Do you ever hoard paper?  I sure do!  I have been hoarding this designer vellum pack from the holiday catalog called Winter Wonderland and finally decided to get it out to play with.  All the vellums in this pack are just gorgeous and it makes me not want to cut them up.  I needed to get started on some birthday cards for a couple special men in my life that have birthdays right before New Year’s.  

The antler design on this vellum just screamed winter and I immediately wanted to pair it with silver accents.  This being a masculine card, I made sure to add plenty of black elements to keep the card manly but not enough to take away from the pops of metal.

I layered the vellum onto a piece of whisper white cardstock by placing tiny dots of glue from the fine-tip glue pen onto the black antlers in the design so the glue would be hidden.  I then layered this onto a top folding piece of smokey slate cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  
Do you recognize that silver doilie?  Did you guess the spider web doilies from the holiday catalog?  Winner winner!!  I cut the center of one of the doilies and then covered it with versamark ink that I heat embossed in silver.  LOVE it!  I then used some silver thread to add more pop of silver.
The happy is cut out of basic black using our Hello You Thinlits and then layered on a foam sheet that was cut using the same die to add dimension.  This is a quick way to add dimension to die cuts instead of using tons of dimensionals cut into impossibly small pieces that you struggle to stick on the back.
I hope to get another project up before we head to the beach for the holidays.  I will be taking some watercolor supplies with me to practice my watercoloring skills while we relax during the quick break from work.  I can’t be without something crafty for too long!
Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

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