Friday, 28 January 2011

Masculine birthday card using So Happy For You

Good morning! I hope you're sitting down because today I'm going to suggest you might like to cut some of your stamps up. Does that sound drastic? I promise it's not! Take a look at the star image from the Sale-a-bration set So Happy For You for example:

Can you see the trail it has attached to it? Well I thought that if the star and its trail were two separate stamps, it would be twice as useful! Did you see this star card I posted yesterday? Well it would have taken much longer if I'd had to colour in the star with a marker each time I wanted to ink it up. So I separated the star and its trail with my lovely Craft and Rubber scissors - these cut through the sticky rubber like a hot knife through butter! I stuck the star on the top of my wooden block, the trail on the bottom and the label on the side so now I can use them individually. This works with lots of other stamps too. Why not have a look through the catalogue and see how you can make the stamps work harder!

On today's card, I made a background pattern with the star's trail using all my favourite earthy colours.

I thought this leaf from the wonderful Autumn Splendor stamp set worked beautifully with the pattern. I ADORE this set and there was a time when I found it very difficult not to reach for it every day! Luckily Christmas happened and even I found it a bit tricky to use it for festive cards!

Don't you love the Pumpkin Pie button? I threaded it with a sliver of Early Espresso card stock and knotted it carefully. Now I want to make a card with loads of buttons on it! If you're wondering where the sentiment comes from, I created it out of two of the others from So Happy For You - which is one of the benefits of owning a stamp-a-majig. It costs £10.95 and I believe every stamping home should have one! Don't forget that until 28th February you get to choose one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets free for each £45 you spend with me! Click here for more details and to see all the sets.

Here's how to make this card:
  • Cut a 9cm square piece of Whisper White card stock. Stamp it all over with the star-trail stamp using five earthy colours of ink.
  • Sponge the edges of the card stock heavily with Cajun Craze ink, then sponge the very edges with Always Artichoke.
  • Fix a piece of wide grosgrain ribbon across the panel, securing one end round the back and snipping the other end decoratively.
  • Stamp the leaf on Whisper White card stock using Always Artichoke ink. Colour it using Old Olive ink and an aqua painter and fix to the ribbon with dimensionals.
  • Make the 'happy birthday' sentiment from 'so happy for you' and 'birthday wishes' using a stamp-a-majig. Cut out with sharp paper snips and attach to the ribbon with a thin strip of dimensional, allowing it to overlap the leaf.
  • Cut a very thin strip of Early Espresso card stock and use to thread a button. Knot it carefully and attach to the panel with a glue dot or some Sticky Strip.
  • Cut a 10.5cm x 21cm piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Score and fold in half to create a card base and sponge the edges with Whisper White craft ink. Attach the decorated panel to the card front.

Stamps: So Happy For You (FREE sale-a-bration set), Autumn Splendor
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other: 5/8" Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, Pumpkin Pie button

I hope you've enjoyed my male-friendly moment today and I hope you'll come and join me for a mail-friendly moment on Monday!
Have a fabulous weekend, 


  1. What a fabulous card - you would never know that it was part of the star stamp!! It works so well with the leaf! I also like how you've made the birthday greeting. Fab!!

  2. What a great idea Vicky, it's always good to see masculine cards too, thanks for sharing

  3. Thats really stunning Vicky. Brilliant idea.

  4. Fabulous card Vicky. Male cards are always difficult but this nails it. I love cutting stamps up but sometimes it`s a bit scary isn`t it?
    Lynne xxx

  5. Hi Vicky ... again another fab-u-lous card and perfect for the men! Everything about it is just so perfect. I could never decide whether I liked the Autumn Splendour set, but you certainly do it justice! Luv Linda -x-

  6. Oh what a clever lady!! Already mounted my stamps so can I unmount them and cut them now Vicky?? Lovely card x

  7. These are amazing, Vicky! I love the star card and the background you created with the trail is fabulous!!

  8. Very clever making your stamps work harder. Love both cards but mostly the autumnal card.

  9. What a clever idea to seperate the parts of the image. I really like the simplicity of the star card (and by coincidence I posted a blue and white star card today) but I love the background created by the star tails on the leaf card. Great colors.

  10. I've heard of cutting stamps apart before, but the whole thought makes me nervous. Brilliant, the way you used the star trail, though. Maybe I should give my stamps a new look! :)


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