Neutrals Birthday

Most of the birthday cards I make are very bright and vibrant with things like flowers, balloons, etc. They would definitely be considered more “feminine” by most people. When I need a birthday card for a guy, it can certainly be more challenging for me. Thankfully, the Tip Top Taupe line of products from the 2015-2017 In Colors from Stampin’ Up!® makes creating masculine cards so much easier because it’s such an awesome neutral!

Mel's Card Corner | Neutrals Birthday Card

Amazingly enough, my starting point for this card was finding this great striped DSP from the Cherry on Top paper stack (retiring). I say that’s amazing because the stack is mostly full of very bright primary-type colors one would typically associate with birthdays. Finding this beautiful neutral stripe just immediately said masculine card to me.

I added the striped piece to an A2 top-folding card base made from Tip Top Taupe cardstock. To cover the edge of the striped paper, I added the some Tip Top Taupe polka dot washi (retiring hostess reward). I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday, Everyone stamp set (retiring hostess reward) using Archival Basic Black ink. I immediately added some clear embossing powder over it and heat set it to give it a nice shiny look.

Mel's Card Corner | Neutrals Birthday Card

To finish off the card, I added some black Candy Dots from the Neutrals collection (retiring). This helped tie the black sentiment together with the rest of the card. I also added a layer of Whisper White cardstock on the inside of the card for a signature panel.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

I’m also entering this card in the TGIF Challenges special 1st birthday giveaway. It’s not really a challenge. Participants need to make them a birthday card to be eligible for the giveaway.

Until next time …

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  1. Cheryl Robertson says:

    Mel, I just recently “found” you and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your posts/cards. Your cards are inspiring because you use materials we all have or can easily duplicate.

    Thanks for sharing your cards with us!

  2. Colleen F says:

    Melissa, I must remember your design because it is perfect for a masculine card, and I struggle with those kind!! thank you for sharing this at Seize the Birthday! We hope you play again!

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