Masculine Birthday Card: In the Game of Life

 

I have a large family with lots of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and good friends, in fact I have 99 people on my birthday list, so I am constantly making birthday cards.  I find masculine birthday cards the hardest.  I naturally gravitate to flowers and pretty cards, but that just doesn’t work for guys.  So I put my thinking cap on and came up with several designs inspired by a couple of pads of paper I had on hand.  Here is the first.00183a

I pulled out The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack and die cut the bowling pin paper with the largest rectangle from Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  Since I wanted a sentiment that would tie into bowling I printed “In the Game of Life, You’re a Ten”  in red ink on a side fold card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Once it was printed I scored the card at 4 1/4″.  The “Happy Birthday” was stamped below using Hero Hues Black ink and Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother.  Before adhering the pattern paper panel with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to the cardbase I cut the cardbase down 1/8″ on each side so the spacing would be even on either side of the panel, the overall size of the card was now 5 1/4 x 8 1/2″.

The star burst is Sihouette Design ID #13645 cut with my Cameo in Recollections red glitter cardstock.  The Bowling pins and ball (Design ID #40719) were also cut with the Cameo out of Gina K. Designs 80# White and 100# Red Velvet cardstock.  All the pieces were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two outer pins were adhered to the star burst with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the center one with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, along with the bowling ball.  I covered the bowling ball with Glossy Accents for a little interest and dimension.

I thought I was done at this point, but the patterned paper seemed pretty dull so I covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, which you can see in the picture below, although it isn’t quite as shiny as shown.

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother
  • Hero Hues Black ink
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Sihouette Cameo

A Flurry of Hearts

This card was inspired by one I saw a few years ago by Dana Seymour. You can see her card at: http://forum.papertreyink.com/forum/gallery2.php?g2_itemId=76070.

There are times when I want to give my husband or children a card letting them know how much I love them.  I really like how this one turned out. It is clean and simple, yet elegant.

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The hearts are from Papertrey Ink Heart Prints and were cut with the matching dies. I stamped them on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock with VersaMark ink, applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

The cardbase is also Gina K. Design 120# Ivory Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and folded at 5 1/2″.  The hearts were scattered on the lefthand side of the card front.  Two were adhered directly to base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the others were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.

For the sentiment I used a scrap of cardstock and completely covered it with VersaMark ink and applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder twice to give it a smooth finish.  I then cut the word love from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love die three times and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Before adhering the die cut I stamped the phrase “SENDING YOU” from the same stamp set and then adhered the word below.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Heart Prints stamp and die
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

 

Hello Beautiful

I love creating birthday cards for family.  I think about their favorite colors and try to make sure that the card is something they know was made just for them.  This card was created for my sister-in-law Hilda.  She is a special lady and I wanted her card to be special for her.  I used My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms and their matching dies to create her card.

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Altenew inks make it so easy to be successful with multi-layered images. For these flowers I used the following inks: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen.

I die cut a panel of Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, which adds a lovely detail the edges of the panel.  I laid out the flowers on the panel until I liked the way they were arranged.  This allowed me to determine where I wanted the sentiment to be stamped, which is from Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful.  I then glued some of the flowers and leaves to the panel, adhered others with one layer of 3M 1/2″ foam tape, and the last with two layers of foam tape, giving dimension to the bouquet of flowers.

The purple cardstock for the card came from my stock of colored paper.  I cut it to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″.  I then glued the panel directly to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I cut another stitched panel and adhered it to the inside of the card with Elmer’s Glue Runner, added a small flower and leaf to the left corner and stamped the greeting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS” from Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday stamp set.  I scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and the card was finished.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Purple Card Stock
  • My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday Stamp
  • Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Altenew Inks:  Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Glue Runner
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
  • Sizzix Big Shot