Male 40th

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Birthday cards are the ones we all make more than other cards, and male cards are always more tricky. So here is a male card for a 40th birthday that I made recently.

For a big birthday I wanted to make something more special so I made a shaker card. The base of the card has some stamping on it in distress oxides (walnut stain and wild honey). On top of the card are some die cut cogs which coordinate with the card inside the shaker.

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Music time

The sponsor for this challenge is Twinkle Lane. Each week we invite you to join us at the Through the craft room door blog, the theme is always anything goes!

girl standing in front of a wall

I printed this image twice so great I could choose a couple of the elements to decoupage to give a bit of depth.

The background paper is some rice paper with some black soot distress oxide in the area under the image so that the image stands out from the background. I also added a strip of washi tape which is gold and tones in with the image.

The image has been coloured with distress oxide inks and some metallic pigment inks.

Here is a summary of the materials:

  • Kraft 300gsm card base
  • Image and sentiment from Twinkle Lane
  • Sheet music rice paper
  • Ink pads as pictured above
  • Musical gold washi tape

As always, I hope that you like the card. It’s lovely to see that you’ve stopped by to leave a comment. Thank you.


CRAFT challenge – #611

The sponsor for this challenge is Doctor Digi and the theme is Baby/family. Each week we invite you to join us at Trimmies Craft Challenge going with the theme.

Coloured with Chameleon pens, t ty his image made me think of all of the people that have been out nurturing their gardens while lockdown has been going on.

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Dream Valley Challenge #203 – Only Boys Allowed

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I love this gamer image from Sheepski Designs, our sponsor this time. So many men are gamers these days that would be an excellent digital image to add to you collection.

I coloured in the image with my chameleon pens and cut it out on my scan n cut machine. I stamped the sentiment from a stamp set I have in my stash and inked up the background behind it. The background paper I also added ink to and stamped with the second generation stamping technique so that the background was muted. I mounted the sentiment onto black card to make it stand out. The controller die cut I had in my stash and I just added some rubbing wax to it.

CRAFT challenge #514 – Fathers Day

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This image made me think of the exaggeration we sometimes hear about when a guy has been fishing…. I could just imaging him actually sitting against a tree thinking about how big the fish he just lost really was and this was the thought I wanted him to have on the card. I think he’s dreaming of the size he’d like to report back when he sees his mates!

I chose to mount this on a background paper which looked masculine and distressed, and to colour the digital image with some water colour pencils.

I’ve had these pencils for many years (since I was a teenager) and can remember my next door neighbour borrowing them to try them out. He was a well respected artist within Birmingham, an ex Head Teacher and a man who I respected greatly. He did me a picture with them of a jazz band which I still gave to this day. Sadly he himself is no longer with us.

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#469 CRAFT challenge – Father’s Day / Male

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The image and the sentiment are from sweet n sassy. I used a white piece of card which I embossed and inked for the background.

I’ve used this embossing folder several times for men’s cards as it give an instantly manly feel to a card. The tools fitted with this theme too. Quite a simple design but I think it looks good.