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Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Who says handmade birthday cards for men are hard?  Let me show you a classy yet simple card with the Country Road stamp set, (one I think is a bit underrated) in the Annual catalogue.

Create Classy Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

How gorgeous are those pussy willows?  Remember looking for those when you were a kid as the first sign of spring?  Now, I know it’s not spring right now, but with the fall-ISH copper embossing powder it works, doesn’t it?

Emboss Some Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

So let me ask you…

Have you got a – or more than one – guy who fits this description?

  • Likes subtle colours?
  • Is a family guy?
  • Enjoys the outdoors and nature?
  • Is a western-kind of fella?
  • Has a birthday occasionally? 😜

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this card is for you!

I LOVE These Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Admittedly you might not find as many stamps that lend themselves to masculine greetings.  But for handmade birthday cards for men, this Country Road set is a no-brainer!  Let’s take a peek.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Wanna know something else?  This is a really economical set too.  You can pick up the clear set for only $27 CDN.  So I know it won’t take me long to get my $$$ back.  Gotta love it! 

In fact, I made two of these cards already.  One for my dad’s 80th birthday and another for my adult nephew’s special day.  They were pretty quick, simple and a perfect choice to help them both celebrate.

 

What are MY favourite parts for these handmade birthday cards for men?

 

  • dry embossed Pinewood Planks panel sponged randomly with Early Espresso ink
  • a two-tone Happy Birthday banner.  (True Story – I didn’t even know that framelit in the Bunch of Banners made a border like that😉!  Guess I need to use it more!)
  • subtle colour selection.  The WOW factor is the copper layer and of course,
  • beautiful copper embossed pussy willows…

…and…

EXTRA Special Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

  • a fully decorated inside. 

 

Want some great ideas to help you make these sometimes challenging cards?  Check this one out.  

I’ll bet you have most of the other supplies already in your craft room to make this card.  And if not, you can add whatever you need here.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Who Said Handmade Birthday Cards for Men are Hard?

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you find challenging about making cards for the guys in your life?  Leave me a comment.  

And let me know what other favourite Stampin’ Up! sets you love to use to help your men celebrate their happy day. 

Lovely as a Tree?  Coffee Cafe?  Picture Perfect Birthday?

And be sure to stick around.  I’ll share more ideas for handmade birthday cards for men over the next little while.

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

A friend asked me the other day “Is it too early for Christmas?  Now admittedly, the snow falling outside our window might have had something to do with that question (yup, September 13th 🙁), but it did get me thinking. 

When we hand make gifts, cards and other holiday items, I’m pretty sure it’s NEVER too early to get started on our crafting. 

After all, we all make our handmade crafting list a mile long, right?  So in that case, how about a SUPER simple and inexpensive card idea with REALLY minimal supplies?  One like this?

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Classy embossed elegance like this that takes less than 10 minutes to put together (even INCLUDING the bow with my quick video)? YES, count me in!

You already know I LOVE the look of dry embossing.  It’s got so much going for it.

  • Quick – about 10 seconds to run through your Big Shot
  • Inexpensive – use your embossing folders over and over again, on all kinds of paper like this Very Vanilla card stock
  • Easy – once you’ve done one, it’s just like riding a bike
  • Beautiful – understated and gorgeous designs
  • Versatile – use it as the main focus like this, the background or for little accents

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Is It Too Early for Christmas?

 

Ingredients

  • Cherry Cobbler cardsock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla card stock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Gold metallic edge ribbon – about 10”

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Recipe

  1. Emboss greeting with Versamark ink on the bottom of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat. (TIP1: If you’re making multiples, use the Stamparatus to get exact placement each time.)
  2. Insert Very Vanilla cardstock into Seasonal Wreath embossing folder and run through Big Shot. (TIP2: Use only one standard cutting pad for this Dynamic Textured EF.)
  3. Glue to folded front of Cherry Cobbler card base.
  4. Make a bow and attach with a mini glue dot on the bottom right.  (TIP3: see how easy they are to make with my super quick video.)
  5. Decorate the wreath with gold metallic pearls. (TIP4: I added them everywhere a small sprig was coming out of the wreath which gave a nice random effect.)

This card is economical too, coming in at just under 70 cents.  Add in the envelope and you’ve got a gorgeous handmade greeting for under a buck. No way you’re going to find anything as pretty at the dreary old dollar store!

Plus think of the fun you’ll have getting creative in your craft room! 👍

OK, don’t wait.  Let’s get you all outfitted to make this card yourself now before you add anything more to your holiday hand crafting list!  Here are all the supplies.

 

Is It Too EARLY for Christmas?

Once you try this one out, you might like to give this simple snowy card a try too – EVEN quicker than this one!

Dry embossing is a sure-fire way to make beautiful cards quickly and easily.  And when we overdo it with our holiday handcrafting TO Do Lists, they’re the ideal answer.  

So I ask you, exactly WHEN is it too early for Christmas?

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Today I thought I’d share this card I did for my first Facebook Live in July!  Even though I had a few glitches, I love how simple this card is.  And I want to give you all the measurements and video steps so you can make it yourself.

