Rainbow Ink Blended Masculine Birthday Cards

I wanted to created some ink blended rainbow backgrounds that could make a few great masculine birthday cards.  I thought it would look great if the rainbow colors were behind a large word cutout. However, I didn’t have any die that was big enough for what I wanted, so I went to my Silhouette to create the word HAPPY in the size I wanted.  It’s easy to make two separate cards with the positive and negative words.  I really like the way the cards turned out.

I began by creating a file in my Silhouette that was just smaller than the width of a horizontal A2 cardbase.  I wanted the letters to be a little chunky and so I used the Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, but I stretched it to be a little taller.  I cut the word from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

Next I ink blended a half sheet of 80# cardstock with the Distress Ink listed below.  I love the way it turned out.  I die cut a rectangle of the rainbow blended paper with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  I placed the cutout letters onto the card to determine the placement of the secondary sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments.  It was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the cutout letters for added dimension.  The easiest way to make sure the individual letters are spaced correctly and straight it to put the negative of the cutout on the card and use it as a template to place the letters, which adhered easily with the foam tape.

Next, I cut a piece of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam to be 1/8″ smaller than the rainbow rectangle.  A horizontal A2 cardbase was created from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the rainbow rectangle was adhered to the cardbase using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

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The second card was used by taking the negative word cutout and cutting it down to a narrow strip.  Next leftover rainbow cardstock was added behind the strip.  To add a little more interest some gold mirror cardstock was cut just wider than the strip and added to the back.

A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle.  Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was added to the back.  The word strip was placed on the white rectangle to determine placement of the secondary sentiment from Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake Stamp set, which was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The “HAPPY” strip was adhered to the white rectangle using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A horizontal A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal word rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

Products Used Card 1:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Silhouette Happy Cutout with Franklin Gothic Heavy Font at 138.5 pt, stretched taller to 1 5/8”
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments 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 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

Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio Masculine Birthday

I like the Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio stamp.  It makes a quick and easy card that, depending on the colors you use, can easily make a masculine birthday card.

To make this card masculine I used a green and cream striped paper from Keeping Memories Alive Meadow Green Ribbon Cardstock.  I cut a rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and added a slightly smaller rectangle of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam, which was added to the back of the panel.  The rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 Cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I stamped the cupcake trio to a quarter sheet of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was colored with Copic Markers, colors are listed below.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  For added interest to the focal image I wanted to die cut it with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle, but it didn’t leave enough room at the bottom for the sentiment, so it was cut with Spellbinders Label 28.  The label was cut again with Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and then trimmed to just smaller than the original.  Once the foam was adhered to the focal image it was glued to the front of the card using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  To add a little more gold to the card the flourishes were traced with Stickles Tidings and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Whimsy Stamps Cupcake Treat Trio
  • Spellbinders Label 28
  • Keeping Memories Alive Meadow Green Ribbon Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Stickles Tidings
  • Copic: E40, E41, E42; B05, B02, B01; YG17, YG03, YG01; Y08, Y04, Y02
  • Darice Adhesive Fun Foam

Sizzix Balloons & Cupcake Masculine Birthday

I think clean and simple cards are more masculine in nature.  This card was inspired by Echo Park Dots and Strips Red and Gold Cardstock.

The cardstock has a red background with gold polka dots and so I decided to use Paper Accents Gold Mirror cardstock to create the cupcake.  I used my bone folder to create the lines in the cupcake base.  For the frosting I used some Flower Soft Snow, which was pressed into a heavy coating of Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party Die, cut once from gold mirror cardstock and three more times with red cardstock from my scraps.  All were glued together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray.

