Saturday, June 18, 2011

MASCULINE Birthday Card for Son who will be TWENTY!

OOOH, MY GOODNESS! I cannot...repeat...CANNOT believe that my Colson will be TWENTY YEARS OLD on Monday!!! I am determined not to get all "mushy," about it, here, but...sniff...

Here are the details of how I made his MANLY card:

I wanted to use tools from my supplies that I'd not, yet, used -- not a tough call, since MOST of my tools haven't been put to work.

I cut three pages from a wallpaper book that I'd been given. One page looks like leather, so I used it with my PTI "Tabbed MiniBook Page" die to create covers for an attached-to-card booklet. Inside, "dusty peach" pages were embossed with a Sizzix "notebook" folder and trimmed to fit. For fun, I jotted down notes on the pages that give a few details of Colson's life and "likes." The booklet covers and pages were distressed with ink and with a distresser tool to rough 'em up a little.

The front of the booklet was decorated with both wallpaper and card stock die-cuts made with PTI "Mat Stack 1," "Mat Stack 2," and "Numbers" dies. Twine was wrapped around the front cover to provide a bit of fiber to the card.

A strip of wallpaper was adhered to the bottom of the card front and a card stock banner was stamped, hand-cut, and adhered atop it.

Distressed card stock and a layered wallpaper strip were adhered to the inside of the card for Colson's dad and my messages.

Next, will be to bake him my OH, SO SPECIAL yellow cake with chocolate-mocha frosting!! (Colson likes my cake EVEN MORE than my handmade cards!)


  1. oh, deb!! how wonderful this is! the wallpaper is such a clever use and the distressed pages inside look awesome! i have a feeling his fav cake just might to a back seat to this cool card:) hb to him!!

  2. Hard to believe that Colson is turning 20!! Happy Birthday Colson! :)
    This card will be treasured for sure with all the special notes hand written by mom and dad.
    Your creation is awesome!

  3. Thank you, ladies!!

    The wallpaper was a SUPER resource! I just cut two shapes for the front cover...adhered them back-to-back to give a full leather look. I reinforced the "scored" areas with extra strips of the wallpaper to ensure that the covers could be repeatedly manipulated without damage.

    Not acid-free, but wallpaper is a pretty long-lasting material, so I figured "why not use it?"

    Since Colson has to work tonight and tomorrow, we plan to celebrate his birthday on Wednesday. (I'll let you know if he rates the card ABOVE the cake! But, he's a guy, after all, so I have my doubts. Ha!)

  4. Very cool card! Love the handwritten notes special.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!