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Sunday, March 9, 2014

A String Full of Hexagons {PP186}

Hiya friends! The always-amazing-Anne Marie has a fabulously fresh color combination for us this week at The Paper Players:
Isn't it great?!  I was immediately drawn to the bold geometric shapes of the film reels as well as the repeated circle elements.  I've been making lots of flowery and girly cards lately and wanted something a bit more gender neutral.  With all that swirling in my head, here's what developed:
I suppose the glitter dots and silver Baker's Twine tone down the masculine effect but otherwise I think it could be for anyone.  The Smoky Slate main panel was stamped with Off the Grid in the same color ink--this is my go-to stamp for a bit of masculine grunge without adding bulky layers.  As I was playing around with the layout for the hexagons, I thought they needed a vertical element to "ground" them.  I actually saw the sentiment threaded through a hexagon in the SU catalog and from there got the idea to string them onto some twine.
Centering the holes was easy!  I first punched the hole in some DSP with a 3/4" circle punch.  Next, I centered the hexagon punch over the already-punched hole and voila!  The result is a hexagon with a hole in it!  Use this technique whenever you want a punched center of another shape--works like a charm every time.  Again, sticking with the idea that I didn't want anything TOO flashy (like rhinestones) I punched some small circles (with the Cupcake Builder punch) from silver glimmer paper and attached with a small amount of Tombow glue.  Nice and flat for mailing too!
Since I started with the stamped images from Six Sided Sampler but didn't use them on the front, I added them to the inside with a fun pairing of sentiments from Remembering Your Birthday.  That's it for me....I hope you'll remember to pop on over and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration at The Paper Players.  If you can join in the fun just make sure to do so before the challenge closes on Friday, March 14th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!


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16 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Super cool, Nance! It looks like hex nuts threaded on a string. Very clever and unique! I love the bits of glitz, even on a masculine card.

Wendie Waldman said...

I love this card, and I know my husband would love those "nuts or bolts", I always forget what to call them! Very clever.

Linda Callahan said...

I love this! So industrial! This is so clever.......great look!

stampwithsandy said...

How cool! I love your hexagon nuts, Nance! What a great idea! They look so industrial with the grid stamp. What a great guy card.

Marisa said...

A fabulous masculine card indeed! Very creative :)

Mui Hoang said...

I love how you took a total spin on this!!!

LeAnne said...

This is awesome....my mind is seeing nuts and bolts and stuff! Great masculine card...even with the baker's twine. I think I might have to CASE this!

Rachel Palmieri said...

Love this card Nance. The greeting placed through the hexagon seemed familiar, but what a super idea threading hexagons onto twine. Love the little glimpses of silver glimmer paper too. too

Lynne said...

A super way to use hexagons. Like this card a lot.

Erna Logtenberg said...

this is gorgeous! Love the way you used the hexagons!

Jaydee said...

Nance, I love the repetition of hexagons - great idea to punch out the middles - they really give such a masculine feel.
Fabulous
Hugs
Jaydee

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance very cool card! Love the hexagons... I used this in a class and threaded a sentiment piece through the hole, but I love how did the twine in so many. Very cool indeed. hugs

Basement Stamper said...

I definitely think this looks like a masculine card-you've done a great job with it. This color combination screams masculine for me...I loved it.

Anne Marie Hile said...

Nance, I absolutely LOVE everything about this card! The mix of patterns, the grungy stamped background, the twine accents...I could go on and on. Brilliant way to rock my challenge colors this week, my friend! Wowza! :)

Di Barnes said...

love how you've made the hexagons look like bolts. Great masculine card idea. Thanks for sharing, Nance.
Inky wishes, Di

Claire Creates Cards said...

I absolutely LOVE this card, Nance! I love everything about it! The hexagons with the hole in the center is amazing! The grid stamp is the perfect background! WOW! XX