Masculine Birthday

Good Tuesday morning, Everyone! Wow! November is nearly gone. Can you believe it? Christmas will soon be here and gone, and it will be time for new beginnings. Are you ready???

Seems like last week we were preparing for Y2K. Where does the time go, anyway???

Part of my time is spent making cards to give or send to friends and family. I need to be making more Christmas cards, but, unfortunately, a couple of deaths in the community necessitate sympathy cards. AND, there are a couple of family birthdays which require a card as well. So, on with the show.

Today I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree. I have made my wishes known to Stampin’ Up! that I hope they NEVER retire this one. It is so versatile for so many different occasions.

card front

There are some sheets in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper about which I am not too fond, so I challenged myself to use some of them, somehow, some way. I think it was pretty successful.

One of the lighter colored, more formal sheets became the background for my card front. In Early Espresso I stamped the line of trees from Lovely as a Tree. So far, so good.

Next, the sentiment from the now retired Designer Tin of Cards, also in Early Espresso, finishes the stamping on the front.

A length of Burlap Ribbon is wrapped around and taped to the back. Then, to add some color to the front, I ran a length of Jute twine through my Tranquil Tide stamp pad and let it dry. While it was drying I cut the card base from Tranquil Tide, the mat from the flip side of another piece of Wood Textures DSP that I used for the front, and a mat for the front from retired Mint Macaron. The Wood Textures DSP mat was liquid glued to the card base.


The twine was still a bit damp, so I used the additional drying time to sponge Soft Suede around the edge of my stamped front.

Assembly was pretty quick and easy. I wrapped the stained twine around 3 fingers three times and tied off the bow with a separate strand. This was tied around the three strands previously wrapped around the card over the Burlap Ribbon and also taped on the back.

I have some little leaf brads I picked up at one of our local stores. There was a green one very close in color to the Mint Macaron, and a brown one. These were attached to the front after piercing a hole with my Paper Piercing tool and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat as they were not going to be where my 1/8″ hand held punch would reach.

Those attached, I liquid glued the front to its mat and adhered it to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I used the same color Wood Textures DSP, and stamped the end of the row of trees in Early Espresso. The sentiment, from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, was stamped in Early Espresso, while the second sentiment, also from that stamp set, was stamped in Tranquil Tide.


After sponging the edges in Soft Suede, this was liquid glued to the Mint Macaron mat and into the card base.

The Envelope front was stamped the same as the inside of the card. The flap is covered in a scrap of the same Wood Textures DSP as the front.envelope front

front and envelope flap

I think makes a very nice masculine card.

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Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Mint Macaron: front mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: dark side for mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, light side front 3-3/4″ x 5″, light side inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″

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6 thoughts on “Masculine Birthday”

  1. Julie, that was a brilliant idea to run the twine through your ink. It just sets off your already wonderful bow. I agree with you about the DSP and you have used it marvelously!


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