For this second masculine thank you card for the Senior Life Resources Northwest I used a piece of watercolor paper with silver foiled polka dots. I cut down the paper to be the same size as an A2 cardbase and adhered it to the front with dotliner adhesive.
I die cut the word thanks from silver cardstock, but it got lost in all the silver polka dots, so I cut a small rectangle from leftover cardstock without any silver dots and adhered the thanks to the front. I then created a silver mat behind the sentiment panel and adhered it to the bottom right of the card using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.
A second card was created from the leftover cardstock that only had a few silver foiled dots. Two cards from one panel of cardstock.
After I thought I had completed the thank you cards for Senior Life Resources Northwest I saw they were all flowers. I know they have a need for masculine thank you cards and so I thought I should put together a few. I pulled out a great 12×12 paper pack that I have Momenta that has pretty watercolor looking paper. Some have foiled accents.
For this first masculine thank you I had a piece of this lovely diagonal striped paper leftover in the paper pad and though it would make a great masculine card. I simply cut down the cardstock to the size of an A2 card and adhered it to a top folding cardbase. The word thanks was cut from silver mirror cardstock and adhered on the angle of the stripes, and the card was done.
It’s funny how I tend to get into the groove of creating a lot of cards using the same medium. This card uses patterned paper with a more masculine feel.
I cut down the patterned paper with a stitched rectangle and then matted it with a dark pine green cardstock.
I pulled out Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Text Block die and cut it from silver mirror cardstock and sticky back foam to add dimension. It was adhered to the center of the patterned paper and the card was done.
I had the inside of the card with the impression from the sentiment leftover from the previous card I made and didn’t want to throw it away. I decided to try ink blending over it, but the impression was shallow enough that the ink went into the impression and it was difficult to see the sentiment. I decided to foil the sentiment, lining it up with the impression so that it was in the same place. It worked great. Now I needed to figure out how I was going to use it on a card.
I have some background dies that cut circles, but there weren’t placed in the center of the card. I thought about using Altenew’s layered plaid dies, but they would cover up the sentiment and if you cut away the center the plaid could fall apart. I finally decided to pull out Altenew’s Layered Geo Cover Dies A & B. The smallest opening covered up the sentiment, so I pulled out the Hero Art’s Infinity Circle Dies and found the perfect size to make the opening larger.
The ink blended background was green and so I used two different colors of blue cardstock I had in scraps. I cut each color twice for a little more depth and adhered them together using Elmer’s Craft Spray Adhesive. When everything was adhered together the panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase and the card was done.
This is a completely different style of card than what I usually do, but I do like it and it is a great masculine card.
I have a lot of background panels that I have created white experimenting the the Crafter’s Companion FoilPress. It has been so much fun seeing how all these different dies turn out. Most do a wonderful job.
For this card I used the Memory Box Starry Night Background Die. It was foiled onto ivory cardstock with gold hot foil and then cut down with a stitched rectangle die.
Going with the look of the background I pulled out a Spellbinders Star Die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. I liked the way it looked, but on the same magnetic panel I had the Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die. It was the exact same shape as the Spellbinders star and so I decided to emboss it into the mirror cardstock star.
I have the My Favorite Things Written in the Stars stamp and die and decided to cut the word “Star” from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Craft Cardstock. This care some additional visual interest with the two different colors of gold mirror. The word was also cut from sticky back foam. Once the mirror word was adhered to the foam a gold Copic Marker was used on the side of the foam so that it would blend in better with the background and not show a stark white edge.
I didn’t have a stamp for the secondary sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it with a gold font. It was then cut into strips using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label.
A mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the starry night background and then adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The star was adhered on an angle with liquid glue and the word die cut was adhered below. The foam was cut away from the top of the “t” that overlapped the star so that it would be level. Strips of sticky back foam was added to the secondary banners and the card was done.
My Favorite Things Written in the Stars
Microsoft Word Banners Calibri Pt 16
Spellbinders Stars Five Die
Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die
Memory Box Starry Night Background Die
Darice Sticky Back Foam
Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil
Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Kraft Stock Paper
I decided to use the navy and silver foil color scheme for a masculine birthday card. I foiled the chevron background and then die cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle.
