TMR 117 | Birthday Sphere | 6 Years

We’re celebrating our 6th birthday over at The Male Room, so of course our new challenge had to have a birthday theme! In celebration of our milestone we will be having a giveaway with this challenge – Funky Fossil Designs are kindly sponsoring the challenge, and our lucky winner will get to choose three stencils from the shop.

I was actually lucky enough recently to win some Funky Fossil Designs products myself, and they arrived just in time for this challenge! I decided to make a clean and simple birthday card using the Geo Spheres Stencil. I started by positioning the open sphere to the lower right of my card base, which I am using in landscape this time. I then ink blended through the stencil using my stencil brush and some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide.

I wanted to give the look of dimension to the sphere by keeping the colour darkest on the edges and lighter towards the centre. I made sure to take care with my ink blending accordingly. I then decided to also bring in a little Mermaid Lagoon to further darken the outer edges of the sphere.

Lifting the stencil I repositioned it so that I had the starry sphere positioned over my blue stenciling. I then blended over again, this time using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide, and a little Lucky Clover to darken the edges. Once I was happy with it I removed the stencil and covered my ink blending with the negative portion of the blank aperture as a mask. I then very lightly blended some Catherine Pooler Designs Twilight ink to the lower left of the sphere. This created a subtle drop shadow, given the one layer card the look of dimension.

My sentiment is also from Funky Fossil Designs, from the Chubby Unicorns stamp set. I positioned the sentiment overlapping my sphere and stamped with the Twilight ink. I had to stamp several times because my ink pad is a little dry (because I forgot to put the lid back on at one point – whoops!) And then I decided that actually I wanted to stamp it in black instead so I swapped to Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I felt like the card still wasn’t quite finished so I decided to add a frame using some Love From Lizi Pinstripe Peel-Offs in Mint Glitter. I positioned the narrowest width of peel-off 1/2″ in on each side and used my craft knife to trim away the overhanging pieces. I then used the craft knife again to trim away the pieces that overlapped the sphere. Doing this made it look as though the frame is behind the sphere, which enhances the look of dimension on the one layer card.

I always love when I can make a one layer card look like it has dimension, and it turned out so well on this design! The design of the stencil itself works beautifully for given the impression of dimension to the sphere, and I really like that the negative circle is included which makes it really easy to add a drop shadow and help the sphere pop off of the card. I hope my card inspired you to come and join in with our birthday challenge. If you’re looking for more inspiration you can find the projects by the rest of the team over on the challenge page or directly at their blogs via the links below.


Lady Joyful

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a2z Scrapbooking Challenge – Birthday

AAA Birthday Challenge – For The Boys

Crafter’s Castle – Anything Goes and Optional: Any Occasion

Papercraft Challenge – Anything Goes and Optional: Use a Circle

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Happy Birthday

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Anything Stamping

TCP Tuesday – CAS

The Male Room – Birthday


Check out what the rest of the DT made:



Crafty Linby


Lady Joyful (that’s me!)

Lise Mariann




28 thoughts on “TMR 117 | Birthday Sphere | 6 Years

  1. Such a cool stencil. I like the cas look on this card. Thanks so much for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join us in future challenges. Tina DT

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  2. Love your CAS card, sometimes simple is enough and in this case it is enough. Thanks for taking part in Papercraft Business Papercraft Challenge this month and we hope to see you again for the next one. Deni~ DT Papercraft Business Papercraft Challenge

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  3. Fabulous masculine card! Thanks for playing along with our challenge at AAA Birthday,hope to see you join in with future challenges too hugs XoX – Alli C -DT

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  4. That circle detail on your card is amazing! It looks so dimensional.. great work! Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.
    ️Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog – Crafty Anna Studio. Thank you

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  5. That is so awesome. I honestly thought it was popped up and never would have guessed it was a one layer card. Really cool card. Thanks for sharing with us this month at Papercraft Business Challenges.

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