With four each of 12 different double-sided designs, you are sure to find one that is exactly right for your masculine-flavored card.
The classic set Lovely As A Tree (page 137) is the perfect complement to the wood panels.
Embossing the tree adds to the elegance, but doesn't take away from the masculinity of the card.
To further the wood concept of the card, I used the Woodland embossing folder (page 211) for the narrow Soft Suede edges of it.
While the die I used to cut the retired sentiment is no longer available, there are many other combinations of die and stamp that would work equally well.
Lovely As A Tree stamp set
Soft Suede cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Stitched Shapes Framelits (page 214)
Woodland Embossing Folder
Black Embossing Powder
Black Dots (I used those that I made myself from Enamel Accents)
Striped Ribbon (this particular ribbon is 1 1/4" wide)
Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Soft Suede cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Run a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Soft Suede cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Woodland Embossing Folder.
Wrap a piece of 1 1/4" wide striped ribbon around the side edges of the embossed piece about an inch or so from the bottom, taping the edges on the back. Glue this piece to the card base.
Rub a 3" square piece of Very Vanilla cardstock well with the Embossing Buddy. Stamp the tree in VersaMark ink. At the Heat Station, cover the stamped image with black embossing powder, tipping excess powder back into its container. Heat to emboss.
Die cut the embossed tree with the 2 1/2" Stitched Shapes (circle) Framelit.
Rub a scrap of Soft Suede cardstock well with the Embossing Buddy. Stamp sentiment with VersaMark ink. Repeat the embossing process with black embossing powder. Cut out with the appropriate die.
Space evenly onto a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of black cardstock four 1" x 3" pieces of the woodgrain DSP. Glue the circle flat onto this, while using a few Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the sentiment.
Add three black dots to the right below the sentiment.
Adhere this piece to a 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
Attach this to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals at each corner and one in the center.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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