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Beetle Birthday Card

Deep Red Stamps VW Bug

Hi everyone! Today I have another set of birthday cards for the men in our lives for you all: I don’t know about you but I often struggle to create cards for guys. Mostly I test if something is okay by checking how my boyfriend reacts to what I create (I noticed that the bling bling factor for men is not on the same level as for women ....) and adjusting when his response is not what I hoped for.

Well, let’s start today’s project: I stamped the “VW Bug” stamp from Deep Red stamps onto some white card stock with Memento’s “Espresso Truffle” ink and die cut this image with one of my circle Crea-Nest-Lies XXL dies in the size I wanted. I edged this circle with VersaMagic “Wheat” ink.

Next I started working on the background: I die cut a square stitched panel with one of my Crea-Nest-Lies XXL dies from some dark craft card stock. Then I created my own patterned paper by stamping one of the stamps from the Kaisercrafts’ “Scrap Yard” stamp set multiple times with Distress Oxide Ink in the colour “Faded Jeans”. I’m new to these inks so I’m still figuring out what they do and if I like what I can create with them. After I finished the stamping I sprayed with water and dried with a heat gun (it causes the ink to oxidise and become lighter in colour which I love!).

Deep Red Stamps VW Bug

I mounted both the circle die cut and the square die cut on some larger die cut black card stock mats with liquid glue and adhered the combined squares to a crème coloured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape and I did the same with the combined circles, placing them in the middle of the squares (I didn’t put foam tape on the right hand side of the circle because I needed room to put the happy birthday sentiment strip under that later on).

Then it’s time for the sentiments: I stamped the sentiment from the Stamping Bella’s stamp called “Vienna and her Vespa” onto some matching light blue card stock with the same brown ink that I used for the car and die cut a banner from that with the Mama Elephant “Bold Banner” die and edged this banner with Distress Ink in the colours “Faded Jeans” and “Chipped Sapphire”. When the banner was ready I adhered it over the circles with one millimetre thick foam tape.

The second sentiment was created by cutting a strip of white card stock and stamping one of the sentiments from the Clearly Besotted stamp set “Sweet Little Sentiments” on there in a way that both of the words “happy” and “birthday” were readable. After edging with the same Wheat ink I adhered the strip under the circles with liquid glue.

And for my finishing touch I used different sizes of Cartwright’s Sequins in the colour “Metallic Gray” that I glued on with Ranger Medium Matte. And that finishes my first card.

Deep Red Stamps VW Bug

For the other three cards I used the same lay-out but some different colours of ink, some I didn’t spray with water and I used different colours of card stock to get a different result.

So, for my second card I used Versafine “Vintage Sepia” ink to stamp the car with, I used Distress Oxide Ink in the colour “Peeled Paint” to create the patterned background but I didn’t spray with water (because I used a slightly lighter colour craft card stock). Then I stamped the first sentiment onto some matching light green card stock and edged the banner with Memento’s “Bamboo Leaves”. And form my complementary mats I used a shiny orange card stock. Because of that I didn’t put any extra sequins on because that would ad to much to the bling factor (my boyfriend agreed!).

My third card is a lot like the first card but I didn’t spray the Oxide ink with water (because I used light craft card stock), I used a slightly shiny matching brown card stock for my mats and I finished with some Cartwright’s Sequins in “Satin Mocha” in different sizes.

And for today’s last card is used Memento’s “Rich Cocoa” ink to stamp the car, sprayed the Oxide Ink with water, used some complementing dark red linen textured card stock for my mats and finished with Cartwright’s Sequins in the colour “Metallic Coffee” in different sizes.

And that finishes today’s project! Do you like to make cards for men and what stamp sets do you like to use for them?

I would like to submit this project to the following challenges:

- SSS Monday Challenge: Masculine

- SSS Wednesday Challenge: Make it Masculine

- The Ribbon Girl June Card Challenge:

- Lil Patch of Crafty Friends : Anything Goes:

- AI Challenge: Let's Distress:

#DeepRedStampsVWBug #KaisercraftScrapYard #DistressOxideInk #StampingBellaViennaandherVespa #MamaElephantBoldBannerdie #ClearlyBesottedSweetLittleSentiments #Cartwrightssequins

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