I was needing some masculine birthday cards and thought about using three cutout squares across a card front. I don’t have a die that will cut all three, so I took a quarter sheet panel of cardstock and drew a line across the card where I wanted the bottom of the squares to be. I marked the center of the card with pencil and placed the square die so it aligned with both markings. I then marked with pencil the spacing I wanted between the dies and simply aligned them with the marked lines and tick mark. It worked great.
I cut down the panel using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. For some visual interest I ran the panel through the Big Shot using Stampin’ Up Brick and Mortar Embossing Folding. To define the bricks I ink blended some Distress Oxide Weathered Wood.
I wanted a sentiment in the center box and so I laid it on another panel of cardstock and drew a pencil mark around the square to know the perfect placement. I went through my stamp to find a great sentiment to fit in the square.
A strip of acetate was adhered to the back of the windows and then double thickness foam tape was added around the windows and the entire back of the card. Black and silver sequins and silver beads were placed in the wells of the two outer squares. The paper backing was removed from the foam tape and then the stamped panel was placed on the back.
I liked the card, but I wanted to add a pop of color. I gook some red mirror cardstock and heat foiled a sentiment with silver foil and then cut it out using a Pink and Main sentiment Strip. I decided to cut out a small cupcake with silver mirror cardstock for the cupcake and red mirror for the cherry. It was adhered to the left of the sentiment strip, which was adhered to the front of the card with liquid glue.
I liked it, but I felt I needed a bit more red. The square dies I had used were from Ellen Hutson’s Essential line. They cut a thin frame as well as the shape. I decided to cut the squares again from red mirror cardstock and adhered the thin frame into the center of the squares. It was just what was needed.
The shaker card front was placed on a side folding red cardbase and the card was done.
- CZ Designs Stop Drop Party
- Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
- Stampin’ Up Brick and Mortar Embossing Folding
- Paper Accents Red and Silver Mirror Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs Base Weight Cherry Red Cardstock
- Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
- My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
- Ellen Hutson Essential Square Dies
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- Darice Sticky Back Foam
- Gemini FoilPress Silver Foil
- Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
- Distress Oxide Weathered Wood Ink
- My Favorite Things Mini Cupcake Maker
- Honey Bee Stamps Galaxy Sequin Mix
- Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Sequins
- Pink and Main Sentiment Strip