One of my favorite challenge sites is Retro Sketches, and I'm just getting Challenge #88 posted under the wire. Once I saw the CASE Study challenge #165, though, I knew I wanted to create a card for one of our good male friends. The gray and black color combination of the CASE Study inspiration seemed perfect for a masculine card. Here are the challenge inspiration and sketch:
In addition to the color combination, I like the polaroid frame in the CASE Study card. I substituted a sentiment banner for the bow since I was creating a masculine card.
The layering follows the Retro Sketch pretty well, too. All the patterned papers came from a 6X6 paper pad included in a Studio Calico Card Kit in February. The polaroid frame is one of the frames included in Papertrey's Fabulous Frames die set. I hand cut the sentiment banner, but used the Count Down Die cut for the smaller banner, trimming off a bit to layer two patterned papers. "HAPPY" was die cut with the Headliner alphabet, and the Wonderful Words: Birthday die and stamp finished it off. All the dies are from Papertrey Ink.
Here's a closer look:
Cardstock: True Black & Smoky Shadow (PTI), Bazzill textured from scrap folder
Patterned Papers: Studio Calico
Dies: Fabulous Frames, Wonderful Words: Birthday, Headliner Alphabet, Count Down banner (PTI)
Stamp: Wonderful Words: Birthday