Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 World’s Fair

Hello, Friends!  Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are able to kick back, relax and find some extra creative time today. I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog , sharing this Ladies and Gents birthday card tutorial.  The cards are made with the vibrant colors and inspiring images from the World’s Fair Collection.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1  World’s Fair is such a great choice for autumn cards!  The colors are vibrant, and the theme reminds me of all the small town country fairs that take place in the fall.  This pair of pocket cards makes me happy every time I look at them.  I created  a Snapguide tutorial for the gents card, as many of you have told me that they are hard for you to make.  I hope this will give you another masculine card layout that you can adapt for any occasion.

Snapguide Tutorial for Ladies and Gents Birthday Card

Check out How to Graphic 45 Masculine Birthday Card W/Pockets by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Birthday Card for the Gents

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I love these vintage men in their dapper hats and suits.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4When working with lots of different patterns, it really helps to mat each card component.  I often use black paper for this task, but for this card, this mustard yellow cardstock did the job nicely.  It kept the card light and festive, and kept the patterns from all running into one another.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5To add some texture to the card, I included some metal elements.  A metal key, some gears and a hot air balloon were each tapped with Distress Paint that complemented the papers.  It’s a small detail that makes a big difference.

A Peek Inside the Gents’ Card

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7I wanted this birthday card to feel fun and adventurous, so I really dressed up the inside with stamped birthday greetings and lots of color.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Blocks of color were added to the top of the card by using 6×6 patterns, fussy cut images and a fun tag and pocket.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Add a personal greeting to the tag, and tuck a small gift in the pocket, and your birthday gift is ready to give.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10The bottom half feels just like a walk down the midway at the fair.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11Tags are such fun to tuck into a pocket!  This one is topped with an old fashioned clock brad.  A simple stamped sentiment completes the card.

A Birthday Card for the Ladies

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Policy Envelopes (from the Graphic 45 Staples line) are a card maker’s best friend!  On this birthday card for the ladies, I used a small red policy envelope as a focal point in the sentiment collage. The red is a perfect color match, and the interesting text/pattern combination really anchors the design.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I also love using the reverse side of the ephemera card pack as a design layer.  The fussy cut flowers and balloons really pop against these two design features.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Yellow wrinkled ribbon is topped with gold metallic string and a vintage button from my stash.  Diamond Stickles add just the right amount of glitz to the card.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12Here’s a neat trick!  Cut two of the sentiment panels from the collection.  Trim one out in a square.  Add faux stitching with a  tracing wheel (from the sewing notions department).  I just ran the wheel through my ink pad.  Then I lay my steel edged ruler along the edges of the trimmed sentiment and added “stitches”.  This ornate design would be very hard to fussy cut.  I solved this by cutting around the basic shape on the second panel.  Then I backed it with foam dimensionals and very carefully lined it up with the base.  These two tricks really make the sentiment pop off the page.

A Peek Inside the Ladies’ Birthday Card

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Another pocket full of fun awaits!

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Stamped greetings and a waterfall feature fill this interactive card with FUN!  The die from Tammy Tutterow is fast becoming one of my favorites!

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8

Write a little note here….

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9And tuck little goodies inside these pockets.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10But wait!  There’s more fun inside the large pocket!

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11I created a matching book mark, mini tag and a photo mount using images from the collection.  Does this card feel like a party, or what?

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  I hope you were inspired by this Ladies and Gents Birthday Card tutorial.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Keep calm, and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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6 thoughts on “Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. LuvtoKraft

    Labor Day week was really busy and I saved several of your posts to savor with my tea. So glad I did! Your creations are absolutely wonderful. I love the bright colors and vibrancy of both these exceptional cards. Thanks for the tutorial and super inspiration for guy cards! You definitely have your craft on, my friend!
    Hugs,
    Kris

  2. Carol

    Hi Kathy both these cards are outstanding. Love the colours, vibrant , warm and exciting. Never thought of using faux wheel through an InkPad, useful tip indeed.x

  3. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, thank you for all the instructions. How long does it take to finish these wonderful creations? I wouldn’t know where to begin. they are all so magnificent. I look at these pkgs of paper like yours and aw but then what? I am amazed everyday at your ability. an such love for us to take the time to do all this…thanks heaps, and heaps….. Big Hugs.

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