Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

It is amazing that in making a card one small change can take a card from so-so to stunning.  I had recently purchased some great graphic cardstock with gold foiling because I thought it would make great masculine cards.  I started with some navy and gold connecting circles paper.  I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.   Next I die cut the word happy using Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies along the bottom of the foiled paper.   I wanted to do an inlay technique and so I die cut the words again from black sticky back foam and backed the letters to provide dimension.  I added Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock behind the rectangle to create a gold border and die cut some balloons using both Lawn Fawn Party Balloon and Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies.  I stamped the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink using My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the balloons with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered the letters back into their opening using Be Creative Tape because mirror cardstock can be tricky to adhere too and this is strong tape that works great.  But, I just didn’t love the card, the letters were lost in the pattern.  So I decided to use a Copic Marker (B39) to darken the letters and still didn’t like it.  I added some Wink of Stella and still it wasn’t a very good card, so I thought it was just one of those cards I would never use.

And then a few days latter after making another card with inlaid letters I had an aha moment.  I quickly die cut the word happy from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it on top of the previous blue words, offsetting just a little, and loved it.  I’ve shown both cards below so you can see the difference one small change can make.


  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloon Dies
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies
  • Copic Marker B39
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • 3/8” Be Creative Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle


Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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