Saturday 28 September 2013

Football Men's 70th Birthday Card

This week's card combines a Men's Football 70th Birthday card with a review of the new Loopy Lace Verso Die Set and Punch from Tonic Studio's.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Crafter's Companion
Tools: Tonic Studios Loopy Lace Die Se, Loopy Lace Border, Grand Calibur, Cameo Silhouette
Colouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Momento Ink Pads, Versamark
Paper and Card: HOTP, Neenah, Stardream
Embellishments: Buttons, Metal Corners, Pearl Gold Embossing Powder

Despite this die set being named Loopy Lace, I actually don't think that it's overly froufrou or feminine, so I've used it on a Men's Birthday card (which I find can be a bit tricksy, don't know about you?).

The largest die in the Loopy Lace Die set is approx 11.5cm x 14.5cm, the perfect size to be a frame for many stamped images.  So if like me, you love to stamp your card's focal point, then this die set will prove to be very useful.  I cut the oval of stamping card using my Cameo Silhouette, so was able to create the perfect match for my die cut frame.

This birthday card was a commission for a 70th Birthday Card for an ex-West Ham footballer.  I wanted a football themed image but something a bit fun, not just a football shirt or boots, and Crafter's Companion's Popcorn Bear fitted the bill perfectly!  It has been stamped onto Neenah cardstock and coloured with Promarker Pens.  I also 3D- decoupaged the football, so it looks like it's in-flight.

The medium size die makes a super frame for a sentiment or message, and makes a lovely change from a scalloped circle! And the coordinating border punch is so easy to line up, as per usual from Tonic.  Here I've punched along the top and bottom of an offcut of Startdream cardstock.  You can also see here clearly the difference in result from die cutting (which also gives an embossed finish) and punches (which give a flat finish).  

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the 70 from claret coloured cardstock from my stash.

I don't have a lot of gold-tone embellishments in my stash (and by not a lot, I think I mean none!) - but I wanted something to "finish" the corners of this card.  So I took some white metal star corners, dabbed them with Versamark ink, covered them in pearl gold embossing powder and heat set them (be careful if you do this too, the metal gets very hot under the heat gun, so I did this on my Tonic Glass Mat and left it to cool for a good 5 mins before touching them).  It needed two layers of pearl gold embossing powder to completely hide the underneath colour, but I like the old-gold finish - not too glitzy.

Here's one final peek, I think Tonic Studios have "hit the back of the net" with this lovely die set!

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  1. A perfect card by the sounds of it and those dies are being added to the wish list for sure!

  2. WOW!! This is wonderful. I love the cute image, gorgeous colours and the new dies look amazing
    Sue xx

  3. I love how you used these dies...this is a great image, very well coloured.

  4. What a great card - hope he likes it!

  5. These dies are gorgeous. Love it x

  6. What a cute card :D

  7. Love all the die cuts - super card
    Linda x

  8. Very cute birthday card. I love bear. Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.

  9. Gorgeous card, so sweet...Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  10. Great card! Love the sweet bear image, fab dies and masculine colour combo! Thanks for joining us this week at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  11. Great card and a super image, thanks for the tutorial as well!

  12. What a fabulous card and I love the frame too, it does finish the card off perfectly x

  13. This is such a fun card, great image & lovely colouring.
    Thank you for joining in the LEJ Designs challenge, good luck, we hope you will join in future challenges x

  14. What a fun card! I love the teddy bear. Thank you for playing along with us at UIT!

  15. Lovely image, sweet card. Thanks for playing along with my challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.
    Love n hugs

  16. Cute image great diecuts thanks for playing along with us at Clear it Out Tuesday

  17. great male card love the image and beautiful die set-late hopping
    Carol x

  18. This is wonderful! That ball looks like it's coming right out of the page! Thanks for joining us at Cameo Creations Challenges. Julie, CCC DT member

  19. the strong, masculine colours & those dies are fab! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  20. fab card and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz


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