Farm Life Masculine Birthday Card

This is another masculine birthday card using a Gina K. Designs stamp set. I like the final outcome, but as you will see with the second image below I originally had completed the card without any coloring.  I had tried to color it with Copic Markers but felt it detracted from the rustic feel of the image and so it was stamped a second time.  Later in the day it was still sitting on my desk when I was working on another card that I colored with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  Since I felt the design was lacking something to make it pop, and colored pencils give a grainier look, I thought I would give them a try with this card and felt it made all the difference.

I stamped the image on a quarter of an 8 1/2 x 11 80# Ivory Cardstock from Gina K. Designs with a combination of Memento Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand Ink.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set and was stamped with both of the inks as well.  The focal image panel was die cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I had planned to put the image on some kraft cardstock, but the browns did not blend well with one another and so I ink blended both Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand on the Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but something was still missing, so I die cut the kraft cardstock with another rectangle using the largest rectangle for the die set and ink blended the edges.  I will say that Memento Ink does not ink blend well and will keep that in mind for future cards.  I decided to use a cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock and liked the way all of the elements looked together. The focal image was adhered to the kraft cardstock with Sookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape and then Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the kraft rectangle, which was then adhered to the dark chocolate cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done, until I added color using the Derwent Inktense Pencils later in the day.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Farm Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Memento Deseret Sand Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1320 Ionian Green, 1720 Tan, 1740 Saddle Brown, 2100 Charcoal Grey
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

Country Roads Masculine Birthday Card

For this masculine birthday card I used Gina K. Designs Country Roads stamp set.  It took quite some time to complete this card and it would never be one to mass produce, but I like the way it turned out.

To stamp the image I cut a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock and stamped the covered bridge image in the upper middle of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  Since the image is only the covered bridge and a little bit of road and river I needed to extend both to fill the front of the card.  I knew that I wanted to add the pickup truck and so I used Copic Marker E51 to extend the road, curving it around so that the pickup could be stamp.  I had to stamp this again because I wasn’t paying enough attention and originally stamped the pickup in the river, not the road.  The river was extended using Copic Marker B91.  Another tree from the stamp set was added to the left of the covered bridge.  Figuring out the placement for extending the images took a little time.  It also took some time to color the entire image with Copic Markers.  (Colors used are listed below.)  I definitely would change the way the tuffs of grass were added on the left of the road, but overall I am happy with the way it turned out.

Once the coloring was done it was time for a sentiment. I needed something small and found just what I was looking for in the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings stamp set. Because I had spent so much time coloring this image I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

It was now time to assemble the card.  I took the focal image and die cut it with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangle. I had my ink blending tool with Distress Rusty Hinge still out from creating another card and so I used it to ink blend the edges of the die cut focal image rectangle.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the panel with Sookwang Scor-Tape Adhesive Tape.  An A2 side folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  When I placed the focal image rectangle on the cardbase it was too stark of a contrast so the edges of the cardbase were ink blended with Distress Rusty Hinge as well.  The backing was removed from the fun foam and the image was adhered to the front of the card.  Inkssential Glossy Accents was added to the pickup truck windows and lights and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Country Roads
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and Marker
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: C1, C2, C3 (bumper) C4, C5, C6, C7 (tires and grill); G21, G24, G28 (tree); G40, G43, G46; G85 (tree); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97 (grass); B0000, B000, B00 (sky); B91, B93, B95 (river); B32, B34, 37, B39 (truck); Y13, Y15; R21, R22, R24, R27, R29; E25, E57, E59, E79, E49 (Fence and tree trunks and limbs); E51, E53, E55 (road)
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Enjoy the Journey Masculine Birthday Card

With this masculine birthday card I decided to go outside my comfort zone and use some distress images by Tim Holtz and a craft tag.  I don’t remember using a tag before when creating a card and I also heavily distressed the cardbase and focal images, but I like the way it turned out.

The stamp set used for this card is Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey. I really like the long, narrow sentiment, which was stamped on the left of the tag with Memento Rich Cocoa and the ticket image was stamped on the right.  On the bottom left the clock image was stamped and the tag edges were ink blended with Distress Vintage Photo Ink.  The card image was stamped on 80# Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock with the same Memento ink.  Vintage Photo Ink was also blended over the entire car image.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I opened the card and masked off the back of the card with Post-it Labeling and Cover-it Tape and then ink blended the entire card front with the same Distress ink, leaving a lighter section in the middle.  I took some brown and cream bakers twine and ink blended it as well so that it would match the rest of the card.  The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa.

It was now time to assemble the card.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tag and adhered on an angle to the card front.  The car was adhered on top of the tag with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and a little foam tape on the section that was hanging off the tag.

