For my card, I chose a heavy metal key charm (not the head-banging type of heavy metal!) and dug out a NBUS set of stamps from the Stamp Bug. This was one of their club sets and I can see from the card inserts that it was produced in 2008 - and the red rubber was still uncut. Naughty me!
I made the background for both the card and topper by swooshing a bundled Sage Distress Stain over white card, and for the main card I then splodged the stain on randomly to give some splashy circles (swooshed, splodged and splashy are, of course, technical terms). I also unearthed a piece of Stampboard that's been lurking at the bottom of a drawer for many years, and gave that a quick swoosh too. And as I had no matching ribbon, while I was swooshing, I swooshed a piece of white organza ribbon to match. There was a whole lot of swooshing going on!
Then I stamped the main keyhole-and-script image on the topper card, keeping it over to the right to leave space for the key, and the word "Mystical" and some random bits of keys on the Stampboard. When all the inks were dry, I used foils and a Tonertex pen to edge and highlight some small areas of the image, word and edges of the topper and Stampboard. I got the two-tone effect by starting with a dark brown metallic foil and then reapplying Tonertex to the edges and foiling again with a copper-gold foil. Apparently foiling is going to be one of this year's Big Things, and you can get hold of everything you need from Foilplay if you are in the UK.
I reckon the colour scheme and metal give this a very masculine look - I wouldn't normally have used organza ribbon on a male card, but actually if you see it in real life, the distressed effect on the ribbon tones down the "girliness" of it - the photo doesn't do justice to that.
I am sharing this with
Addicted to stamps and more - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Anything Goes
The Crafters Café - Male Card
Fantasy Stampers - All About the Boy