Masculine Geared Up Garage Card

I always find masculine cards are the hardest to make, but a stamp set and bundle like Geared up Garage makes it easy for those manly cards.  I’m not sure what it is, but most guys can relate to the images in this set, including the oil can, the nuts (or are they bolts?), the tool box and the old fashioned car.  The part I love the best is the “oil spill”.  This could be also be a paint splatter, or a coffee spill or just a cool background.  And I doubt this is the intention of this piece, but I think the “Happy Father’s Day” saying looks like the sign on a ketchup bottle, which is absolutely perfect for my husband, who thinks ketchup is part of every meal.

This card is a a simple design, but the cool technique on the gears makes it interesting. To create this card:

  1. Stamp several images from the stamp set are stamped in the background.
  2. Emboss the saying with  copper embossing powder.
  3. Create the gear element! See how below.
  4. Wrap a piece of twine around and tie it in a knot.
  5. Add the layers together and add the little embellishment.

I got this card as part of a demonstrator card swap and my favourite part of the card is the gear element. The gears  are cut from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using the matching Garage Gears Thinlits dies.   You can get the gears separately or as part of the Geared Up Garage Bundle.    Then sponge part of the gears with Versamark ink and sprinkle on copper embossing powder and heat set.   Then sponge part of the die cut with Mint Macaron ink, so it has that look that copper has when it starts to tarnish!  Looks so cool and rustic!

I love that the inside of this card is stamped as well.  One of the wonderful parts of creating homemade cards is matching your design on the inside and outside of the card.

The final element on this card, it the little tiny key from the Classic Garage Metal Elements. When you order this elements, you get 8 little keys and 8 little wrenchs.  So cute!!  They attach easily with glue dots. You can see another card where I used the key here.

Come back tomrorow to and I’ll share another masculine card using the Geared Up Garage Bundle.

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