Here's another masculine card today featuring the Feather Together Stamp set.
There are several things on this card that suggested its use as a Masculine card: . . . the natural imagery of the feathers and the burlap ribbon. And very little "bling". Well if you look closely in this next photo you'll see I couldn't avoid just a little bling. See the sparkle on the feather? I LOVE my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and use it all the time to add just a little sparkle lots of projects.
Sponging Effects: In this close up you'll also notice the sponging . . . both around the edges of each feather piece and lightly over the whole feather piece. This helps make it stand out from the background (which is the same color paper) and gives it a more natural look. And speaking of paper and natural look, I used Vanilla Paper, not white on this card.
The Voice of Experience: if you want to try sponging you'll need an art sponge - NOT a kitchen sponge. You can try paper towels but a kitchen sponge is too rigid and hard. I take the round ones Stampin'UP! sells (see the product list below) and cut them into 6 triangles. One package of sponges then gives me 18 sponges - which I keep and re-use.
People often ask me what kind of stamp sets a beginner should buy and my answer is a standard 3: *a versatile sentiment set, *a good flower set, and because we live in Wisconsin, *a good snowflake set. But I also suggest that when something unusual comes along to snap it up while its available. We don't often get a feather set so I'm saying if you like it, get it while its here. And if you like feather imagery then keep watching my blog this week. I recently spent a few hours playing with this fun set and have a whole bunch of samples to showoff.
Here's the Product List for this Feather Trio Card
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Thanks for Stopping by: Take a minute and browse previous posts. If you see anything you like I'm happy to help you get the product or just to consult and explain further how the project was made . . . its all about having fun with our hobby.