Woohoo! This is my final card in the Level 1 classes in the Altenew Educator Certification Program. This class is called For The Guys and can be found in the Altenew Academy.
So, this was quite the challenge for me for two reasons. First, most of my Altenew stash is flowers, well because I love flowers, and Altenew's are beautiful! I just don't think a card with flowers is very masculine! Haha! Second, my main takeaway from the lessons of this class is that masculine cards are generally CAS and non-fussy. Well, if you follow my card making at all, you will know that I rarely make a card with those features!!
So, after going through my Altenew stash, I settled on this oh, so cool Cube Builder stencil. I've only used it a couple of times and thought this just might work!
I taped the stencil over my 80# Neenah Solar White card stock and used a Ranger Distress Blending Brush to add the ink. The back of the packaging shows you how to use this stencil. It's very easy and you just ink the first color, lift up the stencil (clean off the ink!) and flip it over, then ink the second color. Done!
The most fun part is lifting up the stencil after inking the second time! Magic!!
For the sentiment I used Altenew's Happy Die. I cut it once in 110# Neenah Solar White. Instead of searching my card stock stash to find a color to match, I swiped the Lagoon ink pad directly onto a scrap piece of card. Once that ink was dry, I die cut the Happy again. I glued the Lagoon colored die offset to the back of the white one. I also stamped the word 'birthday' from the Birthday Builder stamp set in the Lagoon ink and cut it into a banner shape.
I'm very pleased with how this came out. I've learned that a card doesn't need to be fussy or sparkly to be quite pretty!