Masculine Birthday Cards

I have not one, but two masculine birthday cards to share with you today! They have very different colour schemes. The first is monochromatic, and the second is rainbow coloured. Both of them really focus on stamping.

Card 1 – Wolf Birthday

The first card is the monochromatic one. I started with a snippet of white card which I cut down to a square. I placed the panel into my MISTI so that I could start stamping the focal image. The wolf is a layering stamp from Hero Arts’ Color Layering Howling Wolf, and I used the Shades of Grey ink cube set to stamp it. I started with the bottom layer which I stamped with the lightest shade, Soft Granite. For the middle layer I used Chalkboard, and I finished off with Black. Once I was done I realised I could have probably double stamped the Soft Granite to make the base layer darker, but never mind!

I trimmed the focal panel down a bit further, and mounted it on a very slightly larger panel of black card. I added two further layers of black card behind the focal panel so that it would be popped up. I also cut another snippet of black to create a frame of the same size as my focal square. I turned the frame, and adhered it over the focal panel. I did also add some tiny snippets of vellum behind the open areas of the frame but they are very difficult to see so I probably could have skipped them.

I adhered the finished panel onto a grey card base, before realising I didn’t have a sentiment. As I already had it out from yesterday’s card I decided to use the simple Happy Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Super Script. The stamp is all on one line, but I masked and stamped the words separately to fit beside the wolf. I used the Chalkboard ink for the sentiment, and that completed my first card.

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Birthdays

Kat Scrappiness Challenge – Monochrome

Stay Crafty With Hero – For The Guys

Seize The Birthday – Anything Birthday Goes


Card 2 – Big Boy Today

In contrast to the first card, my second is very colourful! I knew I wanted to do some rainbow stamping with the cake from Waffle Flower’s Big Day stamp set. I considered doing some wreath stamping but eventually decided on creating a patterned paper with repeat stamping. Usually I would use my MISTI to repeat stamp, but because I needed to repeat vertically and horizontally I ended up decided to freehand stamp. Which was risky, because I suck at freehand stamping!

First I figured I’d make my life easier by taking some time to measure out a grid for spacing my stamps. I used my T-Square ruler and a pencil for this, keeping the lines very light so they’d be easier to rub out later.

I don’t own small stamp blocks. As I said, I don’t freehand stamp very often, and if I do I can usually use small, clear lids from inks to be makeshift stamping blocks. This time that didn’t work though, because the cake stamp is just too big to fit on the lids I use. After some consideration I grabbed one of the triangles from the Creative Corners and used that as my stamping block. That actually worked out very nicely, as I could line up the right angle of the triangle with the corner of my grid squares in order to make sure I was positioning my image perfectly (or near enough) each time. I used Catherine Pooler inks for my colours, going for Tutti FruttiTiki TorchLimoncelloLime Rickey, AquatiniSomething Borrowed and Flirty Fuschia. Once I’d finished the stamping I carefully erased the pencil lines.

I already knew I wanted to add my sentiment boldly in black, and I decided I wanted to tie the black in more. I cut down some long snippets of black card into narrow strips and adhered them to the left and right edges of my card, framing the design. I then stamped the “big today” stamp, also from Waffle Flower’s Big Day stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. This stamp is great because it has a little space to customise it – the set comes with the options of “boy”, “girl” and “day”. I had to stamp it a couple of times as the white card I’d used for my card base is slightly textured. I then went ahead and used the “boy” to tuck in and complete my sentiment.

As a final touch I decided to add some Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black. I added three clusters of three around my sentiment. I kind of wish I hadn’t added them though, as I preferred it without them.

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Birthdays

Seize The Birthday – Anything Birthday Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

The House That Stamps Built – All About The Boys

Waffle Flower Challenge – Create A Rainbow


Those are my masculine birthday cards! Which is your favourite? I can’t decide which I like best.

Love,

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)



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13 thoughts on “Masculine Birthday Cards

  1. What a fabulous masculine card, Charlotte and I love your marvelous wolf! The monochrome look is so stylish and I love how you framed the image.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  2. Both are fabulous birthday cards in totally different ways! The layered wolf is so cool and I love the monochromatic design in gray and black! The rainbow cakes are so cheerful and cute! I love the black Nuvo dots! Thank you so much for playing at Seize the Birthday!

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  3. Two beautiful birthday cards ! I especially love the monochromatic one. This wolf is just gorgeous and I really love your design to highlight it. Fabulous ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.

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  4. Wow! Two fabulous masculine cards! I LOVE that wolf card! The black frame around him is so striking; great use of that sketch! And the colorful cake card is so fun!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

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