TMR 105 | Toucan Birthday | No Patterned Papers

Our new challenge at The Male Room is anything goes, which is always popular, with an optional twist of no patterned/designer papers. I don’t use patterned papers all that often so I decided I would definitely twist on my project. I ended up using various leftover snippets to create my card.

My starting point was my alcohol ink background, which I had leftover from creating another card. You can find the blog post for that other card here, plus a video here, if you’d like to see how it was made. I cut the panel down using the biggest die from Mama Elephant’s Framed Tags Lafayette, and kept the inner portion to use on this card. The frame created with the outer portion I will keep to use in future.

Next I die cut my other elements for the card. I used the toucan die that I got in the May 2018 Love From Lizi kit and cut a snippet of black and a snippet of white with it. I then coloured the white beak element with a yellow Spectrum Noir Illustrator Marker. I then pieced the toucan together to get the look I wanted. I also used another snippet of black card to cut a sentiment using the birthday die from the February 2018 Love From Lizi kit.

I used double-sided tape to adhere both the sentiment and toucan to my die cut alcohol inked panel. The black sentiment didn’t stand out as well as I would have liked, so I went over it with my glitter gel pen to help it stand out a bit more.

Next I worked on my card base. I decided to go for a black card base. I used some mirror gold peel-offs, which also came in the May 2018 kit, and added a couple of lines to go behind the main panel. I used just small snippets of the peel-offs so that I wouldn’t be wasting bits behind the panel where they wouldn’t be seen. I then used double-sided tape to add my focal panel into place. As a final touch I bought in three of the golden gems from the Love From Lizi February card kit.

I had fun making this card and am happy with how it turned out. I like that I was able to use up snippets and make use of elements from older card kits. As with the first time I used this alcohol ink background, I love the jungley look it gives and I think it works brilliantly paired with the toucan die. If this inspired you to join in with our challenge we’d love to see you there, and if you need more inspiration be sure to head over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the team made. Alternatively there are direct links to their blogs down below.


Lady Joyful

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Dies R Us – Birds and/or Bees

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

HLS Anything Goes With Dies Challenge – Use Dies

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Use Snippets

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Green and GoldThe Male Room – Anyhting Goes and Optional: No Designer Papers

Try Stampin’ On Tuesday – Sketch (edit – where it was chosen as one of the top three!)

Uniko’s 7th Birthday Linky Party – Anything Birthday


Check out what the rest of the DT made:



Crafty Linby


Lady Joyful (that’s me!)

Lise Mariann




28 thoughts on “TMR 105 | Toucan Birthday | No Patterned Papers

  1. OH WOW this is so cool! Your background colors are PERFECT! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Birds and/or Bees’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

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  2. What a stunning card and love the alcohol inked background and the die cut Toucan. Fabulous masculine card. Thank you for the opportunity of guesting with you for this fun challenge x

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  3. Holy smokes that’s a fabulous background! Love those touches of gold – really sets of your dapper toucan! Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

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  4. That’s an amazing background, love all the drama and shine of the gold and green! Thanks for playing at Uniko, hope to see you joining in with future challenges too.

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  5. nice card and lovely colours on the toucan. Thanks for joining in with the Polkadoodles Digi choosday Crafting Challenge, best of luck, hope to see you here again, Mary x

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  6. WOW! Tbhis looks amazing. Love the alcohol ink background, those touches of foil look fab. Thank you for joining in with the Uniko birthday celebrations xx

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