Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Step x Step - Birthday card

Hello, it's Sue here with today's Saturday Step by Step, and today I'm sharing a birthday card that I've made for a significant birthday for my other half!

I started by using Wendy Vecchi's Translucent Embossing Paste through her brick stencil.

When the paste was dry I started to layer up colour using watered down arcylic paint.

With each layer of paint I used a slightly darker colour.

For the darkest colour I didn't use it all over the card just around the edges.

I then used the Prima Checked stencil and stencilled around the edge. I then stamped with the script stamp from the Artistic Outpost French Flight using Potting Soil Archival ink. The balloon is from the Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition set and I stamped the first with Potting Soil Archival ink then masked it off and stamped it again.

I then painted another piece of white card and used the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Mercantile set using Tree Branch Archival ink.

I then used the On the Edge dies to cut the numbers panel and a second piece that I've blended Distress Ink over.

To give the edges a burnt look I dabbed dark brown acrylic paint along them using cut 'n' dry foam.

I then stamped 2 sets of diamonds from the Classics 3 onto some painted card then cut them out.

The bird and sentiment are from the Classics 16 set, the bird has been stamped onto card that I've swiped Distress Stains over and the the sentiment onto painted card. I've then cut both out.

I then layered all my different elements up, you'll also see that I stamped the square stamp from the Classics 19 set as the top layer.

I added some Idea-ology and also some numbers by Prima (which sort of give the game away!) The pen nib has been coloured with alcohol ink to darken it slightly as has the arrow. 

Hope you've enjoyed todays step x step!



  1. Very beautiful card. Looks very masculin too.
    Greetings from Veerle

  2. Gorgeous layering of the patterned elements, beautiful Sue......but manly!! Ruth xx

  3. Such a fabulous vintage masculine card, thanks so much for sharing your step by step. Your Hb must have been thrilled to receive it x

  4. Love this gorgeous vintage mans card. I also love all the individual elements you have taken the time to create for the card. Fab x

  5. The layered elements look wonderful Sue and I love how the bird takes centre stage on this beautiful card.

  6. this is a wonderful collaged piece Sue. Great textures and layers of amazing stamps/details. TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  7. Wow! This card is so beautiful! It is so detailed with all of the different layers and textures ... I have been scrolling up and down, looking at the individual photos and then at the finished piece. Again, it is beautiful!

  8. his is gorgeous! I just love how you layers all your elements! The colour palette is stunning, thanks for sharing your step by step! :)

  9. what a beautiful card! someone is very lucky!

  10. Awesome card for your special fellow on his special birthday - loveing the layers, colours and all the great stamps. I don't know how you can top this when he becomes an OAP :)

  11. Sue,
    I love the way you layered texture, coloring, and elements to create this gorgeous card for your husband. Male themed cards are so difficult for me, and your tutorial is a huge help and inspiration!!

  12. Gorgeous, Sue! Simply gorgeous! XOXO-Shari T.

  13. What a simply lovely card. Just beautiful, Sue!

  14. Sue you really made this paper SING .... and I am sure that your other half will love it... especially since your hands created such a FANTASTIC card... very very lovely... love it all... manly man too... very nice.. .Love, light and Peace...Bonnie

  15. What a wonderful card. Love all the layering and the beautiful colour scheme. Hope hubby was pleased!


  16. I really love your beautiful card. I'm sure that he was thrilled with it.