Men’s Birthday Card – Wilderness Adventure

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This is the card that I am making for my Fiance for his 27th Birthday . He has more than been hinting lately that he wants to go camping. I love camping, but it’s just a schedule issue why we haven’t gone lately. You see, a person needs free time to go camping and that is something I have none of lately! I did, however, make sure to put aside a little bit of time to make him a Birthday Card. This card is not yet finished. I need to do the inside, but I am just to excited to wait to share it! The inside is going to say “let’s go on an adventure”. The adventure being camping. The weekend of his Birthday, I have nothing that I need to do because I am going to make sure to get it done during the week. So , when he opens the card, I will tell him we can leave that weekend if he wants to. I will share the card again when it’s completed, but I just had to show it so far! By the way, the tree that I used is actually the Love Hearts Tree that I made. I just snapped off a few branches to make it more manly. Pretty cool, huh? If you want to purchase the tree, just click right here. It’s $4.95 and made of THICK 1/8″ wood , but the branches snap off easily since they are a thin cut. It adds a ton of dimension. I used a wood-grain stamp and inked the edges to make it look like it belongs.  The tree is actually pretty large, but this card is huge so it kind of dwarfs the largeness of the tree. I will post the exact dimensions when it is finished, but I believe it’s at least 8″ wide. That’s it for now. Thank you for peeking!

Shooting Star Window Birthday Card

I really wanted to be thrilled with this card, I swear! However, I feel that when I dreamt up this design, I was dreaming of  it as a shabby chic room with soft tones and subtle signs of wear. Since I was supposed to be designing a card for a man, I decided that I would keep the design, but change the colors to make it masculine. I mean, that’s not a terrible idea, right? That’s what I thought, but now I am thinking that I thought wrong. Besides the color scheme, there are a few other things on this card that just feel, well, off. Some of that rips in the “wallpaper” are a little to perfect which makes it look fake. I am now thinking that one large rip or two medium size rips may have made a more dramatic look and given the effect that I was going for a lot better. I am a little bothered that my handwriting on “make a wish” isn’t that pretty and because I hand wrote it, it is off center. I think with a few tweaks, this card design could look amazing!

If you want to know how I did anything, just ask! I am even willing to do a pictorial tutorial or a video tutorial. The window was made using ECAL software and cut with an EClips machine. I am starting to like that machine more and more since I moved the desktop into my craft room 🙂 . Thanks for checking out my card and stopping by!

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Another Men’s Birthday Card

I just finished making this birthday Card for my boyfriend. I’m really happy with how it came out and I’m very excited to give it to him next week! Here are some pictures. I’m not going to get into the techniques too much, but if you want to know how I did something better, just ask in the comments and I’ll be very happy to answer you !
Here are all of the pictures:

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I cut this out using my new eclips machine. I made this using ecal software. I cut it out on white 65lb cardstock .

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I dabbed distress inks on my craft sheet and spritzed them with a mini mister.

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I blotted up the ink onto the die cut shape. I wanted it to match the patterned  cardstock one that I also cut with my eclips. That shape and the grungepaper shape were cut using some free files I got from http://www.svgcuts.com .

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I also used distress inks to make my grungepaper match by just swiping them directly onto the grungepaper and patting it on the ink pads too.

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At that point I put my top shape onto the patterned cardstock and noticed the colors were too close, so I added a darker blue to the happy Birthday saying .

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Using an ATG gun I attached the two together .

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I used dimensional adhesive to add the top saying .

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I then cut a piece of lightweight chipboard to 12″ x 6″ and scored at 6″. I distressed the edges with a tonic paper distressing tool.

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I painted the front with  vintage white acrylic paint, not worrying about having full coverage . This was good enough since I am adding inks .

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I picked a couple different colors (actually 4 I think) of distress inks and started swiping the ink pad onto the chipboard .

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Next I added ribbon by measuring the middle of the card and cutting a slit to feed it through.

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After gluing the ribbon down, I pierced holes in all of the pointed corners of the frame.

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I put brads through the pierced holes to hold everything down.

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This is what the inside looked like after, so I knew I’d need to add something to cover that .

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I adhered some of the same patterned cardstock that I used on the front onto the inside of the card . I also used a distress ink around the edges.

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I cut out a piece of white cardstock, used the paper distressing tool on the edges and used  a small sponge wedge with forest moss distress ink.

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I stamped this bike from a Tim Holtz stamp set using Archival Ink .

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The back of the card has a quote from a Tim Holtz stamp set and a stamp I had custom made . I’m going to write my own message on the inside, but liked that quote, so I added it to the back.

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Hope you enjoyed this post ! Now go create something 🙂

Happy Birthday Dad Card

My dad’s birthday it’s a coming up on March 10th and my boyfriends quickly follows on the 24th , so to avoid any last minute scrambling  I already made my dad’s card.

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Front

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Inside

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Back

I’m not going to get into the details, but if you are curious how I did something, what tools, stamps, etc I used, just comment and I’ll gladly let you know.

Also, do you think this card is masculine enough ? Maybe it is a unisex card ? Or is it not masculine enough ?

Thanks for checking it out!