There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Candles Birthday Card

I’m always thinking of cards that can be used for masculine birthday cards.  About half of the birthday cards I send are for people who are senior citizens (over 60).  I really liked the sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments “There’s no such thing as too many candles,” and decided to use this as the theme for this card.

I recently purchased Impression Obsession’s Candle Block stamp and die and thought the candles would be the perfect size to put a lot of them on a birthday cake.  So, I searched my dies and decided to use the layered cake from Hero Arts Make a Wish stamp and die.  I cut the cake layers from a scrap of brown cardstock and shaded it with Copic Markers (colors listed below).  The cake stand was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.

Since the cake was chocolate, I decided I wanted to have a complimentary patterned paper background.  I found this chevron paper from My Mind’s Eye Adventure Paper Pad and die cut it with the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock using Tombo Mono Glue Runner Dot Adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a scrap of the brown cardstock and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was adhered to the card front using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The candles were stamped multiple times with the Memento Inks listed below and then die cut with the matching die.  Candles in the back where adhered directly to the cardbase and the candles in the front with thin strips of 3M 1/2″ Fun Foam.  Gold Stickles was used for the flame of the candles and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Impression Obsession Candle Block
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Hero Arts Make a Wish
  • Copic: E49, E47, E55, E57, E53
  • Memento Ink: Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tangelo, Lady Bug
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • My Mind’s Eye Adventure Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gold Stickles
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Rangers Multi Medium Matte

Patterned Paper Stashes Masculine Birthday Card

This card would be perfect for any man who wears a mustache.  It is simple to create and takes very little time to assemble.

A rectangle of the patterned paper from the Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  A rectangle of brown cardstock from my stash was cut 1/8″ larger with a paper trimmer and both were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, but I didn’t like how stark the contrast was between the patterned paper rectangle and the white cardbase, so a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut using the WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Die, which cut a rectangle the same size as the front of an A2 cardbase.  The black rectangle was adhered to the front of the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the patterned paper rectangle and then adhered to the black card front using the same glue.

The sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Stamp Set was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with ZING Chestnut Embossing Powder and die cut with the matching die.  The secondary sentiment uses the same ink and embossing powder and was placed directly below the die cut word and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and Ivory Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Die
  • ZING Chestnut Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Patterned Paper Masculine It’s Your Birthday Card

This is another masculine birthday card that primarily uses patterned paper to add focal interest.

A rectangle of patterned paper from Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack was cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and both were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back to add dimension to the card.

I found some matching blue cardstock in my stash of paper and stamped the eye glasses from the Simon Says Stamp set I See You twice with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  The eye glasses were then fussy cut, Inkssentials Glossy Accents were added to the glasses, and then they were set aside to dry while the rest of the card was assembled.

The chevron strip from Simon Says Stamp I See You was stamped and embossed with the same ink and embossing powder on the blue paper and then trimmed and placed on the patterned paper rectangle to determine placement for the sentiment.  “I See You” was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  The Secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The Chevron strip was adhered to the left of the patterned paper rectangle with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The patterned paper rectangle was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock by adding Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the fun foam.  The first eye glasses were adhered directly to the patterned paper with the same glue and the second was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp I See You
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Patterned Paper Tools Masculine Birthday Card

You can make some great masculine birthday cards with nothing more than patterned paper.  This card utilizes Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack.

Some of the tools were fussy cut from the patterned paper and then shading was added with Copic markers.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  The tools were placed on the rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments in Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. To add interest to the focal image the rectangle was run through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder.  The tools were adhered to the front of the rectangle with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Three antique bronze brads were added to the bottom of the rectangle to add balance.

A rectangle of the patterned paper was cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and both were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back.

A top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the patterned paper rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The focal image rectangle was adhered to the center of the card with the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Lifestyle Crafts Chain Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Antique Brass Brads from Stash
  • Copic: C1, C2, C3, C5, E21, E23, E97, YG01

Patterned Paper Masculine Fisherman Birthday Card

I really like the Stampin’ Up Angler stamp.  Even when it doesn’t have any coloring it makes a nice masculine card.  The patterned paper from Paper Studio Glasses, Staches is the perfect background.

The image was stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento London Fog Ink and then die cut using the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  The sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments was stamped below the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  To balance out the focal image three small silver brads were added at the top.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back of the rectangle.

A top folding A2 Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The patterned paper was die cut using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock 1/8″ larger than the patterned paper and both were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam was added to the back and the patterned paper background was adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The focal image was then adhered using the same glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties 12 x 12 Paper Pack
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black and White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Angler
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Lawn Fawn Large and Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • Silver Brads from Stash

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.

Derwent Inktense Pencils and a Dove Blending Pen were used to add depth to the bottom of the balloons.  I think before adding the pencils the image looked flat (see below).

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