This is a very distressed and vintage card, but I think it will be enjoyed by whomever older friend is the recipient, and I learned to do something I hadn’t tried before.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Craft Tag
  • Brown and Cream Bakers Twine
  • 3M 1/2” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Sugar Rush Masculine Birthday Card

This birthday card could be for a masculine or feminine recipient, but I was thinking of a masculine card when I created it.

For this birthday card I used some plaid cardstock from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid for Fall, cut it 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered to the left of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Zookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape.  To add a little more visual interest I die cut a zig zag border with one of the Spellbinders on the Edge dies out of matching cardstock from my scraps and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I had it in my head to use some cupcakes for this card and so I went through my birthday sentiments until I found one that I thought would compliment this theme.  I stamped the sentiment towards the bottom of the white space on the card front with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. Since the white space was relatively narrow and tall I decided to stack some cupcakes for the focal image.  I found the perfect size cupcake image in the Winnie & Walter Sugar Rush stamp set.  I determined how many cupcakes I would have room for and began stamping the top cupcake in the same Memento ink.  I stamped it again on a full adhesive Post-it and fussy cut it with my detail Cutter Bee scissors to create a mask.  I then stamped the remaining three cupcakes in a staggered formation, moving the mask each time I stamped.

Once the stamping was complete I colored the images with complimentary Copic Markers, colors listed below, adding the lines to the cupcake liners and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Winnie & Walter Sugar Rush
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR21, YR 23, YR24; YR04, YR07, YR09; BG18, BG32, BG34; YR12, YR14, Y15l BG11, BG13, BG15; E23, E25, E47
  • Spellbinders on the Edge
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid for Fall Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Wink of Stella
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Full Adhesive Post-it
  • Cutter Bee Scissors

It’s Your Birthday Masculine Card

I was in need of some masculine birthday cards.  I am naturally drawn to creating flower image cards, and so when I need a masculine card it takes more effort to figure what I am going to do.  I wanted to used some ballons and the rainbow colors for this card were inspired by the Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid patterned paper.

I raided my scraps of cardstock to find a rainbow of solid cardstock that would match the plaid paper.  I cut a strip of the patterned paper to 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it to the left of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Because the remaining white space was pretty small I used the small balloon die from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday and die cut it five times using matching solid rainbow colored cardstock.

I wanted the balloons to look like they were floating away and so I arranged them in the top half of the white area of the cardbase before stamping the sentiment, which is from the My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday stamp set, in Altenew Sapphire Ink.  I used Copic Marker B37 to add some details to the word WISH.  Copic Markers Y13 and Y17 were added to the candle flame.

Since the sentiment is blue I cut a small strip of blue cardstock and adhered it between the patterned paper and the white area of the card.  The balloons where then adhered with 3M 1/2″ Fun Foam on the balloon portion and Tombo Mono Multi on the tail.  A white highlight to the balloons was added with a white gel pen.  I then used the confetti images from the same stamp set and stamped them using matching Altenew Inks, colors listed below.  As a final embellishment multi colored Triveni Crafts Rhinestones were scattered in the open areas of the card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid 6 x 6 Paper Pack (1 ½” wide)
  • Scraps of Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday Balloon Die
  • Avert Elle Cake and Candles Confetti Stamp
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Ink: Crimson, Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, Forest Glade, Sapphire
  • Copic Marker: B37, Y13, Y17
  • Rhinestones from Stash
  • Sukura White Gel Pen
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Dot Adhesive Stamp Runner
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

By The Sea Welcome Card

I wanted to create a masculine welcome card for a new gentleman who had moved into our church.  Gina K. Designs By the Sea would make a good card.

When creating cards with this stamp set I like to ink blend a background with the sea and sky.  To create the sun I took a full sticky backed Post-it and die cut a small circle with Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle.  I placed the negative Post-it in the upper left of the background and ink blended it with Distress Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber.

I then stamped the lighthouse image to the right of the background with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used a Copic friendly marker to extend the hillside on the left of the image. I cut some Post-its to cover the lighthouse and land and then covered the sun with the circle Post-it and placed several Post-its below the horizon and ink blended the sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink.  I then moved the Post-Its to cover the sky and ink blended the ocean using Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  The land was ink blended with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint.

Copic Markers were used to color the lighthouse and rock base.  Colors used were:  Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6.

The birds are from Gina K. Designs By The Sea II and were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle We R Family Additions and was also stamped with the same ink.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Avery Elle We R Family Additions
  • Distress Ink: Salty Ocean/Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean; Sky/Tumbled Glass, Broken China; Grass/Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint; Sun/Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber
  • Copic Markers: Lighthouse/B95, B97, B99, C0, C01, C02, Y15, Y17, YR24; Rocks/C3, C4, C5, C6
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Cracked Pistachio
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles, Stitched Rectangles, Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

By the Sea Landscape Hello Card

This card was inspired by a card I saw on online by Theresa Momber.

