It’s always a good day when I can make a masculine card. Most cardmakers I speak to say masculine and sympathy cards are the hardest to make. So when I created this one for my personal World Card Making Day challenge earlier this month I was very happy indeed. I pulled out the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set and a favourite pack of DSP and just started to play.
This card all started with the backgrounds found in the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack. Once I’d chosen the patterns then decided on the coordinating colours for the project.
First I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Night of Navy Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Next I attached the large patterned DSP to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Then smaller light blue DSP was fixed to a layer of Night of Navy Card and added to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
PICTURE PERFECT BIRTHDAY
Next came the embossed ‘happiest of birthdays’ sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set.
Stampin’ Up! don’t make Night of Navy embossing powder but that’s what I really wanted. So instead I made my own. Sort of…
I began by preparing some Thick Whisper White Card for the sentiment by wiping it with an Embossing Buddy. Then I turned to the sentiment stamp. I inked it with VersaMark ink and immediately tapped it onto my Night of Navy ink pad. Then I stamped onto my prepared Whisper White piece and sprinkled the sentiment with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next I tapped off the excess powder and removed some stray specks before finally melting the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high). The result, Night of Navy embossing!
With the most difficult part done I took the sentiment over to my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform. I found tat the sentiment fitted perfectly inside the #4 (largest) of the circle dies in the Stitched Shapes Framelits. So I cut it out and then added the sentiment to the front of the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
MAKE SOME NOISE
Also included in the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set are several images which combine to make a noise-maker. This would be perfect for the inside of the card and the Whisper White Medium Envelope.
On a layer of Whisper White Card I stamped the striped ‘handle’ image in the bottom right corner using Night of Navy Ink. Then came the ‘frill’ stamped in Fresh Fig ink. Finally came the ‘paper roll’ stamped using Balmy Blue ink. With the noise-maker assembled I then fixed the layer inside the card base with liquid glue.
Finally to complete the project I stamped another noise-maker on the front of the envelope and I was finished.
I really like how this project turned out. It’s masculine or gender neutral without being boring. I’ve found that the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper is perfect for this. The DSP also provided the colour combination for the stamped noise-makers, so it all coordinates.
Did you realise that to make your crafting easier Stampin’ Up! shares the colours used in each pack of their DSP? You’ll find this list alongside the image in the catalogue, and also on the label attached to each pack. It’s a great resource when you’re stuck for a colour combination and one I use a lot.
Well that’s all from me for today. I do hope you’ll visit again tomorrow for a simple treat project and video tutorial. In the meantime, here’s some other projects I created using the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set: