My Dad's Christmas Gift had a western theme. I think if he'd had to choose, my Dad would have been born a cowboy! When Stampin' Up! came out with the Bronc Buster stamp set, I just had to get it so that I could make stuff for my Dad! Since I was giving my Mom a notecard set, and I didn't have time to come up with a completely different idea, I made my Dad a notecard set. The notecards are cut out with Tim Holtz's Baroque Sizzix die. I swiped my Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad directly onto the paper around the edges of the shape. This is something that I particularly like about Distress Ink Pads as my other brands of ink pads don't leave quite the same effect. I made the box similar to my Mom's. I made a simple box for each component, and then a box to put them all in.
As I thought about my Dad, I kept thinking about camp fires. He loves a good fire (although he is extremely careful with them). So I wanted to incorporate that on the box. So I cut a couple of wavy pieces of paper to use as a mask and sponged several different yellows and oranges onto the paper. I wasn't sure it would turn out, but I think the result is fantastic! In the corner is one of the images from the Bronc Buster stamp set, embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I rubbed the Vintage Photo Ink Pad directly onto the paper and then lightly spritzed the image with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to give it just the slightest hint of shimmer. I wanted it to look a bit like a belt buckle. I then added several strips of hemp twine to hold the ribbon slid in place.
Oh! I almost forgot! I also cut a small piece of paper and rolled it up into an RSVP pen so that he had a matching pen. I really don't know where the patterned paper is from. It's been in my stash for years! I hope you all have a wonderful day!