Layered Male Birthday Card

How to create fun layered masculine cards

Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I would like to show  you another fun masculine birthday card and this time I’m concentrating on working in layers to create an interesting background to look at.


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How to create fun layered masculine cards

To get this card started I first die cut my smallest background panel. For this I used a stitched square die and I die cut this panel from Cornwall Watercolour paper (bright white/rough). Then I roughly measured by hand two pieces of Rebekah Meier by Therm O Web “Mixed Media Art Tape“ in about the size of my panel. This Art Tape is fabulous, I love working with it, you can can tear it, stamp on it, stencil on it and it takes colour very well! It’s adhesive backed and the tape won’t come of your project when the adhesive comes in contact with water.

Next I tore of pieces of the sides of the tape to create a more roughed up edge and then I layered a stencil over the tape, working on my craft mat (but a piece of scrap paper will do fine as well), and applying Archival Ink in the colour “Sepia“ over the stencil using a foam applicator tool. I choose a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Love Sonnet“ (TCW737s) for this, it creates an interesting texture in the background without drawing to much attention.

How to create fun layered masculine cards

These pieces of Art Tape I adhered to the watercolour die cut panel with it’s own adhesive back. Then I added some staples to create a more masculine feel.

How to create fun layered masculine cards

Now I can start colouring the watercolour panel. For this I choose a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in the colour “Rusty Lantern Lime“. I added some of the powder to the project with a dry brush and then sprayed water and moved the colour around by moving the panel sideways, drying the panel with my Ranger Heat It tool when I liked what I had.

How to create fun layered masculine cards

For my next layer I used some The Crafter’s Workshop “Black Modeling Paste“ (TCW9009) and applied that over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Kitchen Tiles“ (TCW751s) using a palette knife. Don’t cover up all the interesting details from the Art Tape and be careful around the staples. Now you can set the panel aside to dry.

How to create fun layered masculine cards

While this panel was drying I started working on another layer. For this I choose the Therm O Web “Mixed Media Sheets“.

This is a translucent paper that you can paint on, die cut, tear, whatever you like! This is another Term O Web product that I love and that is very versatile. I tore a piece of this paper in a shape that I liked (at this point it’s handy to know what the size of your next layer will be so that you don’t make it to small). Then I coloured this piece of Mixed Media Sheet with a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical called “Time Travel Teal“. I put the paper on my craft sheet, added some of the powder with the dry brush, sprayed with water, moved the paper around in the colour (to prevent your fingers from also being coloured I can advice some tweezers for this), dry with the Heat It tool when you like the result and repeat when necessary.

When the paper was dry I added the same design from the Love Sonnet stencil that we used before using the same Sepia ink colour and a foam applicator tool.

I also stamped my focal point, for this I used a Nellie’s Choice stamp featuring an old car (CSMT005 – Oldtimer) (you can use any stamp that you have that will suite the occasion/or style of the recipient). I used Archival Ink in the colour “Jet Black“ on crème coloured linen textured card stock and using my MISTI. I die cut around the car image with a rectangle stitched die and I also created a slightly larger mat this way from some matching slightly shimmery brown card stock. These two mats I adhered together using liquid glue.

When the black modeling paste is dry I adhere this panel to a slightly larger die cut square panel that I created from some matching turquoise coloured linen textured card stock, using liquid glue.For some added interest in the background I splattered these combined panels with some Coliro Pearl Colors by Finetec GmbH in the colour “Blackberry“ and set aside to dry for a while. I love the combination of the black modeling paste on the green and brown background with some splatters for added interest!

How to create fun layered masculine cards

After the splatters have dried I can put the card together: I choose a black linen textured card base, adhered the two combined square panels to this card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. Then I adhered the piece of Mixed Media Sheet on top using a little of the Therm O Web “Mixed Media Adhesive“ and the combined rectangle panels on top of this also using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish this card I added a Tim Holtz “Small Talk – Occasions“ sticker that I cut in half.

How to create fun layered masculine cards

And that finishes today’s fun masculine project!

Thank you Therm O Web for providing the DT with some of these gorgeous products, I loved playing with them.

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Heidi Jakobs

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

2 thoughts on “Layered Male Birthday Card

  1. I love sportscars – – – so please refrain from saying this is a masculin card. I know it must be difficult for some people to come up with projects a man might like — but, please, please, let’s not get into identifying sexual preferences quite like this very snazzy card that I bet many people would love to receive!

    Mary in Oregon

    1. Thank you for your comment, Mary. We agree that many – regardless of sexual preferences – would be thrilled to receive this very snazzy card. So true. What is your favorite sportcar? I really love the 50’s Thunderbirds or 60’s Corvettes. 🙂
      Cheryl Boglioli
      TCW Design Team Coordinator

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