Kraft and Patterned Paper Hello

I love when you can create a great card that takes hardly any time.  I usually do this by using patterned paper.  For the card below I pulled some great woodgrain paper from DCWV’s Gilded Paper Stack, die cut the word “hello” from it and then added a panel of Embossed Kraft Cardstock on top with a little twine.  A quick and simple card.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Dies
  • DCWV The Gilded Paper Stack
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock from Scraps
  • Sizzix 3-D Feathers Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Analogous Colors – It’s Your Birthday! Let’s Celebrate!

I really like the color combination of blue, green, and yellow.  This cupcake layering stamp from Altenew is very easy to line up and creates a great focal image.  I decided to use this new frame die cut from Little B.  Also adding visual interest was dry embossing the cardbase front with Cricut Cuttlebug Charles Embossing Folder.

The cupcake image was die cut with the matching dies, foam tape was added to the back for dimension and glued to the front of the decorative rectangle.  The final embellishment was adding sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness Mix.  After the card was done I decided to add some seed beads as sprinkles on the frosting.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcakes
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Blue Lagoon, Applemint, Lucky Clover
  • Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness Sequin Mix
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea Cardstock
  • Little B Frames
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Charles Embossing Folder
  • Mikuki Lagoon Seed Beads Mix

Happy Birthday To You Balloons

This is the second try of this card.  The first time around I tried using Glossy Accents and I used too much and it was running off the balloons and making a mess, so I went back to the drawing board, stamped the background balloon directly onto the stitched rectangle rather than die cutting them all and adhered them with liquid glue.  I took the sentiment balloons, adhered them together, and then used clear embossing powder to add the shine and loved the way it turned out.

I decided to use Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea cardstock for the cardbase and love the way it accented the big turquoise balloon.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension and glued in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Silver Pen was used for the strings on the balloon.  It was a very subtle accent.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Grass, Applemint, Sweet Corn, Lemon Drop, Turquoise Sea, Blue Lagoon
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • Darcie Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea Cardstock
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Silver Pen

Primary and Secondary Colors Happy Birthday Candles

I think candles make great masculine birthday cards, this one uses the primary and secondary color palette.  I stamped the different candles with Gina K. Designs ink and then colored them with Copic Markers.  I think it made a bright and colorful card.

I’ve had this cross-stitched rectangle die for years and rarely use it, but I really like it for masculine cards.  Since the sentiment die cut is from black cardstock I decided to mat the rectangle with black cardstock as well and like the way it tied everything together.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Many Candles
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Blue Raspberry, Plum Punch, Lipstick, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Markers: B01, B02; V17, V15, V12, Y38, R27, R35, R17; YR14, Y38; Y08, Y11
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday Red Monochromatic Card

It is amazing how orientation can change the look of a card.  I really like the bright and happy color of red.  This isn’t technically a monochromatic card since the flames are yellow.  I like the look of stamping the die cut word with red ink on red paper.  It gives a nice subtle look.

This was a simple card to create and has a very clean and simple feel.  I used Copic Markers to add some shading to the edges.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and Party
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Coral Reef, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock from Scraps
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Three Cupcakes Happy Birthday

Even masculine cards can have a elegant feel to them.  I think adding gold embossing and mirror cardstock with a lot of white space give a clean and simple, yet classic feel.

The image was stamped onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  It was colored using Copic Markers (listed below).  Once the coloring was done it was run through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Gold Mirror Cardstock was added to the back and Darice Sticky Back Foam was used to create dimension.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy stamp and die and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The focal image was adhered to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Products Used:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13, B13; G24, G94, G21; Y19, Y35, Y15; E55, E31, E51
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gold Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Eat Cake Birthday Card

When I am creating masculine birthday cards I try and find neutral images, cupcakes, cakes, balloons, candles, and manly images.  Who doesn’t like cupcakes for their birthday.  I really like the color palette used for this card and once I was done stamping I rummaged through my patterned paper and found the perfect match.

I stamped the images with Gina K. Designs ink onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  Once the stamping was done I found the perfect paper in Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Chill 6 x 6 paper pack.

Products Used:

  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Petite Paper Pack
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Blue Lagoon, Turquoise Sea
  • Memento Tuxedo Back
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Fingernail Polish Marble Birthday Balloons

Making marble background using fingernail polish can be really fun.  The smell can be a little overwhelming, but you get some really unique and interesting results.  The balloons on this card were die cut from a marble background created using this technique.

I went to the Dollar Store and got some fingernail polish.  I wouldn’t use black nail polish on myself, but I thought it would make an interesting background.  You will need a disposable dish or container to create these backgrounds.  You fill the dish with about 3-4″ of water and then dribbled the nail polish you have selected around the water.  If you want you can use a wooden stirring stick to help them marbleize.  Once you have it the way you want you take some watercolor paper and place it into the water and immediately pull it back out.  You never know what it is going to look like, but you do get some beautiful results.

Once the background was completely dry I die cut the balloons using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  I tied some Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord for strings, added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back for dimension and adhered them to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock I had die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I wrapped the balloon strings around the back and secured them in place with Scotch Tape.  The rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped on a scrap of the same cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a strip and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Birthday Cupcake Circle

I had some leftover background paper that was created using Kodak Glossy Photo Paper, Distress Oxide Inks, and Ranger Distress Micro Glaze that I had used for leaves in a previous card.  I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I die cut the remainder into a circle and added the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Cake die to the front.  In the end I added three layers of the word circle and the cupcake for a little added dimension.

I wanted to add a little more visual interest so I die cut two more circles from coordinating green cardstock I had on hand, each a little larger than the previous circle.  I added Darice Sticky Back Foam behind each for added dimension and adhered it to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, which was die cut using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die.  An A2 top folding cardbase made from some of the green cardstock and the focal image rectangle was adhered to the front.  There was a lot of white space at the bottom of the card and so I cut thin strips from the remaining background and adhered them underneath the focal image circle.

A quick and easy card made from scraps on hand.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Circle
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Kodak 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Color Burst Strips Let’s Party Birthday Card

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.  I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  They were so pretty that I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.  I really like it when I can make a card by using up something that I typically would have thrown away.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple.  I decided to use Papertrey Ink’s Party Time Die.  I cut it three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.  Easy to create, but because of that beautiful watercolor background really bright and colorful.

Products Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Party Time Die
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Alizarin Crimson, Lime Green, Orange, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink