A builder's card

It's clean up and catch up mode at my house today.  I've cleaned my craft table, drawers and cupboards (heaven forbid ... now I won't be able to find anything!!), caught up on my paperwork, made up the bed for the new baby and am now about to pack my hospital bag (nothing like leaving it to the last minute!!).

With the arrival of my dad and his wife later this afternoon, I thought it was now safe to show the card I made for my dad, who also celebrated his birthday last week.  As my dad is a builder (albeit now semi-retired), I saw this perfect card over at the blog of Lynn Pratt.  She had made a card called 'Father's Day wrenches' with the assistance of scissors and punches.  I thought it was perfect and decided to make it too.  Click here to see the original card.

It's funny but I only read her instructions about making the wrenches and not the rest, but it wasn't until I just linked this post to hers, that I realised I had even used the same technique for the aluminium foil layer.  Guess I'm just not that original :0)!!

Anyways, I better show you what I mean:

And a side view without the reflection in the aluminium foil layer!

Here's what I used:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Papers: Basic Black, Basic Grey & Whisper White CS
Ink: Basic Grey
Other: Big Shot, Diamond Plate Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug) & silver brads 
Punches: Circle (various sizes), Oval (various sizes) and Small Tag

As you can see, I didn't make any bolts on my card.  I just couldn't get them to look right.  Anyway, maybe this will give you an idea for masculine cards ... it certainly has my mind ticking!!

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