Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I wanna be a cowboy...


I have the worst time making masculine cards. Ribbon has a way of sneaking in there and then, bling isn't far away and before I know it, I have another ELEGANT feminine card. I was talking to my husband about this issue and I think I lost him somewhere between the 12th century and the turn of the 20th century. *snort*

It used to be a sign of wealth and status when a man wore lace and ribbons. In the UK, lawyers and judges still wear wigs before and behind the bench. Male French royalty was always decked out in make-up and all sorts of trim. Now, I'm not trying to advocate for conspicuous consumption here, but why is masculinity so fragile that it's threatened by a little knot of brown satin ribbon and a little beauty? A botanically correct flower (at the turn of the last 2 centuries predominately drawn and studied by men) on a card sends a man into a tail spin?!!

I'm done ranting...

This little robot stamp makes it much easier to make a man card. I think he's totally fabulous!!! I was looking at him upside down (don't ask...) and it occurred to me that he looked like he was about to draw pistols at high noon near the OK Corral. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, I had the song lyric for, 'I wanna be a cowboy... And you can be my cowgirl...' going through my head which is really sad because I don't know any other part of that song. For all I know, it's likely a very good thing! So here's my little cowbot card.

I may have come up with something new here, and I may very well break my arm patting myself on the over it. I have the I Kandee Metallic Cream Chalk and have been too chicken to use it. I wear no makeup, so I have no experience with make-up that goes on creamy and becomes a powder, but I think that is what these chalks are like. I nearly jumped out of my skin when I put my applicator tool on the colour and it was obviously creamy. I thought it would be stiff, so my first foray went a tad deep into the colour. I applied it to the robot and wasn't really happy with the look so I went back in with my prismacolors and then applied the chalk cream over top. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I love it! It blends together beautifully and my DD thought I had a puffy robot sticker that I applied to the card. The coverage is wonderful and there's a worn metallic shine to the little guy. PERFECTION!

Here's a close up;


I used my Just Rite alphabet stamps to create the sentiment. And another boy card goes into the stash!

stamps; thanks a bot (S-U-INKies), new times roman 15pt alphabet (just rite)
paper; wanted (cosmo cricket), core'dinations cardstock
ink; espresso adirondack (ranger)
accessories; label nesties (spellbinders), brown teill, sage nylon ribbon (martha stewart), antique copper upholstery tack brads (making memories), hardware (we r memory keepers), I Kandee metallic cream chalk (Pebbles), hemp cord, prismacolors

6 comments:

Bethany Paull said...

P-I-M-P right now! You are cracking me up with the whole fragile masculinity rant...not to mention the upside down stamp viewing. ANYWHO...this is such a great card. I love your little cowBOT! Too cute.

Shemaine Smith said...

Oh what a CUUUTE little robot that is! Love your card!

Jill said...

Cute! I love that robot image--adorable!

Connie said...

Hehehe! Loretta...this is just adorable!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

FABULOUS design, Loretta and I love the whole Western-theme with your bot! And that awesome metallic look you achieved is so great... it actually looks like he's got a little bit of rust on him from being on the cattle drive for too long! (LOVED your man-commentary, too!) :)

Elena said...

I think you did a great job with this card! Love the way how you attached the ribbon!

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