Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from the beach, and popping in with a quick and easy Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet that I made for our son this year.  When Peter was a little tyke, he wanted a pair of cowboy boots more than anything in the world.  We were a young family, living on one meager income, so there was not a lot of extra money to throw around on non-essentials.  The possibility of getting cowboy boots for this cute little guy was not likely.

But you all probably know how it is when your precious child, who really never asks for anything, wants something with all his or her heart.  It weighs on your mind. You think about it.  And finally, if you are a person of faith, you pray about it.  “Lord, it seems trivial.  But that little boy wants a pair of cowboy boots. Could you make that happen?”

So the next time Peter expressed this wish, I said, “Well, let’s talk to God about it.” That dear little boy, who was only three at the time, bowed his head and said, “God please send me some cowboy boots. ” And then he beamed at me and skipped off to play.

The Faith of  a Child

A few days later, a dear friend came to visit us from out of state.  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast together and he got quite a kick out of our vivacious and friendly son. Not one word was said about cowboy boots or money or any such thing.  Before he left, our friend pulled me aside and pressed a wad of bills into my hand.  “Go get that boy a pair of cowboy boots,” he said with a big grin on his face.

Well, I was gobsmacked.  As soon as we had finished sending our friend off, I told Peter to come see what I had to show him.  “Look, Peter!  It’s a miracle!  God sent us the money to go buy you a pair of cowboy boots!  Isn’t that amazing?”  Peter’s brown eyes looked straight into mine and he said very solemnly, “Well, we prayed didn’t we?”

Oh, the faith and wisdom of a child!  I’ve never forgotten that.  He’s still a man of faith, and we are so blessed that he is our son.  I just thought you might like to know why I chose this image and theme for Peter’s birthday card this year.

The Details

To make the card base, follow these simple steps:

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock to measure 7 3/4″ x 11″.
  • Next, score at 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″, 7 1/2″, 9 3/4″ .
  • Now fold along the scored lines.  You will end up with a 7 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ card base with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom.
  • Place magnets inside the card cover and on the inner flap before you decorate with designer papers, charms and vintage buttons.
A Peek Inside

  • Now line the inner panels of the card with designer paper.
  • Create a shallow box pocket inside the card by adding gussets to the sides of the flap.
  • First, fold the last score line on the pocket flap forward to create a “cuff.”
  • Then add designer paper below the cuff.
  • Adhere the cuff to the pocket flap, then add a strip of designer paper and a sticker to decorate.
  • Cut the gussets 3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.  Score at 1/4″ and 1/2″.
  • Glue the flaps to the card base and to the inside edge of the pocket flap to form the box pocket.

I’ll tuck a cash gift inside the box so Peter can go shopping for some new workshop tools.  Presenting a cash gift in this manner makes it a bit more personal and fun.

To see more ideas for working with the “Manly” collection, click HERE.  I’ve added a linked supply list below the post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next masculine card making adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




16 thoughts on “Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

  1. Gail Scott

    Such a fabulous testimony – the Bible does indicate “We have not because we ask not.” Yes, I believe that was a grand miracle – and happy your son got his cowboy boots! Lovely card! Have a blessed day!

  2. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    That is such an inspirational story!!! I keep telling my granddaughters to pray, but I don’t think I’m having much luck with that. I’m sure your son is going to treasure his card. It’s absolutely fabulous!!!!
    Hugs my sweet friend!

  3. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness! Your card is such a guy card and I luv it …but that little story about faith is so precious from your 3 year old …faith can move mountains. Us grownups forget that from time to time. But to see things thru the eyes of a 3 year old …is just amazing. My grandson Seth is 3 …and it is amazing how their little minds think. Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Marla Jean Owens

    What a beautiful story that you shared with us. Thank you so much for sharing how the Lord blessed your son with his much wanted cowboy boots. Our God is faithful! He always answers our prayers. Your card is lovely. I’m sure your son will love it.

  5. Beverly Jordan

    Love your testimony of teaching your child to pray and having faith! The blessing that God fulfilled is icing on the cake! Wonderful Manly birthday card and always love to see and read your blog, Kathy!! Hope he really enjoys the memory as much as we did hearing it!

  6. Lillian Lumachi

    What a sweet story to share and a nice reminder to keep the faith! Thank you and love your card as always!

  7. MaryH

    It is such a renewal of spirit to hear your son’s story! What wonderful faith.

    I remember when I got my first cowgirl outfit with a hat, skirt, boots and a cap gun and watching shows like the Cisco Kid, Roy Rogers and a local station with Pick Temple ( “Heidi, Pardner!”). Stroll down memory lane so nice…

    Your clever self has done it again. Great card, which your son will cherish. Wish I had such a talent for color and paper selections – your skill set is amazing!

  8. Charlotte

    I love this card, even before I read the boots story. ♥️ Then, the fishing card is wonderful, too. My man and his son are at it right now. Thank you for all the inspiration. I am in the middle of the authentique fall calendar folios. Love!


    Beautiful story Kathy, and YES – “All things are possible through Jesus Christ our Lord”!! Your son will love this card for sure!!

  10. soozyb2013

    Nice little story to go along with this nice card. My Mum had a dear friend that made sure she got a walker, and not a cheap one either. He was a dear family friend, he wanted Mum to be safe on a solid one with a seat. I think of him now and smile.
    Great card Kathy.

  11. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a wonderful story! Miracles happen every day and usually right on time! I love your “manly” wallet. It is perfect and I’m sure your son will be thrilled with it. The banner sentiment on the inside is just beautiful. And the boot charm on the front is a perfect embellishment. Mom and son are both blessed to have each other. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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