Using the Marbled Background makes guy cards in a snap!  This new addition to the Annual Catalog caught my eye the first time I paged through the catalog.  Whether you use it with one color or many it makes a unique background every time.

marbled background happy birthday

I will add that another essential to using this Marbled Background is our Stampin’ Scrub.  You’ll want a fresh stamp when you change colors to get a background like you see here.  For this background I wanted both colors (Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist) to pop!  First I stamped with the Lemon Lime Twist then cleaned off the stamp.

Next I stamped with the Dapper Denim – but here’s the trick!  When I stamped with the Lemon Lime Twist I placed the card front near the upper left corner of the stamp.  The next time I stamped (with Dapper Denim) I placed the card front near the lower right corner.  This allowed for different swirls to go in different places – showing off each color and how well they blend together.

marbled background stacked greeting

Since this is a card for a guy I needed to stay away from bling and ribbon. I still wanted the card to have depth and dimension. In walks my Fine-Tip glue pen and some vellum. The vellum square adds not only texture but also dimension and focus to the greeting. And did you see how I stacked that greeting? I rolled out three of these Happy Birthdays and used my Fine-Tip glue pen to stack them together.

Now a girl can’t go completely without embellishments, but I think the Enamel Dots in the corners do the trick without making this card the least big girlie. You might be thinking that the In Color Enamel Dots with Dapper Denim are gone – is she using retired product? Nope. I used the Island Indigo dots from the Regals collection that is still in this catalog. Dapper Denim is a darker, richer color than Island Indigo, but it blends fine with just these few dots.

marbled background double stamp

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Hope your week is off to a great start! Linda