Good morning and welcome to the Classroom! Today I have a vintage masculine card to share.
Although I liked the floral background for my focal image, it seemed a bit too distracting and overwhelming. I sponged on a thin layer of canvas paint to tone down the background; you can see the before and after in the picture above.
Here I've stamped the bird and branch in Adirondack Espresso ink; the paint underneath muted it more than I expected, so I used Versamark to overstamp the image and emboss in clear embossing powder to add some sheen and texture. You can also see where I used the bracket die to cut the wood and its mat before stitching it to my card front. (Both the die and the sewing machine worked well on the thin wood veneer.)
The focal image still needed something, so I chose the frame stamp and stamped and clear-embossed it in the top left corner, adding tea dye distress ink on top to make it show up.
My little corner fragment wasn't enough to make the focal image really pop, so I added a couple of Vintaj Brass corners--I love that brass! Yes, I put a bow, but it is tiny--hopefully acceptable, even on a guy card.
In contrast, I had used the same Urban Tapestry stamp set and bracket edge die on the card above with an entirely different feel. That's why we love our stamps, right? Thanks for stopping by the Classroom today!