The other day I bought a set of the new Papermania Nostalgia car stamps. If you're a member of the Docraft forum you may have seen the thread about them, and be aware that there was a problem with the mini cooper in the set. Anyway, my main reason for buying them was the vintage car, so having discovered that I had one of the faulty sets I took it back and swapped it for a set by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions which included this image, which I actually like even better. I've come to the conclusion that one of the reasons I usually struggle with men's cards is that I try to put too much on them, so this time I decided right at the start to keep it simple and this one came together really quickly - result! I stamped the image with a dark brown ink and decided that it looked a bit stark on basic white, so stamped a part of a scroll stamp around the edges, and then smudged it with my finger to create a more 'vintage' frame. The cogs are a BIGZ die which I love for men's cards. I crackle glazed one of them to add a bit of texture, and added some eyelets with the aid of my crop-a-dile to the other one. I really like this tool as it makes it just so easy to fix eyelets in place - so much so, that I added some more to the corners of the brown card which I embossed in the Big Shot (sorry can't remember whose embossing folder it is). The birthday sentiment was in my stash, and I added the 'wishes' whose letters were stamped individually, and then given the same 'smudge' treatment as the frame. I think that about sums it up.
As always, I hope you like it, and thanks for visiting.