Do you struggle with creating masculine birthday cards? I know this is a common complaint. I have that same difficulty. However, the planning of this masculine birthday card came together quite quickly.
As I had not made a masculine card for quite some time, I was a little apprehensive. In particular, I wanted my masculine birthday card to have a high contrast of colors, a repetition of design, a Stitched So Sweetly die, and a subtle Elegant Faceted gem. So, I gathered my supplies, and much to my surprise, the card almost designed itself. I especially like the pop of color the Cajun Craze cardstock adds.
To provide a little continuity and additional interest to the inside of the card, I added a small strip of the In Good Taste DSP, with a smaller border of Basic Black cardstock. Don’t forget that decorating the inside of your card provides a more cohesive look.
Let’s make a Simply Thankful card. Sometimes we just need to stop and take the time to be thankful for all the good things. With everything that is currently going on in the world, being thankful can be difficult. However, if we take a moment and ponder the small blessings that touch our lives every day, we can become simply thankful.
When I first started on my card making journey, I never decorated the inside of my cards. Despite that misstep, I have learned just as in life, that often the inside is much more important. We choose the right sentiment, write the heartfelt message, and add a little something to reflect the front of our card. These steps make our cards more memorable and often touch the hearts of our recipients.
I love Poinsettias; it’s just that simple. It doesn’t matter what color the bracts (modified leaves) are; white, pink, red to purple, yellow, orange, or salmon. I love them all! Every year I look forward to finding them in the store, purchasing them, and bringing them home with me. They just make me smile.
Isn’t it amazing how the use of the Ornate Layer dies, Scripty 3D embossing folder, and Poinsettia dies really add to the overall look of the card? Such small little touches, however, they really change what could be an average card into something beautiful. Are you adding die cuts and embossing folders to your cards?
Even though we often need them, creating a heartfelt sympathy card can be very difficult. It does not matter whether it is for a loved one or a casual friend; they become a necessary part of our card making repertoire.
Wanting to design a card that was not only easy to replicate, but timeless, and thought-provoking, the Love of Leaves bundle, came to mind. With minimal stamping and the simplicity of a single leaf, this card ultimately expresses heartfelt sympathy.
I am hopeful the recipient will appreciate the calmness this card portrays and the thoughts of nature. When the time comes, and you require a sympathy card, I hope this will come to mind, and you too will create one.
THICK Whisper White cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4″ x 11″; score and fold at 5-1/2″
Gold Foil Sheet (1st layer) — 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
Whisper White cardstock (2nd layer) — 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ – emboss the sentiment with Gold Embossing powder
Gold Foil Sheet (3rd layer) — 2-5/8″ x 3-7/8″
Whisper White cardstock (4th layer) — 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ – die-cut with the stitched leaf die
Gold Foil Sheet — 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ – embossed with leaf die and place under the “4th layer” piece of Whisper White cardstock
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It seems as though I always need thank you cards; I especially love this Forever Blossoms thank you card. The Forever Blossoms stamp set is so versatile, especially with the matching CherryBlossom dies.
I colored the Forever Blossoms images with the SU! Blends Alcohol Markers. Yes, coloring can seem intimidating. However, it isn’t. Just a few simple tricks, and you, too, can create beautifully colored images.
Take a moment to watch my video below and learn just how simple coloring with SU! Blends can be!
Hopefully, you will take time to create this lovely Forever Blossoms Thank You card.
Don’t you love the bright cheerful colors on my Painted Poppies Birthday Wishes card? As you know, I absolutely love to color, and I especially enjoy coloring with the SU Stampin’Blends Alcohol Markers. The blending technique with alcohol markers is so easy and the results can be fabulous.
The new Coastal Weave 3D embossing folder adds such great detail to the front of my card. You might also note that I’ve cut around the poppy on the inside edge of the card. It is such a small touch, providing beautiful results.
In particular, I love the soft Old Olive color blending at the base of the poppies. I used the Craft Ink Blending Brushes, set of 5, from Amazon. I have always had difficulty with sponges and sponge daubers. The sponging was always blotchy and not as clean and smooth as I would have liked. However, with the Craft Ink Brushes, the results are just what I’ve always wanted. All and all, I am so pleased with the look of my Painted Poppies Birthday Wishes card. I do hope you will give it a try!!
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