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Masculine Birthday Cards

by: Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 5.5" x 4.25"

Bike (Hot off the Press)
Happy Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Aqua Mist card stock (Papertrey Ink)
Solar White card stock (Neenah)
Patterned paper Fine and Dandy Boy (My Mine's Eye)
Heated Pearls technique piece (from stash)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad (Tsukinkeo)
Classic Rectangle Large and Small dies (Spellbinders)
Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart)
Buttons (Papertrey Ink)
Zots (Therm O' Web)
Double sided adhesive (Scotch 3M)


I think many of us struggle with masculine-themed cards.  I know I do.  But I have a few suggestions of things I do to make the process easier.  I needed to make some birthday cards for my brother and brother-in-law.  (My husband, too, but that's for another day.)

  1. The first thing I did was pull out my more masculine patterned paper mini stacks and started flipping through them.  I tend to rely on a couple of themes for masculine cards:  sports, nature/animals and occasionally steampunk.  I kept this in mind as I looked for paper.
  2. The next thing I did was search for a sketch.  I find when I'm struggling, a sketch often helps jumpstart my muse.  I don't worry about following the sketch exactly, it's just to help me get started.
  3. I made this card for my brother-in-law who likes to bicycle.  In fact, he doesn't even own a car and walks or bikes most everywhere.
  4. Here are the supplies I gathered.
  5. I made the card base out of Aqua Mist card stock and layered it with the banner patterned paper.
  6. Then I stamped the bike on the white card stock and die cut it.
  7. I die cut a slightly larger mat from a technique piece I had in my stash.  It is the heated pearls technique.  That's not the point of this blog post, but if you search for it, instructions can be found on the web.
  8. I stamped the birthday sentiment below the bike, adhered the focal piece to the heated pearls mat and then to the card base.
  9. I embellished the card with buttons, which were on the sketch, but chose to use a butterfly instead of buttons in the upper right corner.

I'm also including a picture of the card I made for my brother, without the step-by-step directions.  My brother loves animals and has a cat, so I thought this whimsical cat image would work good for his card.  Cat stamp is from Zim Prints and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I hope these suggestions help you the next time you need to make a masculine card.

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