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.

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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!



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7 thoughts on “Authentique Rugged Masculine Birthday Card

  1. Helen

    Excited to see this folio, Kathy, since I have the “rugged” paper pack (great buy at Tuesday Morning) and have enjoyed using it for masculine birthday cards! Your fabulous card gives me even more ideas for the next one! tfs

  2. soozyb2013

    I love those paper dolls. I haven’t used but one yet but I have them for when I get my craft-on back. It has been kinda simmering for awhile. Sometimes ones heart just isn’t into anything until the right bit of inspiration or some special thing happens in your day and you’re off again.
    Your son is going to love this card Kathy, really great work.

  3. Sandy Artman

    Wow, kathy,
    You really honored your son with this card. I imagine this will be a keepsake for sure! I love to see masculine card samples, since I’m usually challenged coming up with good ideas – this one is great! I haven’t used alcohol inks, so seeing how effectively they add color to metal gave me food for thought and adding the dimension to the book spine was brilliant.
    Love & blessings!

  4. Victoria Fletcher Smith

    Good Morning Kathy!!

    I love this masculine card!!! I am going to create something today. You are a major inspiration to me. Everyone Ooooo’s and Ahhhhhh’s over my cards these days. I don’t try to duplicate your cards….I just incorporate some idea and put my own spin on it. I love the sentiment and Tim is always a favorite. Curving the book spine is a great idea too!!

    Thanks for the inspiration,

  5. Suzy Q

    Awww! Kathy, this is such a neat guy card! Luv how you added the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to your card. I never think it looks right, but I luv how you did it! Perfect! Luv your color scheme too! Thanks so much for sharing your tips to make the metal pieces vintage looking! Luv every little detail detail about this one! Hugs, Suzy Q

  6. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what an awesome “guy” card! I really like the color palate and the vintage feel of it. Over the past year I’ve really grown to like blues, browns and tans together. As always your sentiments are so cool and the little fussy cuts are just perfect! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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