Today I am showing you a birthday card I recently made for my Dad. I’m late posting this as I wanted to make sure he received it before ruining the surprise. So, I tend to struggle with masculine-themed cards a lot so I was very happy with how this one turned out. Masculine birthday cards can definitely be a challenge, but when I saw this die cut, I knew I had to use it. I have uploaded a YouTube video of the process if you would prefer to watch it.
- Generic pre-folded cardstock card (mine is Recollections brand)
- Piece of mixed media paper
- Dylusions Creative Dyary Dycuts
- Distress Inks
- Chipped Sapphire
- Faded Jeans
- Peeled Paint
- Candied Apple
- Mustard Seed
- Antique Linen
- Iced Spruce
- Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
- Square stencil by Ali Edwards
- Staz-On stamp pad in Jet Black
- Birthday Bash Sentiments stamp set from Papertrey Ink
- Papermate Flair Marker
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned above.
As with most of my distress ink projects, I started with the background. This allows it to dry before stamping the sentiment. Using the Faded Jeans ink as the background, I then accented the edges using the stencil and the Chipped Sapphire ink. I used masking tape to hold the stencil in place.
Next I moved on to the die cut. I used the inks to colour the dog image. For colouring the image, I used a make-up sponge to try and limit the amount of colour being deposited outside of the lines. Some colour did go over the edges but it added to the aesthetic appeal of the card. I used Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, and Iced Spruce inks.
Now that the background was dry, I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment along the bottom. I made sure to leave some space when I created the stenciled border so that the stamped image didn’t get lost. I used Staz-On ink to stamp my image. This brand is my favourite for projects where there’s concern about bleeding, smudging, or even just sticking to the surface. It was perfect for stamping over top of the Distress Inks. I wanted to round off the card by adding a border. I chose to draw the border free-hand with the Papermate Flair black pen. It gives the card more personality and a more finished look, while maintaining it’s slightly unkempt appeal.
Once everything was glued in place and dry, I adhered the mixed media paper with double-sided tape to the pre-folded card. For the inside, I reinforced it with a piece of cardstock to give the card even weight. Without this additional step, the card would be falling forward all the time.
I had a lot of fun making this card. Many of the techniques I used stem from playing in my art journal. I like to think of my art journal as my testing zone for cards and my bullet journal. It’s pretty freeing to just start throwing things together on a page. It definitely is starting to become more about the process versus the result and I can’t want to learn and experiment more.
If you have any questions or comments, please reach out below. I would love to hear what you think and any suggestions to try next time!
Thank you for your time today!