I used the Gears Stencil with assorted inks to create backgrounds for my cards.
My first gears background uses Old Paper Distress Ink for a light effect.
My second background uses Aged Mahogany Distress Ink for a rich effect.
My third card uses Forest Moss Distress Ink for a darker effect.
Mix up the colors to create any number of backgrounds. Using Lawn Fawn dies, I then die cut the panels to fit my cards. Using the Tape Runner, I adhered the stenciled panels to coordinating cardstock panels, then added them to cards.
For card #1, I used Heartfelt Creations stamps to create a masculine card, fussy cutting the stamped image and adhering it to the background with brads. Going for a birthday theme, I added Happy Birthday to the center of the card with foam adhesives for dimension.
Card #2 uses the same gears stamp and a different sentiment. It was also added to the card with brads. The sentiment gives you a reason to look inside the card doesn't it?
In this current environment, I thought this interior sentiment says it all, don't you?
My final card is a little different as I wanted a friendship card. I just added a few brads to the gears background, then added the sentiment across a piece of corrugated cardstock.
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