Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Graffiti Thanks

Hey Peoples! I got a day off today and decided it was high time I got around to making my 13 y/o's thank you cards (yeah...I know his b-day was the last of May!!! Time REALLY does fly in this household!!)

Anyhoos!! I find that the stamping world is pretty girly.  Seriously.  Lots of flowers, swirls, cutesy hearts, cuddly bears.  Even the "tween" sets tend to be girly with cute little hearts over the lettering or smiley faces.  This does not work for teenage boys.  Especially 13 y/o boys.  This is an age where one is trying to discover what is considered cool.  Edgy.  MANLY, but not "old", like all the adults in your life.  After some trial and error, I hit upon a design that got a "that's cool" from the kid himself.



This is a OLC (one layer card) with the base being Gina K's pure luxury white card stock.  I am finding that I cannot use any other paper as it just seems so flimsy!!.  I ran the top folded card through my Big Shot with T!m Holtz's Textured Fades "Bricked".  Yes, I think that this may become one of my favorite backgrounds!!  I then sponged over the top randomly with Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.  I stamped the "Thanks" (name on the stamp says 1994 Annette Allen Watkins) at an angle over the brick with Archival Jet Black ink.  Then I stamped the different elements from SU's Extreme Elements randomly using Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Barn Door and Fired Brick.  Wah~Lah!! Edgy and cool!! My youngest, who is 9, said to me:  "Mom, you are sooo creative!! You know how to think like a 13 y/o!! LOL!! Guess that means I was successful in my design! Supplies:  Paper:  Gina K's Pure Luxury.  Stamps:  SU's Extreme Elements, Thanks from LSS.  Inks:  Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Barn Door, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Archival Jet Black.   Accessories:  Big Shot, Tim Holtz's Faded Textures "Bricked"

Thanks for dropping by again today!! I'm off to finish these cards and the laundry!! I hope you all find the time to explore some CREATIVITY in your day!!

9 comments:

Cynthia said...

Oooo!! I just bought this embossing folder TODAY! I LOVE what you did with the graffiti idea!!! Thanks for some inspiration!

Beate said...

Starla, this card is perfect for a teenage boy thank you card. I LOVE it!
Hugs and smiles

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh this is fabulous. you are really one cool mom!!!!

i hope if and when you decide to ever write a book (which i really think you should) i have dibbs on an autographed copy because i'll be first in line for you. you write wonderfully! you could be the next erma bombeck! you ALWAYS make me giggle!

hugs :)

Rachel D said...

Oh my word, this is fantastic! I don't think I could reproduce this in a million years if I tried. Glad your son like it. :)

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Starla, your decision on the embossing folder is a good one! This is such a nice look for a teen boy! I have been eyeing this folder but I haven't purchased any yet!

Carolyn King said...

that is a great card!!! i know my dd would love it (she hates flowers and girly stuff!)
Very very cool!

Amber (bambi64) said...

Too cool. Looks like a folder I'm gonna have to have.

Sally said...

Wow! Fantastic card Starla, my 16-year-old son was very impressed! I love your creative ideas and have signed up to follow your blog, Sally x

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Starla, this really is a great card. I love that embossing folder, but never would have thought to use it for graffiti. Too cool.