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Guy Card: Happy Birthday!

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My husband’s birthday is this weekend, and since I’ve never blogged about the card I made him last year, I thought this would be a good time to share it.  I wrestle with making a card “guy enough” or cool and neutral for someone who doesn’t care for flowers, ribbon, stickers and pretty things.  I enjoy using ribbon, floral embellishments and rhinestones but that wasn’t my guy’s style, so here is the card I made for him:

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Here is another angle of the card.

Happy Birthday card
Happy Birthday card

I started off with a kraft cardstock base and distressed it by rubbing the inside of my scissor blade around the edges.  Then I laid down some scrap paper I had torn and inked on the edges.  I pierced the paper and hand-stitched some craft hemp twine through the holes.  Glossy Accents was used on the “happy” letters of the paper, in order to make them shiny and appear like they were attached to the paper instead of being printed on it.  Too add more texture, I used a chipboard embellishment  and acrylic stamps from Close to My Heart and threaded the hemp through some buttons I found at an estate sale (HUNDREDS of buttons for $2 total!).

Button detail
I have hundreds of these wooden buttons that seem to compliment any card.

I paid a couple of cents for a vintage electronics book from the 1950s and tore out part of a page after using rub-on letters to say “birthday” on a sheet. I inked the edges to make it look a little more worn.

Torn paper detail
Torn paper detail

My husband and I are huge Depeche Mode fans and on one of their singles from the Ultra album, they used an upside-down fleur-de-lis symbol for the cover art. Since then, this motif has resonated with the English band’s fan-base, so I like to throw it in when it makes sense. This was a charm from Tim Holtz’s collection and it started off silver, but I inked it with gold and dropped a few different mica powders and embossing powders to alter it look aged, worn and distressed.

Fleur-de-lis charm detail
Fleur-de-lis charm detail

This is a close-up of the different textures and details of the card.

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