40 and Fabulous (Masculine Birthday Card)

Good Tuesday morning, friends.  I’m sitting here in my studio with my window open.  The birds are chirping, the air is balmy and it promises to be a gorgeous spring day.  I’m prepping for a craft show scheduled for this Saturday, and the days just aren’t long enough to get everything done.  But I’m popping in here for just a few minutes to share one of my latest cards with you, then it’s back to work for me.

This “40 and Fabulous” card was a blast to make.  You know how sometimes when you are making a card, everything just works together and it’s almost effortless?  (Yeah, I don’t have those moments very often, either…but when I do, it’s a great day!) Well, this 40 and Fabulous card practically made itself.

Made with Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection.

Made with Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection.

I started with a 5×6 1/2 inch card base and stamped around the perimeter with Technique Tuesdays “Measure Up” stamp set.  (BTW…I love using this stamp to add a border around a card. )  A 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inch panel of black and cream patterned paper was matted onto black cardstock and adhered to the base.  The chipboard letters were painted with a gold Painty pen and set aside to dry.  The stars and numbers are from Tim’s Grungeboard collection. I  covered in the stars in gold Stickles and set aside to dry.  The numbers were coated in Ranger black enamel accents and set aside to dry. The red ampersand is a sticker from a Thickers pack.  The three main images were cropped and matted on black cardstock and then adhered as shown. 

I fussy cut a few tickets and other images from the collection and added them to the card.  Done!  Here’s a peek at the inside:

40 and Fabulous card 2013 (7)

I stamped a simple birthday message in Versamark and then heat embossed the image.  Another ampersand (to tie in with the design on the front of the card) and another fussy cut ticket, and the card is complete.  Does it get any easier than that? Best of all, the sketch I designed would work well for any number of card designs.  Bonus!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  I hope you found some inspiration or ideas here.  Tomorrow is the 10th, and that means I can begin to reveal the designs I submitted to the final round of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team audition.  In the meantime, I hope you take a minute today to notice the beauty around you.  Life is filled with wonder…we need to take time to notice it.  Thanks for your comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Products used in this design:  Papers: Graphic 45 Curtain Call 8×8 paper pack; Cardstock: black and kraft cardstock from My Favorite Things; Stamps: Technique Tuesday “Measure Up”; Chipboard: Tim Holtz Grungeboard, letters and elements; Stickers: American Crafts Thickers for Crate Paper, red.  Inks:  Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink, Versamark; Embossing Powder: Zing Embossing Powder, Brown Sugar



6 thoughts on “40 and Fabulous (Masculine Birthday Card)

  1. Tanya Turner

    The glory of a spring day full of promise…watching you create is very nearly the same as enjoying a fine chocolate truffle! Truly! You could have saved me so many pounds! :o)
    This card is full of style, how I enjoy pictures from those old movies…I love the fact that it was such an event our grandparents would dress in their Sunday best to go….
    This card itself is an event… whoever the receiver is will surely be blessed.

  2. ncguygirl

    What a great masculine card! I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it difficult to find nice masculine cards in retail outlets. This one is classy and fun. Love it!

  3. Nancy

    Good morning, Kathy! Like you, I so enjoy awaking to birdsongs – today they sound positively “twitterpated!” This is a great card – I especially like the Charlie Chaplin image. 🙂

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