Card #5 – Birthday Card for a Guy – {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #5, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is:  Emilie who said, “I love the coffee cups stacked”.

I totally agree and Congratulations Emilie!

I hope you enjoy your card.


Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #5 – Birthday Card for a Guy

I started by assembling all my supplies.

Card 5 Supply LayoutI have to say that I find it challenging to make cards for guys.  What I usually do is think about the person and their interests and try to design a card around that.  For nephew’s birthday one year, I made a card using characters from a video game he was interested in and for my dad-in-law’s 70th, I made a ‘card in a box’ which featured pictures of all his children and grandchildren.  When there’s a theme it’s easy come up with a card they’re going to like.

I used navy cardstock (5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″) for my base, kraft cardstock (4″ X 5 1/2″) for the frame, beige card stock (3.75″ X 5″) and patterned paper for the coffee cups.

Using spray ink over the stencilAfter spraying with inkI started by stenciling stars onto the beige cardstock (3.75″ X 5″) using Dylusions ink (London Blue).  I placed the cardstock in my spray box (old cardboard box) and taped the stencil in place.  I covered the exposed area of the cardstock with scrap paper and then sprayed on the ink.  I then used the brown spray ink to add droplets onto the cardstock.  Dylusions takes a bit to dry so while I waited for that I worked on the sentiment tag.

Burlap used for the twineI cut a piece of white cardstock 1″ X 3″ and stamped “Happy Birthday” with Distress Ink (Faded Jeans).  I then inked over the entire piece with Distress Ink to match the color theme of the card and inked the edges with a darker shade of Distress Ink.  Before inking the edges, I used my scissors to create the banner shape.  When that was complete, I adhered the banner to a piece of navy cardstock (1 1/2″ X 4″).  As a final touch I pulled a piece of thread from a scrap piece of brown burlap and tied it around the whole piece.

Using the foam adhesive to give the banners dimensionTo add a little bit of dimension, I cut three pieces of patterned paper (1/2″ X 1 1/2″) and used my scissors to cut the banner shape.  I also inked the edges of each banner.  I used adhesive to attach these to the back of the main sentiment banner.  Then I used foam adhesive to prop each banner up a bit.

I attached the whole sentiment banner to the starry background, attached that to the piece of kraft cardstock and finally to the navy cardstock base.  I also glued down a piece of beige cardstock inside for the personal message.

Here is the finished card.

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As I was making this card, I thought of other ways to make the same design and incorporate other masculine elements.  I think I need to make a few of these 😉

Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,




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Finally us guys get some attention!

I also have a suggestion:  a card covered in treats.  Feel free to hot glue to your hearts content.

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10 Responses to Card #5 – Birthday Card for a Guy – {31 Days of Cards}

  1. Emilie says:

    That is a beautiful. Love the colors.

  2. Ed Lawson says:

    I like Woody’s comment! Many people have no idea how many hours were spent designing and making custom cards. Whenever possible include pictures or a direct link to an interest so that they might keep and enjoy the card on their desk or dresser. I have kept the handmade cards from my grandchildren and enjoy looking at them from time to time.

  3. Tammy says:

    Very nice

  4. Mary Jane Lawson says:

    Another great card.

  5. Michelle says:

    That card is awesome!! All of them are beautiful!

  6. trimitup says:

    You amaze me with your talent 🙂

  7. Marjorie C says:

    Love the colors and the way the edges are inked!

  8. Pam says:

    Woody is right, you can never go wrong with treats attached to a card! 😉

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