Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nerds Rule - Handmade Plaid Design

It's almost birthday time for my nephew, who at 25 years old, will enjoy the nerdy card. He is quite the clever young man but reserved and soft-spoken. He lives in Florida so has learned to sail and has been taught to use certain tools toward that end. It takes an engineer's mind to be good at sailing so I chose to make my card toward that end. I stamped the inside of the card to say, "True brainiac, Just saying... Happy Birthday". I know he'll love it!

The design was inspired by the CASE This Sketch Challenge #164 and the colors were inspired by the Can You CASE It? Color Challenge #113. I also knew that it was time for the Masculine Inspiration Challenge at Always Playing with Paper #66. This is still a new challenge for me but I have followed Lesley Croghan's artwork for quite some time.

A note about the colors: I do not yet have a complete set of Spectrum Noir markers, so the colors selected for the plaid design are as closely matched as possible to the challenge colors.
After viewing a You Tube video HERE, I decided to make my own plaid
background paper with alcohol markers and I'm happy with the result. The card base is Kraft cardstock, topped with an offset panel of cardstock. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and a leftover strip of the handmade plaid. Another panel of white cardstock was offset and adhered, then the background plaid was added. The pencil was stamped then colored with gray and tan markers and tiny lines added to designate the shape of the pencil. The pencil was layered on two pieces of card stock, fussy cut and adhered using foam to pop it up. The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut, then adhered to two die cut circles and added to the card.

Please visit the challenge blogs at CTS164, CYCI113 and APWP #66 to join in the fun!

Techniques: Handmade plaid design, stamping, sponging, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Basic Gray, Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Smoky Slate
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

CTMH Materials:
Stamps: "Geek Is Chic"

Other Materials:
Cardstock: Kraft card base (and envelope), Spectrum Noir
Inks: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers


  1. That's awesome Melanie! My husband is a nerd too, so I love that sentiment. :) great colors and your background turned out perfectly!

  2. Wow! I love your plaid! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  3. Oh, this is so fun! I love the plaid! Great take on the sketch!

  4. What fantastic plaid, Melanie ... cool colours and such a fun sentiment pocket with the background 'pencil'! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Challenge! Anita :)

  5. Heehee great card fro your favorite nerd! Bravo!! on a fantastic background!


  6. Great masculine card, CAS and handsome. I'll need help from you on creating a masculine card this next week....pleasssse

  7. Oh, love that stamp, I'll have to check that set out. Awesome design, love the plaid! Thanks for joining us at CYCI this week! AJ

  8. A very fun card! Love the plaid and large pencil! Thanks for playing The Challenge!

  9. Wow .... what an impressive plaid background! Wonderful work! Hopefully your nephew will appreciate the skill this beauty required!