Rustic Retreat Manly Birthday Card

   Hello crafty people and welcome to a new week! Did you have a fun weekend? We seem to be having a heat wave right now so I have been avoiding going outside until it gets dark. It has been hard to sleep at night too. I absolutely can't sleep when it's hot. How about you? I am just so wanting for Fall to start as it is my fave season of the year. Here is my card.....

     If you ask most stampers/crafters one of the hardest cards to make is one for a man. For some reason manly cards often elude us, because for one I think most stampers are female and do the majority of card giving. But I think this stamp set would be perfect for the "Outdoors" man in your life. You could even do Christmas type cards too.

     I wanted to keep the outside feel to this card so I decided to use the Birch stamp on the background then to heat emboss it with white. I also embossed the bottom layer with the Corrugated Embossing Folder for added texture. I wanted to keep the embellishing to a minimum so I just added some Braided Linen thread and Metallic Pearls in Gold.

     I wanted to deer to be more realistic looking so I actually went online to look up some pics of them. Most are dark on top and lighter underneath so i went with that. I also made a mask of the deer so I could stamp the tree line behind it. To do this I just stamped the deer on a post-it over the sticky side and then fussy cut it out. Then I stamped and colored the deer.  I placed the mask over the top, stamped the tree line, and then pulled the mask off. Tip: I keep the mask in the stamp case with the stamp so it is there for me to use again if I want to.

     I kept the inside simple with just a birthday sentiment and the tree line. You don't need much more for this manly card and I think it would be perfect for the outdoor man in your life. If you would like to purchase any of the items I used for this card I have listed them all down below, just click on any of the pics to be taken to my online store.
     Thanks so much for coming to my blog today. Remember if you would like the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog and you aren't working with another demo, I will gladly send you one. Click here to email me. Have a great day!!!
Hugs,

Julie

Here is what I used to make this card.....
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