Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Masculine Hello

I needed a masculine hello card to send to a gentleman who recently moved into our ward at church.  I had been making cards using the alphabet dies from Altenew and thought that I would use the new large capital letters to die cut the word hello and adhere them vertically on an A2 cardbase.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I used some navy and gold striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright paper pad and really liked the way it turned out.

The letters are very large and took up the full height of the card and about half of the width.  I die cut a rectangle of Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy Cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The letters were cut from the Paper Studio striped paper and black sticky back foam.  The two were adhered together and then the letters were glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.  Easy and yet still striking.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy and White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

It is amazing that in making a card one small change can take a card from so-so to stunning.  I had recently purchased some great graphic cardstock with gold foiling because I thought it would make great masculine cards.  I started with some navy and gold connecting circles paper.  I die cut a rectangle using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.   Next I die cut the word happy using Altenew’s Bold Alphabet dies along the bottom of the foiled paper.   I wanted to do an inlay technique and so I die cut the words again from black sticky back foam and backed the letters to provide dimension.  I added Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock behind the rectangle to create a gold border and die cut some balloons using both Lawn Fawn Party Balloon and Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies.  I stamped the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink using My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I adhered the balloons with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered the letters back into their opening using Be Creative Tape because mirror cardstock can be tricky to adhere too and this is strong tape that works great.  But, I just didn’t love the card, the letters were lost in the pattern.  So I decided to use a Copic Marker (B39) to darken the letters and still didn’t like it.  I added some Wink of Stella and still it wasn’t a very good card, so I thought it was just one of those cards I would never use.

And then a few days latter after making another card with inlaid letters I had an aha moment.  I quickly die cut the word happy from gold mirror cardstock and adhered it on top of the previous blue words, offsetting just a little, and loved it.  I’ve shown both cards below so you can see the difference one small change can make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloon Dies
  • Avery Elle Balloons Stamp and Dies
  • Copic Marker B39
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • 3/8” Be Creative Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Die Masculine Birthday

I’ve said it before, but masculine cards are the most challenging for me.  I recently purchased Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Die set because I thought it would be good in making masculine cards, and I really like how it turned out.  For this card I really like how the bold gold and navy striped paper looks when die cut with these large letters and adhered to the front of a white panel.

I die cut the letters from this striking gold and navy striped paper from Paper Studio’s Be Bold…Be Bright collection.  I then cut them again from black sticky back craft foam.  This makes it really easy to add dimension to the letters. I cut a rectangle from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using the rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Bundles of Stitched Shapes and laid the letters on the panel to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages, stamped with In the Navy Gina K. Designs dye ink.

Balloons from Honey Bee’s Celebration Box were cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and strings of Sulky Gold Metallic Thread where adhered to the back with Scotch Tape.  The balloons were arranged and then picked up with Glad Press ‘n Seal.  This makes it easy to keep them together as arranged and turn them over to add glue to back.  They were adhered to the white panel using Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the strings were wrapped around the bottom of the panel and secured with Scotch Tape.

The letters were aligned using a T-Square ruler and a long strip of Post-it Tape was used to keep them all together.  Tombo Mono Multi Glue was added to the back and then the letters were adhered to the front of the panel.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the white focal image rectangle and then it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy cardstock.

Love the way this turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box Balloon Dies
  • Paper Studio Be Bold…Be Bright Paper Pad
  • Gina K. Designs 120# In the Navy
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Black Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Sulky Gold Metallic Thread
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle

 

Wishing You a Very Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made with Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil by ink blending the background with Distress Inks.  This time I stayed with only blue and green ink and used a different word sentiment die to complete the card.

The rest of the card is clean and simple, adding a die cut sentiment from matching blue cardstock and then giving a little visual color interest with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Text Block Birthday Portrait and was cut four time and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  A simple and easy card to make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Papertrey Ink Text Block Birthday Portrait
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil
  • Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
  • Copic Markers BG15 and BG18
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Wink of Stella
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Party! It’s Your Birthday

I recently purchased Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil and love the way it make a very graphic background that is perfect for Masculine Cards.  This one I ink blended the background with Distress Inks on the diagonal.

I love the combination of green, blue and yellow.  I decided to keep the rest of the card pretty clean and simple by adding a die cut sentiment from matching blue cardstock and then giving a little visual color interest with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Large Party Circle and was cut four time and adhered together with Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  The secondary sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Into the Words and was stamped with Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea Ink on 80# white cardstock and adhered just below the word “Party” with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape cut into a thin strip.  A simple and easy card to make.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Large Party Circle
  • Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil
  • Poppy Stamps Into the Words
  • Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea
  • Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Copic Markers BG15 and BG18
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

 

Party Balloons Masculine Birthday Card II

I love the combination of blue and green and decided to use this as the color combination for this masculine birthday card.

It is a clean and simple design that doesn’t take much time to create.  Scraps of green and blue glitter cardstock was pulled from my stash and die cut using My Favorite Things Party Balloons.  The strings for the balloons are from Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons dies and were cut from Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock. The strings were adhered to the back of the balloons with Scotch Tape.

