A little change of pace from my usual girly cards! With twin sons, I often have some masculine birthday cards to make. This week though being tired after a horrible virus, I felt my “teen boy cards creativity” was asleep but I had to get the card made asap. What to do? I was flicking through the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for some inspiration and I found a card I loved on page 53 so I decided to copy that. Here’s the card I made, it’s almost identical to the one in the catalogue but instead of putting an image of a football in the centre, I’ve put the “13″ for the age of the birthday boy. I have to say I was very happy to see that the number stamps I had were not only a perfect fit but also looked like they were made for the other stamp I used them with.
So there’s a little idea for you, if you’re feeling like your creativity is a bit asleep at the moment, have a look through the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, you just might find something to copy and get you going again. Of course I did happen to have the products needed (although I changed the colours slightly) but there’s no reason you can’t copy the layout or colour combination as a starting point.
Quick instructions on how to make this teenage both birthday card:
1. Stamp the wings image from Great Sport stamp set in Marina Mist ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then stamp (at least the top part) again with Early Espresso on another piece of cardstock.
2. Die cut the blue image by placing the cardstock onto the Big Shot along with the large die from the Apothecary Accents and run it through to cut it out.
3. Hand cut the little stars from the image stamped in Early Espresso and adhere them to the main image with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots) which you cut down to fit behind the stars.
4. Punch out a circle with the 1 3/8″ circle punch and the Wild Wasabi cardstock and adhere it to the centre of your stamped image.
5. Stamp the “1″ and “3″ (or whatever birthday it is) with the Memorable Moments stamp set and Early Espresso ink then cut the numbers out. Adhere to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots).
6. Stamp the banner image in Early Espresso on a scrap piece of paper then stamp over the top the Happy Birthday greeting with Marina Mist. I used a clearmount stamp which made it very easy but if you have woodmount you might want to use a stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement.
7. Put your greeting through the Big Shot with the Bitty Banners framelit dies to cut it out then adhere to your card with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots).
8. Cut a piece of Modern Medley patterned paper to be a bit bigger than your centrepiece. Using a sponge dauber, sponge around the edges with some Crumb Cake ink to ‘vintage up’ the edges.
9. Cut a piece of Marina Mist cardstock to be a little taller than your ‘newsprint’ paper (as shown in the photo) and adhere the newsprint paper to the Marina Mist cardstock. Do the same with some Crumb Cake cardstock so that you have a border of blue and crumb cake at the top and bottom of your newsprint paper. Rough up the edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock with a distressing tool (or your thumb nail!). Adhere your centrepiece to your layered papers using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
10. Cut a piece of Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock so that it’s a little larger than your layered cardstock after you’ve folded it in half. Sand it down a little to “vintage it up” then adhere your centrepiece to the base card.
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If you’re interested in the Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card I have a list here for you:
Rubber Stamps: Great Sport (Clearmount: 124307) (Woodmount: 132010). Memorable Moments (Clearmount: 126682) (Woodmount: 132039), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (Clearmount: 120024) (Woodmount: 130042)
Inkpads/Markers: Marina Mist inkpad (126962), Chocolate Chip inkpad (126974)
Cardstock & Paper: Very Vanilla (106550), Marina Mist (121682), Crumb Cake (121685), Early Espresso Core’dinations (129956), Wild Wasabi Core’dinations (129954), Modern Medley patterned paper (126926)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Accents (127003), Bitty Banners framelits (129267), Magnetic Plate (130658) for the Big Shot is optional but super handy when using Framelits. 1/38″ Circle Punch. Distressing Tool – optional (127562).
Adhesives: SNAIL, Dimensionals
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