Enjoy the Journey Masculine Birthday Card

With this masculine birthday card I decided to go outside my comfort zone and use some distress images by Tim Holtz and a craft tag.  I don’t remember using a tag before when creating a card and I also heavily distressed the cardbase and focal images, but I like the way it turned out.

The stamp set used for this card is Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey. I really like the long, narrow sentiment, which was stamped on the left of the tag with Memento Rich Cocoa and the ticket image was stamped on the right.  On the bottom left the clock image was stamped and the tag edges were ink blended with Distress Vintage Photo Ink.  The card image was stamped on 80# Gina K. Designs Ivory Cardstock with the same Memento ink.  Vintage Photo Ink was also blended over the entire car image.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock.  I opened the card and masked off the back of the card with Post-it Labeling and Cover-it Tape and then ink blended the entire card front with the same Distress ink, leaving a lighter section in the middle.  I took some brown and cream bakers twine and ink blended it as well so that it would match the rest of the card.  The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Memento Rich Cocoa.

It was now time to assemble the card.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the tag and adhered on an angle to the card front.  The car was adhered on top of the tag with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and a little foam tape on the section that was hanging off the tag.

This is a very distressed and vintage card, but I think it will be enjoyed by whomever older friend is the recipient, and I learned to do something I hadn’t tried before.


  • Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Distress Vintage Photo Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Craft Tag
  • Brown and Cream Bakers Twine
  • 3M 1/2” Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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