happy father’s day!

bcc061613Okay, sometimes I cheat.  While I do enjoy the challenge of a more creative card, sometimes I just want something quick and easy, and the craft world is now full of some amazing tools that can do all the work for you.  My new Sizzix Vintaj Big Kick is one of those.  (This version is marketed as more of a jewelry-making tool, but it’s exactly the same machine as the regular Sizzix Big Kick / Big Shot – just with a different paint job.)

This card was made with a Sizzix Bigz die by Tim Holtz, called Old Jalopy.  I figured it would be perfect for a car-loving dad I know.  I must confess that this die was a bit different – one that looks better with some embellishing.  I’d like to practice with it a bit more, but for my first use, I just added some brown ink to the lighter parts, to add a little “age” to it.  Manly “guy” cards are still a struggle for me, but Tim Holtz makes some great products for guys.  I added three brads for some interest – metal always seems to work on guy cards.  Some inking around a “rustic” piece of torn patterned paper, a simple banner with the sentiment, and it’s good to go.

One quick note about the sentiment… don’t be afraid to use your own writing.  If your hand-writing is less than perfect, try printing, or all caps.  And write it out lightly in pencil, first, to get your placement right.  Then go over it with a nice pen.  You can erase your pencil marks afterwards (*after* the ink dries… and yes, I learned that one the hard way).

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Father’s Day!

Products used:  Bazzill cardstock (base and car), Basic Grey Granola patterned paper, Sizzix Bigz Tim Holz Old Jalopy die, Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banners die, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Sakura Glaze black pen.  (Brads from my stash.)

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