Thursday, November 3, 2011

ABSC#43 - Happy Birthday!

Today is my brother Louis' birthday!  When I was thinking about what kind of card to make him, I saw the sketch challenge on the Annabelle Stamps Blog and thought it would work.  Obviously, the card had to be masculine......so I decided to start off with this Hero Arts key stamp.
I won a paper pack of Tim Holtz distress core'dinations - so I cut a square piece that would fit the stamp and used sandpaper all over it.  Then I stamped and embossed the keys with clear powder. Once that cooled, I started adding Distress Inks to the image and the keys popped.  I added a few layers and brads and finished it up with a Lawn Fawn banner and a PTI sentiment.

Here's the sketch, but you've got to get your entry in by today!!




Thanks for your visit!

12 comments:

Kathy and Lucky said...

This is great, the keys look like they are part of the paper. Love the rich colors almost like a leather. Awesome job with the sketch, I just cannot do sketches they just intimidate me :) Have a great day, heard the weather is a bit nicer.

Kylie said...

LOVE your card Maria!
What an AWESOME card for a man and I simply love all your vintage keys and with your 'Happy Birthday' banner...Just Perfect!!!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Take Care,
Kylie X

Audrey Pettit said...

Great card, Maria! That key image is just perfect for a masculine design. I love the emboss resist you did and love the neutral color palette. The bits of white really pop with the neutrals, and I just LOVE that. :)

Sue W said...

What a striking card Maria and just perfect for a male!
Thanks for joining us at AnnaBelle Stamps this week.....Good luck!

Olga said...

gorgeous, love the key stamp!!!!

Anonymous said...

nice card but i am curious as to why, when you posted my card, you didn't say something like "obviously it had to be masculine"?

Gina said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! the rich colors make it a perfect masculine card too. Happy Birthday to your brother!

Virginia L. said...

Hi Maria, I really like how you used this HA stamp! The design is perfect for a guy! Wish your brother a happy birthday, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

jimlynn said...

Very elegant and stylish for a masculine card! Wonderful way you did the "keys". Know your brother is going to like this Maria.
Outstanding!
Lynn

Sandy said...

Fabulous paper, a great male card, and they are so hard to come up with ideas at times, You've pulled it off - lovely!
Sandy

You can view my card here

Monica said...

WOOOOOW! Super card... love the colour combo and the sandpapering looks great. I have this stamp as well... must remember to use it. Thanks for inspiration.

xxx Monica

Cheryl said...

This is a fabulous card! I really like how the keys look. It almost looks like DP.

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