Geared Up Birthday

This card is an inspiration Design Team card for our new Double Trouble Challenge #58 "Gear It Up for the Guys".  Our three-part challenge is to make a masculine card, include something round, and also post on our partner's site Use Your Stuff where they are requiring a masculine theme as well.
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Furnace foil tape is wonderful to work with since it will emboss with even the most fine detail. Since it's sticky on the back, I attached it to black card stock so my Sizzix dies wouldn't cut through it when I ran it through my Big Shot over a rubber embossing mat. I used five different gear dies from the set and placed them on the foil so that they interlocked. After embossing,  I wanted it a bit more rustic than super shiny silver, so used Stazon ink and rubbed the pad directly over the embossed image, then wiped it down with a paper towel to soften the contrast a bit.  While the photo shows there are red areas on the foil, those are an artifact of the foil and camera. In person the foil is varying levels of shininess. 

The horizontal craft cardstock mat behind it was created by inking up the inside of the front of an embossing folder with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then running it through my Big Shot inside the "steampunk" embossing folder. I trimmed it to size and matted both this panel and the foil embossed panel with black cardstock.

The final step was to create the "tab" at the bottom of the main card elements by stamping the sentiment from Stampin' Up! (SU) "Itty Bitty Greetings" onto craft cardstock, then die cutting it with a Spellbinders label die. I used the next size up label die to cut a mat out of the silver foil. These were attached together with double sided Scor-Tape since glue doesn't stick all that well to foil.

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5". If you are an experienced card maker it would be a "2". I think it makes for a great masculine birthday card! 

Join us at Double Trouble to share your creative talents making masculine cards with us!

Stamps: SU Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper: SU Kraft, Basic Black
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Nashua Furnace Foil Tape, Darice Steampunk Embossing Folder, Sizzix Tim Holtz Gears Thinlits Dies, Scor-Tape, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Spellbinders Labels One Nesting Dies
Techniques: Die Embossing, Inked Folder Embossing, Die Cutting


  1. Clever ideas and techniques on your card, Donna! Great masculine vibe, too.

  2. Your foil embossed card is beautifully handsome... and you say it's a 3 but I think I would need to do a 5 on this with all the techniques you used.

  3. Awesome - love the "roughed up" look of those gears!

  4. Donna, I like your card a lot, and interesting how you made that top panel, similar to mine but yet totally different technique!

  5. Wow Donna! The furnace foil tape is really cool! Great masculine card!

  6. This is a beautiful masculine card! You used the same technique as I did and we both used lots of gears - great minds think alike! I'm thrilled to be a Crazy Cousin this month!

  7. Fantastic male card. Thanks for joining us at UYS


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