This is the birthday card I made for my brother-in-law. I have a hard time coming up with masculine designs and it took me a few tries mixing various colors and components. There'll be plenty of other opportunities to perfect masculine designs with Father's Day next week and my other brother-in-law's birthday coming up next month.
I incorporated more new items that will be available from Stampin' Up in July. The background paper is called Newsprint and the first thing I thought was I needed to make the paper look old and aged. Something about newsprint, I guess. I even went as far as contemplating burning the edges a bit, but with my luck I'd probably set the house on fire. So I settled with just a touch of roughing up (or shabby chic'ing) around the edges of the background paper. With the vintage feel of the newsprint, I gravitated towards a "vintage" set called Puns From the Past. The Grateful For You stamp is very appropriate as my BIL has helped me around my place a LOT by playing Mr. Handyman. Thanks for building all my bookshelves to hold my collection of cookbooks!