I was going through my card stash and ran across an old card that became the sketch inspiration for this Blue Ribbon card. I made this card for my husband for father’s day. Using the card design sketch and the color coach to choose a masculine palette this came together very quickly.
This is the card that acted as the design inspiration. With the Blue Ribbon card I covered the front panel completely with the ‘best’ ribbon. I also left the corners square on the tab for a more masculine effect.
The design of the blue ribbon makes it super easy to put together with coordinating punches. And I’ve used this stamp set a lot for masculine cards this year. It tends to lend itself to a masculine design. You can see how I punched out this star burst in Early Espresso with the scallop punch here.
I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock card base. When I want to add ribbon around a portrait oriented card I cut my cardstock at 4-1/2″ x 11″. The SAB Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack has three great ribbon colors – Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo & Pool Party – and the set comes with matching buttons in Tangerine Tango and Pool Party. I decided to use the Tangerine Tango ribbon and buttons for a bold splash of color on an otherwise neutral card.
To add an additional ‘splash’ of color, I dropped Tangerine Tango color on the background as well. This is easy to do with reinkers. Just put a couple of drops of ink on the lid of your open stamp pad and add a drop or two of water to dilute it a bit. Then use a paint brush to pick up the ink and splash it over your card base.
You may want to experiment first on scratch paper first if you’ve never done this before so you get just the look you want.