To assemble the card a rectangle of the Echo Park Dots and Strips Red and Gold Cardstock was cut with the WPlus9 Gift Card Layers rectangle, which takes up the entire front of an A2 size card.  The cardbase is made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the red and gold rectangle was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The bottom of the cupcake was adhered to the front of the card with one layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the cupcake top/frosting was adhered with two layers of foam tape.  The sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

This card was easy to make, but I liked the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Echo Park Dots and Strips Red and Gold Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Sizzix Balloons & Cupcake Die
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½ Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive Spray
  • Flower Soft Snow

Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Masculine Birthday

The graphic element of Hero Arts Tiny Flags creates a great masculine birthday card.  Most men I know like the color blue and so the distress blending of blues and greens it a visually pleasing design.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  Before stamping the Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background stamp with VersaMark ink an anti-static pad was used to eliminate any oils from the surface to ensure the Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder would only stick where wanted.

Distress ink was applied using the Ranger Mini Embossing Tool.  Colors used are: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers.  Blue Offray Grosgrain Ribbon was was tied around the panel and tied in a knot, then the panel was glued to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

For the focal image the Just Right Spellbinders Nested Medallion Labels was used to cut some Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock. Inkadinkadoo’s Happy Birthday was stamped on the label with VersaMark Ink and sprinkled with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and heat set with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  “Happy Birthday” was added from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party stamp.

The label was adhered to the ink blended panel using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. Tiny blue confetti stars were added to the label with Multi Matte Medium and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background
  • Inkadinkadoo Happy Birthday
  • Winnie & Walter the Big the Bold and Party
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Distress: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers

Darkroom Door Word Block Birthday Background

A word background stamp can make a clean and simple masculine card. This card uses the Darkroom Door Word Black Birthday Background, embossing, and ink blending techniques.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes. An anti-static pad was used prior to stamping the background with VersaMark Ink. Gina K. Designs White Detail Embossing Powder was melted with the Marvy Embossing Tool.  Next Walnut Stain Distress Ink was added using a Ranger Mini Blending Tool, with the darkest concentration on the edges.

Two balloons were cut from scrap red patterned cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Party Balloon dies and then ink blended with Barn Door Distress Ink.  Red DFN Craft Thread was tied to the bottom of the ballons, then the ballons were adhered to the background panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  The balloon ties were wrapped around the bottom of the panel and adhered in place with scotch tape.  The panel then was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Cardstock with Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate Cardstock and embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder the adhered to the front of the panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold and Christmas Mix were scattered around the front of the card and adhered with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. Sparkle was added to the balloons using the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Darkroom Door Word Block Birthday
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain and Barn Door
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Chocolate
  • DFN Craft Thread
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • PPP Metallic Gold and Christmas Mix

 

Dark Room Door Word Block Happy Masculine Card

A simple masculine birthday card can be made using a background word stamp and some colorful ink blending.

A panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables and then prepped with an anti-static tool before stamping the Dark Room Door Word Black Happy background stamp with VersaMark Ink.  Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder was then added and heat embossed.

Next Distress Ink was blended onto the card panel using the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool in a rainbow order with the following inks: Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Barn Door.  The panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Darice Adhesive Fun Foam to add dimension.

A sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments was stamped with VersaMark Ink on 120# Gina K. Designs Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darkroom Door Word Block Happy
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White and 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Barn Door

Masculine Birthday Card with MFT Chevron Coverup

Some of the most challenging cards for me are masculine birthday cards and I have a lot of guys that I need throughout the year. Graphic elements can make a great card and I really like the look of this card that was made using the negative space leftover from My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

First I took a piece of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and used the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to create an ombre of color with the following Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick.  The panel was run through the Big Shot with My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

To add dimension three additional coverups were cut using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and all were adhered together using Elmer’s Adhesive Spray and then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was then cut into a fishtail banner and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • MFT Chevron Coverup
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons

Masculine Birthday with MFT Chevron Coverup II

Great cards can be made using negative elements from a graphic die. This card that was made using the negative space leftover from My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

A piece of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and used the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to create an ombre of color with the following Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick.  The panel was run through the Big Shot with My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

