The Paper Players #507


Welcome to September and cooler temps! We have already had a couple of freezes in the mountains, winter will be here soon! I so love the crisp evenings of Fall, but they are very short lived in Wyoming.  Our Fall only seems to last a few weeks before we are in the dead of winter! We are having a new challenge this week at The Paper Players, we want to see your masculine birthday cards!

Living out west, we have a ton of wildlife...so the majority of my masculine makes feature wildlife is some form!  The Wild and Free stamp set is perfect for creating masculine projects.  This set is retired, but is still available to purchase in the Online Only section of my store.  You can purchase the set with or without Thin Cuts dies.


Nothing goes better with wildlife than wood grain and burlap!  Close To My Heart just released an awesome collection of wood grain papers.  The Wood Grain paper pack features 12 sheets of 12x12 paper, 2 sheets each of six double sided designs.  Here is a look at the complete pack-

To create my card, I stamped my elk image in Intense Black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended the pencils out with Gamsol.  I then die cut my image and applied 3-D foam tape to the back for added dimension.  I used a mix of toffee, wood grain, burlap and black for my card base. A few negatives from a wooden arrow finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3709 Wild and Free Stamp Set and Thin Cuts
Z3779 Wishing You Everything Stamp Set and Thin Cuts
X6047 Black Cardstock
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X8017 Wood Grain Paper Packet
Burlap Cardstock-DCWV
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Set
Circle Dies-MFT
Z3552 Wooden Arrows
Prismacolor Pencils

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational-Birthday Photo (wood grains, birthday)
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp-Stamp It

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

12 comments

  1. Those papers are an amazing background for your moose! Cool sentiment too, love it!

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  2. Great masculine birthday card. Love the different layers. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

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  3. Allisa, you sure created a fabulous masculine card. The wood grained background, the burlap and the moose shout guy! The wooden arrows are a perfect finishing touch! Have a great week, My Friend!

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  4. Awesome card, Allisa - so much wonderful texture and dimension!! Love the moose and those little arrow negatives - what a great design element! :")

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  5. Handsome fella and card; I love the texture! Thank you for joining us at INkspirational~

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  6. What a wonderful masculine card, Allisa! I LOVE the texture imparted by the burlap and wooden arrows. And who can resist an awesome moose with wood grained paper? Perfect!!!

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  7. Love this Allisa! PERFECT guy card!

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  8. Yes, that stamp set is custom made for guy cards and the elk you chose to use is absolutely fabulous! The burlap and woodgrain patterned paper is perfect as well! Enjoy Fall while it lasts, it is the best season of the year IMHO!

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  9. Love all of the textures on the papers and the elk image is so cool. I especially love the fun detail in the stamped sentiment.

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  10. Love the woody, country feel to your masculine card Allisa - a proper man's card with that statuesque elk too! Enjoy fall whilst it lasts!

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  11. Great design with the elk coming out of the circle and you are right, burlap and woodgrain is a classic combo that looks fantastic on your card. Thanks for joining in at Inkspirational Challenges.

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  12. A design with a wooden feel and blend of textures, perfectly masculine. Thanks for sharing your creation at Inkspirational.

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