Hello my crafty friends and thanks so much for stopping by today. I want to share with you this masculine birthday card that I created yesterday for a friend. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find masculine cards- especially birthday cards- to be a little difficult. That’s why I want to share this card with you! Not only was it easy to do but it works for masculine or gender neutral cards. Keep reading to see what I did!
First, let’s start with the basics. I cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth* cardstock down to A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″). I then took two strips of painters tape and taped my paper to my Altenew Weave Builder Stencil, using the back of the packaging as my guide as to how the orientation should go. I made sure that the card was completely covered by the stencil and that none of the cardstock was hidden by the edges of the stencil.
The first color I blended onto my cardstock was the Distress Oxide Ink in ‘Mowed Lawn’. I used the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply the color to the cardstock. Once I was satisfied with the coverage of the first card, I carefully peeled the stencil off of the tape and wiped it off with my microfiber cloth*. I do that because with this stencil you have to flip it over to do the second part and I didnt’ want any stray ink from the first part going where I didn’t want it to go when I flipped it over and taped it back down. Once I had it lined up and taped down I took the Distress Oxide Ink in ‘Twisted Citron’ and blended that onto the cardstock. Once I was happy with what I saw, I peeled the stencil off and wiped it down with a baby wipe on both sides and then dried it with my microfiber cloth.
Next is the die cutting portion of this card! I used the Scripty Let’s Celebrate die from Simon Says Stamp for this card. I cut the words from a piece of Tonic Gold Mirror cardstock and I cut the shadow from a green piece of Simon Says Stamp cardstock (I can’t remember the name, I got it as a single piece in a card kit). Once I had run both pieces through my die cutting machine, I got to work putting them together. The word die cuts the words into two seperate pieces. One piece has ‘Let’s’ and ‘ate’ attached together and the other piece has the ‘celebr’ part of the sentiment. I used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue down my scripty words. Since I’m lining it up on a shadow, I find it easier to get the words lined up just right. I then flipped the green cardstock over and applied Tombow Mono Multi glue to the back of it and attached it to the front of our stenciled piece.
Next I applied 1/4″ Scor Tape* to the back of my stenciled panel and attached it to a side folding A2 card base made from Neenah 110 lb Cardstock. For the inside sentiment I used a stamp from a Sizzix Happy Birthday sentiment stamp set and I stamped it using my favorite Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink. I then felt that it looked a little plain on the inside so I took a little birthday cake image from a ‘My Monthly Hero’ kit from Hero Arts and stamped it using Lawn Fawn ‘Freshly Cut Grass’ dye ink. And that was it, I told you it was pretty easy.
Here’s the final product, what do you think? I find stencils to be a great way to make masculine or gender neutral cards. I refrained from using any embellishments which is hard because I LOVE embellishments.
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