Masculine Birthday Card
Today’s project uses the Stampin’ Up! Soho Subway Designer Series Paper which is a perfect element for a masculine birthday card. I found a card on Pinterest using the numbers design from this paper as candles so I started with that as a focal point and then pulled the colors (Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit) from the paper as well.
The first sample is a “landscape” layout with Early Espresso cardstock as the base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″). The panel on the left side measures 2″ x 4-1/4″ and you can get 12 pieces from the 12″ x 12″ designer series paper. The Island Indigo cardstock (3-3/8″ x 4″) is embossed with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. The little candle flames are punched with the Bird Punch from Summer Starfruit cardstock and the greeting from Itty Bitty Banners is stamped with Early Espresso on Very Vanilla cardstock and die-cut with the Bitty Banner Framelits. Everything is sponged with Early Espresso ink and the greeting and candles are popped up with Dimensionals. The greeting has double Dimensionals on the first part but only a single Dimensional on the right end that overlaps the candle. That keeps the greeting level since it overlaps the candle that is already popped up.
This masculine birthday card is a project for my May Stamp Camp and after cutting the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper for the panel pieces on the left side, I had some pieces leftover that were too small and decided to try the same card with a different layout.
In this card, the panel on the left side measures 5-1/2″ by 1-5/8″ and the candles are slightly smaller (2″ x 1/2″) since they were also cut from the scraps leftover after all the pieces were cut for the first card. I’m not sure if I like one better than the other. Do you have a preference?
You’ll also notice I did not add any “fussy” embellishments like ribbon or buttons and definitely no glitter. I think guys like a simpler look to their cards but this one is still interesting with the rustic look of the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, sponging to distress the elements even more and texture from the Hexagon Embossing folder. I did consider adding some brads but I just couldn’t see where they would go and I didn’t want the card to get too busy.
The other thing I did was take the left side panel all the way to the edges of the base cardstock instead of leaving a little border like around the Island Indigo piece. Don’t want to be too predictable, right? 😉
Be sure to check back tomorrow when Stampin’ Up! releases the retiring list of stamps and accessories and don’t forget that the Free Shipping and my free cards/cardfronts promotion goes from April 21-25th. You can view some of the cards/cardfronts I’ll be giving away in this video:
I hope you enjoyed today’s project showing you two different layouts for a masculine birthday card using the Stampin’ Up! Soho Subway Designer Series Paper and don’t forget to come back tomorrow!