This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.
Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.
I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.
When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.
I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.
We recently celebrated a very important birthday here at our house, and I made this manly, masculine steampunk grungy 40th Birthday Card. I really had fun creating this card and using different techniques on the different components. Without further ado, or any additional adjectives, here is my card for today:
I started this card with what would become my orange layer. I used Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo to create the base color and then I also tossed some water on the ink. Next, I added the stamps. I used Archival Ink in Jet Black to stamp some of the images from the Steampunk Stamp Set and then also Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo to add the splatters and other textures from Bitty Grunge. I also ran my edge distressing tool around the paper. Once I had roughed up my edges I tapped them directly onto the ink pads to get the color really worked into the edge.
Next, I created my blue panel. Again, I began with a piece of white cardstock and applied Distress Ink, this time in Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood. I stamped lightly with the Linen background stamp from Stampin’ Up and added the “scratched” from Bitty Grunge in Weather Wood. I then stamped my gentlemen on the bottom with the black Archival Ink. This piece got the same edge technique as the orange. I then created the off-white piece. I inked a small piece of white cardstock with Old Paper and then stamped the circles from Bitty Grunge in Old Paper and then I added a little Vintage Photo ink on the edges.
Next, I began working on my wording. I die cut the word “happy” using the Chocolate alphabet die from QuicKutz in white cardstock. I then added Distress Stain in Walnut Stain. Once that was dry, I added Tea Dye Distress Embossing Powder. Then I went to work on the “40th”. The numbers were cut out using the Blossom Alphabet Dies QuicKutz in white cardstock. I applied Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and then stamped the checkers in Mowed Lawn. Then I added a tiny bit of Vintage Photo on the edges. Then came the “th.” I cut the letters with another alphabet die; this time the Oatmeal Alphabet Die from QuicKutz. For this one, I used Tarnished Brass and Walnut Stain to color the letters.
Then I started work on the “Birthday.” I really wanted to use the Chocolate Aplhabet again but the word was too long. It totally would have gone off the card. I tried a few other options but I ended up cutting my word out using my Silhouette Cameo and a font I had on my computer. This worked out much better. To color my “Birthday,” I used Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains.
At this point, I created my flags. I started by cutting three different sized strips of white cardstock and then I used a square punch to cut the tails. I then used more Distress Ink to color each. I used Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin on the top, Candied Apple on the middle and Mowed Lawn on the bottom. I also added Vintage Photo to each. Once these were completed I adhered them to my card and added eyelets. Then I adhered my completed panel to a 5″x7″ card base in Sahara Sand.
For my last step, I added the gears, brads and metal fastener. These are from Tim Holtz Gears and Mini Gears. I glued each gear in place and then added the brads . So this was it! So I drug out my light box and camera and got everything photographed, and then I decided it wasn’t done. So, I added a few more things.
So, I added the copper colored dots using Liquid Pearls in Copper Pearl on my “Birthday.”
Then I created an inner panel. This just really completed the card and it felt more “finished.” I created this panel in the same manner as the orange panel on the front but I tried to keep it a little lighter so I could write a message. Now, it was really finished!
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Sahara Sand – Stampin’ Up
Stamps: Bitty Grunge & Steampunk – Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous
My card today is inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Gentlemen. Sometimes it is easier to may girlie cards then cards for the men in our lives. This was my first opportunity to use this great set from Waltzing Mouse. It is called My Kind of Guy and it is cute!
I really wanted something minimal and quick. I stamped the images using Gathered Twigs and inked the background with Antique Linen. I drew the solid line in using a Distress Ink Marker in Gathered Twigs. I mounted the sentiment to a piece of scrap brown cardstock. I added a tiny little dot of Glossy Accents on the monocle. I adhered the sentiment on a jaunty angle.
For years, I have used the rectangle shaped Ink Blending Tools and I was a little reluctant to switch over to the new round ones but I have purchased a few and I am really happy with them. I feel like they give a much smoother application of ink without the hard edges that you can sometimes get with the rectangles.
I cut around the frame with scissors and cut the corner on an angle. I then added the brown cardstock, mirroring the corner with scissors. This card is significantly flatter then most of my cards and I just used a few supplies on this card.