The word “happy” was cut from the green glitter cardstock using WPlus9’s Happy Trio Die.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back and the rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The balloons were adhered to the focal image rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the word die cut was adhered over the tails of the balloons with the same glue.  The secondary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold and Party stamp set, was stamped with Gina K. Designs Blue Denim Ink just below the word “happy” and this quick and easy card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Party Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons (Strings)
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio Die
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Blue and Green Glitter Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Blue Denim Ink

Layered Cupcake Masculine Birthday Card

I liked the way the balloon card inspired by Doodlebug’s Sugar Coated Confetti cardstock turned out so much that I decided to create another card using Altenew’s Layered Cupcake stamp and die with the same color scheme.  It too makes a great masculine birthday card.

The image was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then the layers were stamped with the Altenew Inks listed below.  Once the coloring was complete it was die cut with the matching die.  My Wink of Stella was running a little dry and quite a bit came out at once when I pinched the barrel.  It looks really shiny in this picture, but the actual card isn’t as glittery.

For the focal image background the Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder was run through the Big Shot with Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then die cut with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the rectangle.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock and the embossed rectangle was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The cupcake was adhered to the focal rectangle with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

As with the previous card using the Doodlebug Sugar Coated Confetti cardstock to ensure the confetti didn’t peel off the die cut sentiment Ranger Glossy Accents were added.  Once dry the sentiment word was adhered to the front of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza Die
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24, R22, R17; E57, E55; YR21, YR23, YR24
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Happy Birthday Party Balloons Masculine Card

Inspiration for this card was the beautiful sugar coated confetti cardstock from Doodlebug.  I think it makes a great masculine birthday card.

Glitter cardstock matching the Doodlebug paper was found in my stash and then die cut using My Favorite things Party Balloons.  The strings for the balloons were die cut using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons and Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock.

The sentiment is from CZ Designs Birthday Palooze die.  The problem I found after cutting the word was that the confetti easily peels off the front of the cardstock, so I decided to cover it with Ranger Glossy Accents to keep them in place and ensure that they would remain intact for the recipient of the card.  I really liked the look of the dimension added in this process.

Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back.  An A2 top folding cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Red Hot Cardstock and the white rectangle was adhered to the front using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The balloon strings were adhered to the back of each balloon with Scotch Tape.  The orange balloon was adhered directly to the rectangle with liquid glue.  The red and yellow balloon strings were adhered with liquid glue, but 3M 1/2″ foam tape was adhered to the back of the balloon.

The happy was cut three additional time from red cardstock and all word die cuts were adhered together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Before adhered to the focal image the secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party was stamped with Altenew Crimson Ink.  The word die cut was then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Party Balloons
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons (Strings)
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza Die
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheets
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Orange, Yellow, and Red Glitter Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Red Hot and Black Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock
  • Altenew Crimson Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Woot – It’s Your Birthday Masculine Card

I love the way this masculine birthday card turned out.  The colorful background was created using the Concord & 9th Turnabout Sprinkles Stamp.  The colors were inspired by a flower arrangement I recently saw.  The CZ Designs Birthday Palooze open sentiment allows for you to color it to match the design.

The turnabout stamp is easy to use and the cupcake from Avery Elle’s Cupcakes makes a great masculine focal image.  It was stamped with Altenew Inks (listed below) and then highlighted using Copic Markers.  Once the cupcake coloring was complete it was cut using the matching dies.

The sprinkles background was die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with Altenew Crimson Ink and Colored with Copic Markers (listed below) to create an ombre effect.  It was then die cut with the matching die, and then again four additional time with white cardstock.  Each word die cut was adhered together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The secondary sentiment was stamped on Gina K. Designs Red Hot 120# Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip to be added under the die cut sentiment.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and sentiment strip.

An A2 cardbase was made from the same red cardstock and the sprinkles background was adhered to the front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  All focal images and sentiment items were adhered to the front of the cardbase with the same liquid adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Concord & 9th Turnaround Sprinkles Stamp
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die
  • Altenew Inks: Autumn Blaze, Olive, Maple Yellow, and Crimson
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: YR18, YR16, YR15; Y17, Y15, Y13; E55, E57
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Red Hot and Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Diamond Stencil Hello Card

I recently purchased the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil and decided to use it for a masculine hello card.  I really like the way that it turned out.

I ink blended a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks Broken China, Twisted Citron, and Fossilized Amber.  The Oxide Inks blend beautifully and seamlessly.  The panel was then die cut using the largest Memory Box Stitched Rectangle, which is the size of the front of an A2 cardbase.

For the sentiment a My Favorite Things Happy Hello die was cut from the bottom right of the panel and then again from black cardstock.  Be Creative Tape was added to the panel of the die cut work on the stenciled panel so that the black letters could be easily inlaid.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the panel and it was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Diamond Stencil
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Broken China, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hellos
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White and Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock