I started off by dabbing a little Black Soot Distress Ink onto my craft sheet and mixed it with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste to create a gray paste. I used the custom embossing paste color with the My Favorite Things Equalizer Stencil on a panel of black cardstock. I actually misplaced the stencil and it ended up slightly crooked....but it was exactly the shade of grey I was looking for and I knew if I tried to replicate the color I'd be unsuccessful. So I just decided to go with the flow and off set the whole card! ;)
While the embossing paste was still wet I sprinkled it with a little silver glitter but the pieces seemed too big and wouldn't stick so I sprinkled it with silver glitter embossing powder and it stuck! I never heat-set the paste, just let it dry naturally! While it was drying I stamped the 'Have a Rockin'' sentiment from Keep on Rockin' onto a piece of white cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I fussy cut that into a fishtail banner, die-cut the word 'birthday' from blue glitter paper and adhered it to the banner.
Next I stamped the music note and equalizer bars onto white cardstock and heat-embossed it with blue embossing powder. I fussy cut them and adhered them on and under the sentiment. Then I attached that to the stenciled panel. To finish the card I cut a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than an A2 card and matted the black panel onto to the white cardstock at an angle. Then I offset that panel and adhered that to the black card base.
Masculine cards definitely aren't the easiest for me but I think this one will be perfect for it's intended male recipient! :)
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