Birthday Wishes Masculine Birthday Card

This week the Free For All Challenge is to create a card with the theme “Birds of a Feather.”  I decided to pull out my Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Dies, along with Sizzix’s new 3-D Feathers Embossing Folder to create my card.

I began by die cutting some Kraft Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Feather Embossing Folder.  To help the feathers stand out I used Distress Oxide Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to lightly ink blend over the raised surface of the feathers.  Later I decided to add a little Salty Ocean to the center of the feathers to compliment the colors used on the feathers.

I die cut the feathers from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and ink blended them using Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.  To help them standout on the card front I eventually decided to ink the edges with Salty Ocean.  I liked the feathers, but they needed a little something to add visual interest, so I pulled out my Tim Holtz Collect Stampers Anonymous Burlap Stencil and lightly pounced Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto each feather, which gave them an interesting pattern.

I wrapped some Gold Decorative Trim from Hobby Lobby three times around the base of the card front and tied it in a knot.  I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the two largest feathers, glued the smallest in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then removed the backing and adhered the largest feathers over the top.

For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of white cardstock with the same colored used on the feathers, dried it with my heat tool and then stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Fair Feathers with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Dark Chocolate Cardstock.  The dry embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The sentiment was cut into a then strip and adhered directly to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
  • Distress Oxide Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock from Scraps
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Sizzix Feathers Embossing Folder
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim Gold
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Burlap

Tarnished Gold Embossed Birthday Card with Feathers

I liked the way that the gold mirror cardstock looked with tarnished with StazOn Jet Black Ink, so this time I used the same Sizzix 3D Feathers Embossing Folder and embossed it into the cardstock.  It gives a more subtle tarnished look, but I like the way it turned out.

For this card I decided to use gold mirror cardstock for the black ice technique, and I used an embossing folder for added dimension.  I really like the way it turned out.

Once the the panel had been tarnished, I ran i through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die.  A mat of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and adhered to the back with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Another mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the back, again 1/8″ larger and adhered with Be Creative Tape.  I find this works best when adhering to the ultra smooth surface of mirror cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension and the entire panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from the same black cardstock.

For embellishments, I die cut some feathers from the Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows die set out of scraps of Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.  The bottom feather was adhered using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and to top feather was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, stamped on a scrap of black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered over the feather with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, leave a small opening for the quills so they would be on the same level as the top feather.  Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle was added to the feathers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Feathers
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen