Category Archives: Birthday Cards

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I hope you are having a happy and creative week this week!  I’m still working away at my list of August birthday cards.  This Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card is for our middle son.  He loves to read, loves the color blue, is a natty dresser and is shocked to find himself well established in his 3rd decade here on earth.  I was thinking of all these things while creating this fun vintage card.

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This is an older collection from Authentique, but you can still find it online at Country Craft Creations.  I love the blue and brown color palette and the wonderful plaids and paisleys in this collection.  Putting this 5″ x 7″ top fold card together was a breeze!

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To add a little dimension to the card, I fussy cut the book binding from the 12×12 paper pad.  Then I gently pushed the sides together which rounded out the spine.  Don’t push too hard, or you’ll end up folding the paper!  Next, I glued just the outside edges down so that the binding would keep its shape.  It sounds complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy to do.

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The focal image is fussy cut from one of the 3″ x 4″ images on the cut apart page.  Pop this up on waste chipboard to add even more dimension.  The turn tab is a simple Spellbinder’s Large Circle die cut from patterned paper.  I love adding round shapes to a card design as it seems to really break up all those square corners!  The vintage button is from a jar that I picked up at a local flea market.  Brads are from Tim Holtz Dapper Collection.

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card: Alcohol Ink and Metal Embellishments

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Do you ever alter metal embellishments with Alcohol Ink?  I used Mushroom and Cloudy Blue to color this Tim Holtz Quote Charm.  It also was applied to the vintage button.  It’s a quick way to customize metal embellishments.  Just apply a drop or two directly from the bottle and watch the magic take place before your very eyes!

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

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A flap feature and pocket dress up the card interior.  I also added some Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to amp up the vintage vibe of the card.  I love the visual impact they make!

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Turn the flap and you’ll find a wonderful quote from the 3×4 Rugged Life Cards. (retired) A scrap of designer paper serves as a pocket.  I tucked two more Life Cards into the pocket. Each has a newborn photo of our son: one with Dad and one with Mom.

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Since my trusty 1 3/8″ circle punch gave up the ghost a while back, I’ve been using my Spellbinder’s Circle dies to cut the thumb hole on my pockets.  I’ve decided I like it so well, I’m not going to replace the punch!  Here’s the gift card holder I tucked into the pocket.  Both Dale and I wrote personal notes to our son inside.

So, that’s the first of 2 masculine birthday cards.  I’ll share the next one with you once I get it made.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card Supply List

Authentique Durable Handyman Masculine Birthday Card

Authentique Durable Handyman Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I promised to share this Authentique Durable Masculine Birthday Card with you as soon as I found the time to get it made.  This one is for our eldest (firstborn) son.  This guy is such a fabulous family man. He just adores his wife and 3 little girls. As a partner in Dale’s roofing business, he’s an essential member of our family.  He’s also an amazing artist, working with wood and metal. Since he loves to repurpose scrap wood, metal and other found objects, I thought he would enjoy the little metal tools on this vintage card.

This is one of my standard 5″ x 7″ top fold cards.  The papers are from Authentique’s Durable Collection (retired, but you can still find a few HERE.) I tossed in a few scraps from Authentique Rugged as well.  Ivory/Brown/Copper Ribbon and Natural Burlap string make for a great bow cluster.

Once again, I’ve added a decorative turn tab.  This is made with a Spellbinder’s Label Eight Die.  I centered the die on a scrap of designer paper and held it in place with tape.  Then I ran it just half way through my die cutting machine.  I really like the decorative element this adds to the card.

Authentique Durable Handyman Masculine Birthday Card: A Closer Look

Our son always has a carabiner hitch in his truck.  It seemed fitting to add one to this card along with these adorable miniature tools.  The Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Typed Token has been altered with alcohol inks.  I’ve had the mini wooden ruler in my stash for ages, but I think you could substitute these Tim Holtz wood ruler pieces and be just fine. Metal gears are always a great addition to a masculine card. The steampunk clock charm adds another circular element to the mix.

Authentique Durable Handyman Masculine Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

To create the pocket, I used my Spellbinder’s Large Circle Nestablities Die.  The paper panel was stamped with a tool background that I’ve had in my stash for ages.  Then I used the scraps on my table to create the little gift card holder.

I’m excited to give this handyman themed card to our son.  He is like the rugged tree from the quote: his roots go down deep, and he is solid at his core.  We are very proud of him

I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop.  You should be coming here  from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today we’re featuring the gorgeous Autumn Assortment from the RRR Ribbon Club.  I’ve created a vintage style Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio that celebrates the beauty of my favorite season.  Take a peek:

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

Crimson and gold are the colors of fall, so I decided to enhance this lovely apple picking birthday card folio with a Sherry Checkerboard Satin Bow.  I love its soft texture, pattern and sheen.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

Ribbon makes a great belly band on any card.  The belly band on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made by adhering rows of Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8″ Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon, and 3/8″ Autumn Flowers Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

Natural burlap string and gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers from their fall assortment add texture and vintage style to the card.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04

Ribbon looks great inside a card, too!  I’ve added a tiny bit to the honey stick in the top pocket.  And the slash pocket is edged with 3/8″ Leaves on Turftan Brown Grosgrain Ribbon.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 06

The lower pocket holds a little 3.5″ x 5.5″ photo folio.  To create the closure, adhere 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the back side of the folio.  Then wrap more of the pretty Autumn Leaves Grosgrain Ribbon around the front and tie a bow.  Easy, peasy…but so pretty!

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 07

I used a scrap of yellow cardstock to create this little flap folio.  The first flap is a pocket that is just wide enough to hold a gift card.

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Here’s a peek at the folio fully opened.  I tucked one of the lovely cardstock components from Authentique’s Pleasant Collection Kit  here.  (All the papers in this project are from that collection.)

Oh, and just to tempt you, here’s a look at this month’s glorious Ribbon Club Assortment.

Although this is called the Autumn Assortment, I think it’s a very versatile collection! I used this ribbon on a lovely summer themed card HERE.

Let’s Hop!

Now hop on over and see what my sweet and talented teammate Linsey has in store for you.  She always has the BEST ideas for using the ribbon club assortment.

Then be sure to hop on over to the RRR BLOG to answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing to receive your very own Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to join the Ribbon Club, you can find the sign up information HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s a big birthday month in the Clement household, so I’m filling up any spare minutes I can find making birthday cards.  I have a Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial to share with you today.  Our older daughter loves to garden.  It’s her therapy.  So I pulled out the August Cut Apart pages from my Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition, some gorgeous Little Birdie Fall Flowers and Really Reasonable Ribbon and got my craft on!

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This 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio has a 1/2″ spine that leaves lots of room for goodies on the inside.  Machine stitching, distressed edges, buttons and flowers lend it a sweet country feel.

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This really is a very quick card to make.  I prepared a process video for you so that you can see how it came together and make one yourself.

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These fall flowers from Little Birdie Crafts are so incredibly gorgeous!  I used blossoms and foliage from their Adelina, English Roses and Paulina Fall Colors assortment.   The Moss Green and Cream Plaid Ribbons work perfectly with this card design, too.

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You’ll notice in the video that I did not add metal corners.  That was a last minute decision after the video had already been edited and uploaded.  I needed something in the lower left hand corner of the focal image to kind of frame and balance it.  The metal corners are tapped with Vintaj Patina ink (Moss and Verdigris).

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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This is a new way to make a pocket, and I am loving how quick and easy it is to make.  You will learn how in the video tutorial below.

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I’ll also show you how to create this cutie patootie gift card holder from scraps.  It’s so easy, and looks adorable tucked into the pocket.

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial Video

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Let’s get this crafty party started!

This simple card design could easily be adapted for use with any paper for any occasion. I’ve added a supply list below the post for your convenience.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial Supply List

 

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Summer time is birthday time in the Clement clan.  I thought I’d change things up a bit this year, and add some fun mixed media effects to my handmade cards.  This Little Birdie Crafts  Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card was so much fun to make.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it, too.  So I’m here to share some mixed media tips and tricks that you can use to amp up your card making adventures.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I began with a simple 6″ x 6″ kraft card base.  To this, I added a panel of wood grain paper from the Texture Brew 12×12 Paper Pack.  This paper has a wonderful linen texture.  But I amped up the texture with distressed edges, machine stitching and a layer of stenciled leaves.  You don’t need a fancy product to do this.  Little Birdie’s wonderful Sand Stone chalk paint does the job beautifully.  Simply tape your stencil over your paper and brush the paint on.  The paint dries very quickly on its own, but if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: Stitching and Spattering

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The Texture Brew paper pack has a wonderful burlap print in it that is so realistic, you would think it was real fabric.  I stitched this digital feather image onto a 3.5″ x 5″ square of this burlap.  To distress the image, I spritzed a tiny bit of Ocean Mist Color Splash onto my craft sheet.  Then I picked the ink up with a paint brush and spattered it all over.   This primed chipboard sentiment is also sprayed with color spray, then lightly brushed with Sand Stone Chalk Paint.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: The Flowers

 

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Look at these gorgeous flowers.  Blue is my favorite color and these  Blue Printed Paris Petals are just ooh la la!  I’ve paired them up with gorgeous foliage from LBC.  These Pollen Clusters add a wonderful, organic feel to the card design.  I’ve also tucked some of my prized vintage pearl buttons in with the flower cluster to add even more texture and dimension.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card:  Finishing Touches

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One final easy way to add mixed media touches to your handmade cards is with this gorgeous Golden Hearts Heart-y Melange glitter.  First apply an adhesive that dries clear (or use hot glue).  I like to work in one small area at a time.  Hold your card over a funnel tray or a large piece of clean paper and shake on the Heart-y Melange Glitter.  Tip the card and let the excess fall away.  I actually randomly painted on a very light layer of dries clear adhesive so that I would have areas where the glitter was heavy, and areas where just a whisper of glitter could be seen.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that will inspire you to try adding mixed media effects to your handmade cards.  You can find all the products I used in the supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: Product Links

 

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