To add dimension to the chevron stripes I cut thin strips of 3M 1/2″ foam tape and applied it to the back of each strip.  (In retrospect I think it would have been much easier to cut the die again using Darice Adhesive Fun Foam.)  Using the cutout panel the strips were adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

Matching balloons were die cut from scraps of paper with Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam tape, with the front balloon using a double thickness of foam tape.  The balloon ties were made from red DFN Craft Thread.  To keep the loops I put a dollop of Tombo Mono Multi Glue on my thumb and applied it to the thread.  This allows it to stiffen and it can be shaped while still wet and will dry in the desired shape.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • MFT Chevron Coverup
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons

 

Noble Deer Masculine Birthday Card

My brother-in-law is an avid hunter and my sister is a saint since their home and cabin is decorated in hundreds of stuffed animals.  Although I like to take pictures of these noble creatures, Kirk enjoys the challenge of the hunt and has done it in Russia, Alaska, Africa, New Zealand, to name a few, and all across the United States.  The Stampin’ Up Noble Deer is the perfect stamp for a card for Kirk.

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I began by using the Avery Elle Double Pierced Squares dies to create a square from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I love this cardstock when using Copic markers because it does not bleed through.  Next I stamped the image with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, however, I stamped off once to lighten the ink.  I used the following Copic Markers to color image.

  • Deer: E33, E35, E37, E41
  • Grass: Y93, Y95
  • Trees: E49, G28, G85
  • Cloud: C1, C2
  • Sky: BG0000, BG 10

I created a top folding A2 cardbase from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I cut some plaid cardstock I had in my stash with the rectangle from WPlus9 Gift Card Layers die and glued it directly to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Next I die cut some craft cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and placed the focal image on top to determine where to stamp the sentiment from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments with Memento Espresso Truffle ink.  To add some interest I took some twine I had in my stash and tied it just above the sentiment and then used a pick to spread the ends.

Next I used some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to apply the focal image to the sentiment panel, and then I used some fun foam on the back of the craft panel, being sure to leave a channel for the thickness of the twine, and adhered it to the plaid cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

SUPPLIES USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory
  • Stampin’ Up Noble Deer
  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Adhesive Fun Foam
  • Memento Espresso Truffle Ink
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Squares dies
  • WPlus9 Gift Card Layers die Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles die
  • Copic Markers: E33, E35, E37, E41; Y93, Y95; E49, G28, G85; C1, C2; BG10, BG0000

Happy Birthday Chemistry Man

My son Patrick has a birthday this week.  His degree is in Chemistry and he manages an environmental lab in the Seattle area.  My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry was the perfect stamp and die set to create his birthday card.00272aw

I knew I wanted to create a shaker card with the beakers, but I wanted to have a colorful and chemistry related background.  I began by ink blending Distress inks on some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, colors used are listed below.  After getting the blending the way I wanted, I lightly spritzed the cardstock with water to further blend the colors and let it dry.

Next I determined where I wanted my sentiment and then prepared the cardstock with by Embossing Buddy to remove any oils, this ensures the embossing powder only adheres to where you have stamped.  I stamped the sentiment and chemistry symbols all around the card with VersaMark ink.  I used Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Power and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

First I sized the panel to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ with the WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Rectangle.  I then die cut the beakers with the matching dies.  The first time I did this the tape tore the cardstock and I had to start all over again.  Once I had the openings for my shaker card, I glued some acetate to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Next, I used double thick 3M 1/2″ foam tape to create the wells and to support the card panel.  For the shaker wells I added Beader Paradise Anniversary and some multi-color beads I’ve had in my stash for years.  00272w

I was going to place the panel directly on a Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardbase, but decided it would be easier to add a backer sheet just smaller than the panel first.  I used Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to blend the center of the backer sheet to give a glow behind the openings.  I then glued the card front to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

I like the way the card tuned out, let’s hope Patrick likes it too.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Canson 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry Stamp and Die
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber
  • Beader Paradise Anniversary