Tuesday 3 June 2014

Happy Birthday Andy

This is another male card I've made recently, which was for my brother-in-law, and uses the Woodware large word stamp Happy Birthday.

A pearlised card with blue and brown shades in it, brown card and mint pearlised card were used along with three different patterned papers from Dovecraft's Masculine Papers 8"x 8" paper pad to make up the layers on the card.

The Happy Birthday stamp was stamped and embossed using VersaMark ink and Disco Black embossing powder from Stampendous on to one of the patterned papers.  It was then stamped and embossed on to two different patterned papers and alternate letters were cut from each patterned paper design and paper pieced on to the main stamped image.  Once completed the topper was embossed using the Cuttlebug Falling Snow embossing folder.  This welds the paper piecing to the card and adds texture which you can see in the picture below.  A stitched border using a black thread was added to frame the sentiment before layering it up to make the main topper.

The topper was attached to the card using foam pads to raise it over the other backing panels on the card.

Black thread was also used to add a stitched border to the other backing panels.  Thin brown satin ribbon, which had been cut from the shoulders of a top, and gold brads were the added extras to this card.

Although the patterned papers all toned, paper piecing patterned paper on to patterned paper didn't really work as the letters ended up being camouflaged rather than highlighted. I think it needs to be patterned letters on a plain background or plain letters on a patterned background to be most effective.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 21 - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Something for the Men in your Life
Use Your Stuff Challenge 138 - Patterned Paper
Bearly Mine June Challenge - One For The Boys
Country View Crafts Challenge - Only Men Allowed
RRR Challenge 96 - Masculine with Ribbon or Trims
Allsorts Challenge 261 - For The Guys
My Sheri Crafts Challenge 134 - Anything Masculine
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 22 - Men on our Minds
CRAFT Challenge 261 - Paper Piecing
Delightful Challenges - It's a Guy Thing


  1. Blue and brown make such a great colour combo Liz and this is perfect for our theme at Allsorts this week, thanks for joining in.

    B x

  2. Wonderful colors, paper, and design! Thanks for sharing it with us at Delightful Challenges, "It's a guy thing"! :)

  3. This is gorgeous Liz. The Woodware stamp is Fabulous and I love the colours.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  4. Great card! Thanks for playing along at Use your Stuff.

  5. stunning male card liz.these stamps are fab and i love your paper piecing ;D

    xx coops xx

  6. What a fantastic masculine card. Love your design! Just simply wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Delightful Challenges.

  7. another fab card and thanks for sharing at craft

  8. OOOH super card, thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at CRAFT x carol

  9. Super Cute! Love Love Love!!! thanks for joining us at Crafting From The Heart this week.
    Tina - DT

  10. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine this month x

  11. Wonderful card and just perfect for the challenge too.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'For The Guys' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  12. its a gorgeous card..... thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at BEARLY-MINE this month x carol

  13. Love this birthday card... really love the way you did the lettering. Great colors too

    Thanks for sharing with My Sheri Crafts

  14. Fabulous colors and great paper piecing on your letters -- thanks so much for sharing with us @ My Sheri Crafts challenge!

  15. Love your card, I can't get these stamps in Australia and adore them every time I see them on a card. I have joined your blog and also I have 3 great artist sponsoring my candy if you are interested to join up and join in...

  16. What a great male card, I love the colours you have used! Your card fits perfectly into the theme 'Men on Our Minds' at Polkadoodles Challenge. Thank you for joining in the fun with us at Polkadoodles Challenge. Yvonne (DT)


  17. Brilliant project, love it! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Countryview Crafts!