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.
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!
- Authentique Manly Collection Kit
- 8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft Cardstock
- Jute String
- Tim Holtz Stars
- Cowboy Boot Charm (given to me by a friend)
- Vintage Buttons from my stash