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

What’s not to love about shiny embossing powder, elegant vellum and beautiful patterned paper right?  And even better, this is a quick card you can get started on now!  Here’s another pic from a different angle.

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

So are you ready to take a peek at that video?

So, despite the glitches😬, a pretty card yes?  How about the variations?  Which one was YOUR favourite heat embossing on vellum Christmas 2018 card?  Leave me a comment – the gold, the copper or the silver?

 

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

 

Here are all the measurements to get you creating!

  • Shaded Spruce – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Vellum cardstock – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Under the Mistletoe DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Old Olive 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces, 1 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 1 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″

Let me give you a closer peek at the inside.

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

…and even closer!

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

I love that pebbly look.  The texture is just gorgeous!

Now you have all the steps and measurements – and some TIPS – here are all the supplies to make it yourself.  Thanks for placing your order with me!

Heat Embossing on Vellum Christmas 2018 Card

Falling in love with this Stylish Christmas stamp set like me?  I’ve got another pretty card, with a video, also with embossing you can make for your holiday greetings.  (This video is NOT upside down or backwards either! 😜) 

Even though it’s only September, are you ready to get going on your own festive greetings?  It’s amazing how quickly the time goes!  When you’re ready, make sure you try this heat embossing on vellum Christmas 2018 card!

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards | VIDEO

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards | VIDEO

Is it time to start rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards?  It just might be if you like to get them well done ahead of time.  And if a super short video with all the how to’s is right up your alley, you’re in the right place!

Spectacular cards don’t need to take forever to make.  And rubber stamping mixed with heat embossing makes spectacular cards. 

Let’s have a little lookey-see.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

This Stylish Christmas stamp set is from the Annual Catalogue and it caught my eye way back in May.  As one of the Distinktive stamp sets developed by Stampin’ Up! it’s bold yet soft at the same time.  They call it photo-realistic and it really is unique. 

Let’s see why I’m enjoying using it with my copper embossing powder.

 

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards   

 

 

Do you like that pebbly kind of texture too you get with embossing the Distinktive stamps too?  If you do, you might also think this one on vellum and designer series paper I did as a Facebook Live is pretty.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

OK, here’s everything you need for rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards just like this!

Ingredients

  • Whisper White 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Old Olive – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Real Red cotton ribbon – about 10”

 

Recipe

The video has it all for you!

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

So now it’s your turn to get busy with your embossing powder and heat tool.  If they haven’t seen the light of day for a bit, take ‘em out and dust ‘em off!  

And if you need any of the supplies I used, here they are.  Remember, when you place a $75 order now until September 13th, I’ll enter your name in my Holiday Catalogue Raffle.  Plus I’ll automatically send you my Santa’s Workshop Bonus Gift too!  Just my way of thanking you for choosing to shop with me.

Rubber Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards

Do you remember the first time you saw heat embossing?  How those teeny dots of plastic melted into a glorious shine and glossy finish?  Almost like magic wasn’t it? 

Well, why not recreate some magic all on your own and get a jump start on rubber stamping & embossing Christmas cards today?

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

Today I want to show you exactly how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds.  I am in love with these vibrant watercolour crystals to create spectacular one-of-a-kind backgrounds.

I just had to put together a video for you to give you some hints on working with them so you can get fabulous results like this too.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

You might remember this beautiful butterfly card made by my friend Karen using this technique.  And although I know you have the steps from that blog post, sometimes it’s just a little easier to see it in action right?

But first, let’s take a quick look at this card from another angle.

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Now, you may already know that I am a watercolour gal.  Give me some watercolour paper, inks and some water and I’m as happy as a puppy in a bag of unguarded dog chow.  

I absolutely love creating backgrounds and stamping, like on this masculine birthday card or having fun colouring like you see on this oh-so-cute rhino.  

So when another medium comes along to give me some of those same – yet different – results, sign me up!

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

Don’t you just love how intense these colours are? It’s amazing how only a teeny tiny speck of crystal creates such awesome results.  How about we take a peek at my video to see exactly how to get gorgeous backgrounds like this?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Did you see how easy Brusho is to use?  A couple simple taps, a spritz, time to dry (the hardest part) and what stunning results.  Your friends will think you’re a genius!

And for another quick and easy technique with Brusho, you’ve gotta check this one out.

Want a closer peek at the other colour combinations I showed you in the video?

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

 

OK, now I need to know.  Leave me a comment.  Which one is your favourite?  The red-orange or yellow-blue-green?

 

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

You’ll be happy to know the supply list for these cards is pretty short.  I’ll bet you probably have most items in your stash of goodies, and might only need to add the Brusho. 

Simply click on any of the images below to take you to my online store and that darling little brown UPS truck will be headed your way.

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Pssst…know what I have coming up for you?  A fab Brusho online class you are going to love (five different techniques)!  Keep your eyes peeled!  You won’t want to miss it!

And in the meantime, now you’ve seen just how quick and easy this resist technique is, get out your watercolour paper and spritzers.  I’d love for you to share with me how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds YOUR way!

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