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.

Supplies
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, 

10 comments:

  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!!

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

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  3. Thats really stunning Vicky. Brilliant idea.

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  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

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  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-

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x