I began with a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” rectangle from Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock.  To create the sky and water I used full adhesive Post-its.  I created the sky first by ink blending Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  To create the clouds I cut some clouds out of another Post-it and used the negative space to ink blend some Vintage Photo into the lighter areas of the sky.  I then moved the post-its to cover the sky and ink blended the horizon/water with Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, and Peanut Brittle.  The darker areas on the outside of the rectangle are land and the lighter area in the center represents a cove for boats to sail into.

Once the ink blending was done it was time to begin stamping.  I used the pine trees from Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season and stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  I did some second generation stamping for trees in the background.  Next I stamped the grass and sailboat from Gina K. Designs By the Sea with the same ink, then using By the Sea II I stamped the birds in the sky.

To assemble the card I die cut the focal image with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and then cut a slightly larger rectangle from Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock  with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and adhered to two together with Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely and was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink in the lower right of the panel.  A rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut smaller than the brown rectangle and adhered to the back for added dimension.  A cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Blessed is the Season
  • Gina K. Designs By the Sea and By the Sea II
  • Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Peanut Brittle
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Post-it Full Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Power Poppy Leaping Trout Birthday Card

I recently purchased the Power Poppy Leaping Trout Digital Stamp.  I thought it would make great cards for the sports enthusiasts in my life.  I really like the way it turned out.

I printed the image with my HP laser printer on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  If I had printed it with an ink jet printer the lines would bleed when colored with Copic Markers.  I Googled images for Rainbow Trout and colored the fish and water with the following colors:  C2, C3, C4; V2, BG01, B32, YG03; B91, B95.  The image was outlined with B0000, B000.

The focal image panel was then die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Another rectangle was cut 1/8” larger from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and the two were adhered together using Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back of the focal image to add dimension.  An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The front of the cardbase was run through the Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder for added dimension to the card front and then the focal image panel was adhered to the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Leaping Trout Digital Image
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: C2, C3, C4; V2, BG01, B32, YG03; B91, B95; B0000, B000
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

A Farm Life Get Well

My Uncle Melvin is ninety years old and recently had surgery.  He was a successful dry farmer in his younger years and I thought the barn and silo scene from Gina K. Designs Farm Life would make a nice get well card.

I stamped the image on 80# Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored it with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  I stamped a sentiment from Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings on the bottom of the image with the same Memento ink.

I die cut the image with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and then cut a smaller piece of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and applied it to the back.

A horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I decided I wanted a little more color to the background of the image and so I found in my stash of cardstock some BoBunny Doubledot Design Chiffon Stripe and die cut it with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  The paper warped a little when I ran it through the Big Shot so it was adhered to the cardbase with 1″ Score Tape. The focal image was adhered to the center of the card front with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.  Pretty simple and easy.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs Farm Life and Various Verses
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • BoBunny Doubledot Design Chiffon Stripe
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Copic Markers: R32, R56, R59; C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7; G24, G94, G99; YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99; B000, 0
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 1” Scor Tape

Rainbow Ink Blended Masculine Birthday Cards II

I had a little more of the rainbow ink blended cardstock left and so I decided to make another couple of cards.  This time I wanted to see what rainbow letters would look like on black cardstock, and I love the way it turned out.  The second card uses gold mirror cardstock behind the negative word cutout.

For the first card a horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.  To add interest to the front of the card a rectangle of black cardstock was cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and then Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger.  The two were adhered together with Scor Tape.

The Silhouette cut letters are Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched to be a little taller and cut from leftover rainbow ink blended cardstock.  The letters were applied to the black rectangle using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The easiest way to align them is to use the negative cutout for placement.  The secondary sentiment is from the Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal rectangle was adhered to the black cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

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The second card uses the negative space of the rainbow ink blended cardstock cutout.  A strip of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock cut 1/4″ taller than the letters was added to the back with 3M 1/2″ foam tape cut to go around the letters and give them dimension and support.  The secondary sentiment is from the Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake stamp set, stamped with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.

A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was die cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes and Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  The word strip was adhered to the white rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal rectangle was glued to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Products Used Card 1:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Silhouette Happy Cutout with Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched a little taller
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake Stamp
  • Distress Ink Blending: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Black Adhesive Fun Foam

Products Used Card 2:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock (1 ¾ x 5 1/8)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock (3/16)
  • Silhouette Happy Cutout with Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched a little taller
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake Stamp
  • Distress Ink Blending: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Darice Adhesive White Fun Foam