A Masculine Birthday Card

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

As a card maker, I am drawn to bright, cheerful colors.  Mostly white card bases with pops of pinks, mint and soft yellows.  There are times though, when I need to make a masculine-style card.  This is where the richer colors come in with some darker accents.  For today’s project, I’m using a background die from Avery Elle called Waves for a quick and easy masculine birthday card.  Balloons from Avery Elle’s Balloons stamp set are heat embossed with rich colors that complement the neutral background.

I first die cut the Waves die into black cardstock.  Be sure to add a metal shim or extra card stock layer to your die cut machine to ensure a clean cut.  I then used a piercing tool to pop out the wave pieces.

I adhered the die cut to a note card I made using kraft colored card stock.  I just used liquid Tombow glue on the framed area of the die cut since the “waves” stay pretty flat.

Next, I stamped the 3 sentiment balloons from the Balloons stamp set using my stamp platform and some Versamark ink.

A helpful hint I learned a while ago for solid stamps like these is to run a gum or white eraser over the top to “season” the stamp for the ink.  This will help give a clean impression.

After stamping the balloons, I heat embossed some silver, green and dark purple embossing powder over the tops.  Any dark colors will do.   I thought these looked nice with the kraft and black background of the card.  To cut out the balloons, I used the matching Balloons Dies, but you could easily fussy cut the stamped images.  For the “happy” balloon, I trimmed off the top so I could line it up with the frame of the background die.

I adhered the balloons down the front of the card with some foam squares—overlapping to add interest.

For a final touch, I ran some Tombow Aqua Glue along small pieces of stiff twine and adhered them as strings to the balloons.

I love all the shine that the heat embossing gives to the dark colors of the balloons.  The background die gives a great additional layer of texture too.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope today’s project inspires you to experiment with different color combos that you don’t normally use to create some fun new projects!

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