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Tue 31

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  Have you checked out the dies from the latest release to help with those "challenging" masculine cards?


Most of us are much more comfortable with the pretty flowers and butterflies and toss in a few sequins and life is good.  That is until we need a card for the men in our lives.  Now if they would just like all the aforementioned things...life would be good.  But alas, the men in my life don't like those pretty sparkly things so I need to create differently.

I pulled out my new Ken Oliver color bursts to create the background.  I sprinkled the dry colors onto my craft sheet and added water.  I dragged my water color paper through the mixture and then sprayed the paper more to get the colors to blend and run even more.  The edges were inked with distress inks (forest moss, black soot and gathered twigs).  Faded stencil technique creates the corners.


The sentiment was created using the die Happy Birthday upright script cut twice and layered.  The focal point is the workshop border die cut from copper metallic paper.  You can barely see in the picture, but I carried through the design to the inside of the card with the same colors of color burst crystals and the Workshop border die.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today and hopefully, you're inspired a little bit to get creating for the men in your lives!!




What a fab card for a handyman guy or girl if she loves tools too , fab colours for a masculine effect and great inspiration thanks for sharing.

This is fantastic card Shelby. I find masculine cards a real challenge too. This is an awesome die. I have the hammer & saw dies (from an older release) and I love them, this would be great to use along with them.

Teresa...I have those older dies too! They'll pair perfectly with the new ones.

Thanks Julye!

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