Farm Life Masculine Birthday Card

This is another masculine birthday card using a Gina K. Designs stamp set. I like the final outcome, but as you will see with the second image below I originally had completed the card without any coloring.  I had tried to color it with Copic Markers but felt it detracted from the rustic feel of the image and so it was stamped a second time.  Later in the day it was still sitting on my desk when I was working on another card that I colored with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils.  Since I felt the design was lacking something to make it pop, and colored pencils give a grainier look, I thought I would give them a try with this card and felt it made all the difference.

I stamped the image on a quarter of an 8 1/2 x 11 80# Ivory Cardstock from Gina K. Designs with a combination of Memento Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand Ink.  The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set and was stamped with both of the inks as well.  The focal image panel was die cut with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I had planned to put the image on some kraft cardstock, but the browns did not blend well with one another and so I ink blended both Rich Cocoa and Deseret Sand on the Gina K. Designs 120# Kraft Cardstock, but something was still missing, so I die cut the kraft cardstock with another rectangle using the largest rectangle for the die set and ink blended the edges.  I will say that Memento Ink does not ink blend well and will keep that in mind for future cards.  I decided to use a cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock and liked the way all of the elements looked together. The focal image was adhered to the kraft cardstock with Sookwang Be Creative Adhesive Tape and then Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was added to the back of the kraft rectangle, which was then adhered to the dark chocolate cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done, until I added color using the Derwent Inktense Pencils later in the day.


  • Gina K. Designs Farm Life
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Memento Deseret Sand Ink
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1320 Ionian Green, 1720 Tan, 1740 Saddle Brown, 2100 Charcoal Grey
  • Gina K. Designs 80# Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Craft Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Dark Chocolate Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Fun Foam
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles

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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