Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Male Birthday card for 20th Birthday

It was Len's great-nephew's 20th Birthday recently, and I went through the usual gnashing of teeth trying to think of what sort of card to make. His Facebook page didn't give much away so I resorted to opening up a few Really Useful Boxes and peering hopefully inside them. And then, I spotted a load of 'Scrabble' pieces - produced especially for crafting. And that's what kicked it all off - here's the result:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square Kraft card blank, side opening

- a sheet of paper from the Paper Cellar 'Mens' paper pad, just slightly trimmed to leave a little border. I like the open topped cars in the pattern

- 'Scrabble' letters to spell out Brad's name. They're make of thin (balsa?) wood and I found them in Hobbycraft, under their own label, a good while ago

- the letters came with some double sided sticky circles on the back but I carefully removed those and used Collall All Purpose glue to glue the pieces in position

- finished off by adding a 'Craftwork Cards' sentiment, again bought ages ago. As often happened with these sentiments the circle had been cut just slightly 'off' leaving a fine white border in places, so I carefully trimmed right round to even things up

- then ran a black marker around the edge before adding the sentiment to the card using thin sticky pads

For being totally without inspiration at first, I'm glad this worked out as it did - and it got a thumbs up from my 'in-house critic' too!



18 comments:

Karenladd said...

Well done Di! Cards for young men are the toughest to make, especially if you don't really know what his interests are. Not all guys are into sports! Of course, even knowing what the recipient is interested in doesn't help much if you don't have supplies that apply. I had to resort to downloading clip-art of a game controller and coloring it in..then adding hand-drawn details...for a video game fanatic once. Those scrabble tiles add wonderful dimension and personalization. I know he'll feel very special when he opens it up. A bonus point for using up old, old stash too.

Greta said...

Oh what a great masculine card, Di! Love the Scrabble pieces, design & car paper! So glad you're seeing some improvement & hope Mr Dudley isn't getting into too much mischief!

Aquarius said...

Thinking of something for a male card - especially if they are in the younger age bracket - can be difficult but you've certainly come up trumps here. Pleased the really useful boxes actually contained something useful for you, often mine don't even though they are full!!

Kath said...

A lovely card and a great idea to use the scrabble pieces - glad I'm not the only one who struggles with male cards!
Kath x

Carole said...

Brilliant card Di...I have several really useful boxes with stuff in that I had forgotten about and then find after I need them! Yours proved a really useful box...it all co-ordinates together so well. Still raining here...must bring wellies to playground to splash in the puddles! Hugs xx

Sarn said...

That's a terrific masculine card . . . and personalised too. Just the ticket. Very difficult age to make for!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful card for a 20 yr old, and fabulously masculine too, Di!
Blessings
Maxine

Em Louise Fairley said...

This is fab, Di xoxo

Bunny said...

I love that these are thin Scrabble pieces. A great idea for his card. I wish we had some of those thin pieces. All I've ever seen are the thick and those wouldn't mail too well. 

[Bunny]`

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

A wonderful personalize card!

Trina P. said...

Wonderful masculine card, Di. Love the scrabble letters! Great find. xx

Pat said...

This is a wonderful masculine card Di and I love the tiles with his name on which work so well, and it goes to show that even when you puzzle over a theme it can evolve into a super card and perfect for a 20 year old. x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic card Di, I love the name in scrabble letters.

Sue xx

Mrs A. said...

I’m sure the younger generation are adding 5 yrs to their ages each yr whilst we are busy substracting. Great card using the scrabble pieces. Erm how you going to play the game now though!! Hugs Mrs A.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!!! Len's great-nephew will be amazed! You made him a fabulous Birthday card!! Such great masculine design! Any detail looks just perfect !!

Sandra H said...

Brilliant card for Lens nephew Di and your choice of background papers are ideal you can team it up with almost anything and not need an image the name is sufficient as you have added here x

Elizabeth said...

Fab card, Di. I find cards for men so difficult and usually find I'm totally without inspiration too. The Scrabble letters and the greeting are perfect, as is the paper - I can well imagine the cars would appeal to a 20 year old. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Craftychris said...

What an absolutely cool card! Love the scrabble pieces - what a find in your boxes. Love it! Hugs my friend xxxxxxxx