Guy Birthday in Silver & Wood

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #392, whose optional theme is "Metallic Madness". 

I took the metallic theme to heart with this one with three layers of metallic papers and/or embellishments. The card base is a 9 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of Stampin' Up! (SU) Early Espresso cardstock, folded in half. The layer that forms the mat for the SU "Wood Textures" pattern paper is a heavy silver cardstock from Recollections (Michaels). [A tip on saving this more expensive cardstock is to cut a square out of the middle of the silver layer smaller than the wood pattern piece so you can use it on other projects.]

Since metallic cardstock is often hard to get things to adhere to it, I used double-sided Scor Tape to attach the wooden pattern paper to it. The smaller silver mat behind the sentiment layer was die cut using SU "Stitched Shapes" dies.

The sentiment is from the 1992 SU stamp set called "More Great Greetings". It is stamped using SU Early Espresso ink onto SU Crumb Cake cardstock. before I glued it to the silver die cut mat, I adhered s square of chipboard to the back so the panel would sit slightly higher. Using chipboard instead of foam strips helps keep the small panel from being crushed or wrinkled during mailing.

The sentiment panel was decorated with screw brads that I cut the 'tails" of, then glued to the panel with Mini Glue Dots. The panel was also embellished with a tiny screwdriver that was die cut from silver and SU Island Indigo cardstock. It was glued on with Tombow.

I think this will make a good masculine birthday card for one of my brothers. I am rating the difficulty level as a "2" out of a possible "5".

Stamps: SU More Great Greetings
Paper: SU Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Wood Textures DSP, Island Indigo, Recollections Silver, chipboard
Paper Size: 4 3/4"x 4 3/4"
Ink: SU Early Espresso
Accessories: SU Stitched Shape Dies, Recollection Brads, Unbranded Tool Dies, Scor Tape, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots
Techniques: Die Cutting