that it is a decision you won’t regret!

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