For today’s card, I thought I would try a birthday card with a twist. I wanted to try creating a pair of his & her birthday cards using the same basic card design. Most of us have no trouble creating cards for our female friends and family, but often struggle with creating masculine cards. I created the female version of my card first. Once I had it finished, I changed up just a few elements and created a more masculine version of the card. Here’s a look at both cards.
For the “her” version of the card, I started with an Elegant Eggplant card base. On a panel of white cardstock, I stamped the grid from Timeless Textures using Tip Top Taupe ink which I stamped off first before stamping my panel. I stamped one of the butterflies from the Butterfly Basics stamp set on a separate piece of white cardstock in Elegant Eggplant ink then cut it out on my Big Shot using the coordinating die. I also cut a second butterfly from a piece of vellum.
I added a layer of clear Wink of Stella to the vellum butterfly and set it aside to dry. I decided where I wanted to place my butterfly over the grid the stamped the birthday sentiment from Balloon Celebration in Elegant Eggplant ink. I then adhered my panel to my card base using some tape runner.
I adhered the vellum butterfly on top of the stamped butterfly using a bit of liquid glue in just the very center of the butterfly and let it dry for a couple of minutes. To hide the glue and dress up the butterfly a bit, I added a row of four tiny pearls to act as the butterfly’s body. I adhered the butterfly to my card using half of a Stampin’ Dimensional. To finish this card, I added a scattering of clear sequins diagonally across the card using glue dots.
For the “his” version of the card, I switched the card base color to Tip Top Taupe. On a panel of white cardstock, I stamped the grid design using the same stamping off technique I used on the “her” version of the card.
Instead of using a butterfly as my focal image, I used the layered balloon stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set and some Night of Navy ink. I started by stamping the base layer of the balloon by stamping off once first to lighten up the navy ink a bit. I then stamped the dotted layer and outline layers without stamping off so they would be darker. I cut out the balloon using the coordinating punch.
I stamped the single balloon string from the stamp set in the Night of Navy after stamping off twice. Since it was going to be under my sentiment, I wanted to be sure it would be subtle enough it wouldn’t interfere with the sentiment. I stamped the same sentiment using Night of Navy ink.
To give the panel a bit of texture, I put a bit of Night of Navy ink on an acrylic block and mixed it with a bit of water using my Aqua Painter. I then used the brush and flicked some of the ink onto my panel to create a random splatter pattern. When it was dry, I adhered the panel to the card base some some tape runner then adhered the balloon card using Dimensionals.
Even though this is a more masculine card, that doesn’t mean it still can’t have a little sparkle, right? To finish up the card, I added a very thin coat of clear Wink of Stella on the balloon. It’s such a thin layer that it’s almost not visible in the photo, but I promise it’s there.
I’m entering the “his” version of this card in the following challenges:
- Little Red Wagon – the current theme is celebrate.
- Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – in honor of their 7th birthday (Congrats!), the current theme is birthday cards.
- Stampin’ Royalty – the current theme is anything goes.
Until next time …