For the focal image I pulled out the Altenew Layered Cupcake Stamp and coordinating die. This is a layering stamp, but I like the way it looks when colored with Copic Markers. I first stamped it with gray ink, colored it with Copics, and then stamped it again with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it silver. It was then die cut using the coordinating die.
The sentiment was foiled with a scrap of navy cardstock and silver foil, then cut into a fishtail banner with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip.
To assemble the card the chevron background was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape. To add dimension to the cupcake it was cut again with with blue sticky back foam, which was adhered to the back of the cupcake and then adhered to the chevron background with liquid glue. A thin strip of foam was also added to the sentiment strip and adhered just below the cupcake. The final embellishment was to add confetti drops to the frosting using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue and Silver.
I love the look of the lighter blue focal image on the navy cardstock.
Altenew Layered Cupcake
Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue and Silver Linings
I used Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle Background to hot foil a panel with silver foil for this card. The foil adds such great visual interest to a card.
I have been pulling out some of my dies that I haven’t used for awhile. I love this Honey Bee Stamps for the Record stamp and dies. I am a music fan and the record, controls, and player arm makes a terrific card.
I used black, red, and silver mirror cardstock to cut out the elements of the record player. I used smaller circle dies to add behind the record and base of the arm to pop them up on the card.
I stamped the sentiment onto red mirror cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it silver. I love Honey Bee Stamps sentiments because they come with matching dies. I die cut the sentiment from red sticky back foam to pop it up on the card as well.
A top folding cardbase was used and the elements of the card were adhered with liquid glue.
This die set makes a great masculine birthday card, or its great for anyone who is a music lover.
Honey Bee Stamps For the Record Stamp and Dies
Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle
Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Silver Hot Foil
Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
Paper Accents Red, Silver and Black Mirror Cardstock
This card uses the waste from hot foiling the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes with red foil. I’ve found that foiling the waste can be hit and miss. Most of the time you do not get full coverage. That was the case with this card. The edges were not well covered, so I cut the panel down with a stitched rectangle. If you look closely there are a few small areas were the coverage isn’t precise, which gives it a little distressed look.
I added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. It needed a little more visual interest and so I cut the mini cupcake and candle from My Favorite Things from white glitter cardstock and the candle again from gold mirror cardstock and adhered everything together with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and the candles was adhered to the base of the “I” in the word “BIG” and I liked that much better.
This card is an example of how you can mess up on a card and still salvage it.
I first hot foiled the Big Birthday Wishes die onto white cardstock with red hot foil. There was too much white space on the card and not enough visual interest and so I began coloring the inside of the foiled words with Copic Markers and hated the color combo I used and threw it in the trash. After creating a card with the waste leftover from the foiling I pulled it out of the trash and decided to cut the die from gold foil and fill in the letters. When you do this you can no longer see the foiled lines of the die, but at least it didn’t go to waste.
Before adding the gold letters I ran the background through the Big Shot with the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die. I really like the visual interest with the corners of this die.
I decided to add foam behind the word “big” which makes it pop on the page and enhances the word itself. I liked the way it looked but it needed a pop of color so I die cut a patterned candle from red mirror cardstock and the background with the flame from gold mirror. This way the flame can be yellow in color. I added some Copic Coloring to have some variation in the color of the flame. The candle was then adhered over the “I” in the word Big.
I used a red top folding cardbase to add an additional pop of color to the card.
From the previous card I made I had three red mirror squares leftover. I wanted to put them to use on a card, but I wanted a different layout, so I cut three more squares and adhered them to a panel of white cardstock in a grid of 3 x 2. I decided to cut down the panel so that there was a smaller white border of cardstock around the square using a stitched rectangle. If I had to do this again I would place a piece of printer paper over the panel. If your cutting plates are well used you might get a few indentations and imperfections in the mirror cardstock. They weren’t significant so I proceeded with the project, but it would have been better if I had protected the mirror cardstock.
I went through my birthday stamps to find some images that could be stamped in the squares. I decided to use VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them white. I decided to add a mat of red mirror cardstock behind the focal images panel. This helped it to pop on the white cardbase. I also decided to embossed the front of the cardbase for some additional visual interest.