Friday 23 September 2022

Happy Birthday Joe, at 17

Len's great-nephew (he has four of them) has just turned 17. I almost forgot his Birthday, which was on the day of our Queen's funeral, and in fact had even forgotten I made and asked Len to post this card in the 10 days of public mourning. However, goodness knows how, it turns out I did remember to take a photo, which I found on my camera just the other day:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- a piece of dark blue shimmery card, found lying on my desk in 'the pile' waiting to be popped into the snippets folder. Trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller than the card base all round then stuck onto the card front

- then I dug out a new paper pad from one of my NBUS baskets on a shelf behind where I sit to craft (for me it's the best way to ensure I use new things and don't just file them away to be forgotten)

- the paper pad is really gorgeous and was bought with the red tartan in mind for some Christmas cards I have planned - however, this blue tartan/plaid was perfect for my needs

- the paper pad is called 'Tartan' , made by Craft Consortium, a UK Company - the darker colours are so perfect for male cards

- trimmed the tartan paper from all sides to look as balanced as possible and then added a three quarters of an inch or so strip of plain dark blue shimmery card in place across the card - before trimming the sides off

- glued the tartan panel to the front of the card, with the outer dark blue framing it

- then stamped a sentiment using an ancient Lili of the Valley stamp and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink - I could have dug around the ink pads for a Navy Blue but I was basically almost running on 'empty' at that point in time

- I'd used a scrap of white card the same as the card base to stamp the sentiment on and then punched it out using a SU round punch - one and one eighth of an inch in diameter I think- and stuck it in place using a piece of very thin sticky pad

One super fast and simple card - made thanks to a video of very similar 'male cards' I'd spotted online, but can't find again, as so often happens.

So there we go - almost back in the saddle, I hope!


  1. Perfect masculine card. Fab paper and very CAS. Love it. Xxx

  2. Tartan always does it for male cards I think and this is a great CAS one

  3. A wonderful masculine card Di. I too have an NBUS basket behind me in the craft room and it's shocking how full it is! x

    1. Oh Lynne. I have two NBUS baskets - one for normal goodies and one for Christmas, And both are shockingly full!! xx

  4. Perfect card for a young man. Blue just happens to be my favorite color too. Love your card Di.

  5. A so beautiful male card, the blue tartan/plaid paper is lovely!

  6. A striking card Di - and great for a teen's birthday - well done

  7. l love this card Di love the tartan background x

  8. This blue tartan is perfect for a masculine card and as you say simple but very effective and layered on to the blue and with the circular sentiment just perfect Di. x


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