Men’s mixed media Birthday card

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mens blue mixed media card

I know men are difficult to make a card for. When you don’t want the common football, gardening or car card (which is not everyone’s taste), this blue mixed media card is something different. I made this for my dad. It turned out really well and he really liked it. Result!

As I am in love with circles, I based this design on just that! Also, I have a huge Carabelle Studio stamp of a camera film and grungy textures, so a perfect theme for my dad.

I built up the background by starting with some blue distress inks and water. I used a large acrylic stamping block and dabbed the ink all over. After giving it a few squirts of water, I placed the inky side face-down onto a piece of white card and let it all soak into the paper. I did give it a bit of pressure so the ink could move about. Then, I lifted the block away and flicked some of the remaining ink onto the card. This creates a different texture and as the ink dries, you get cute little cells of colour!

There was still some ink left over, so I die-cut a circle and pressed it onto the block to soak up the colour. This would become the background for my ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment…

mens blue mixed media card

The next step of my background was to add more more textures. I have an array of texture stamps and stencils; from paint splats to grungy circles. Then I layered them up with the same blue inks and some black distress ink.

For the embellishments, I took a few chipboard circles and glued some co-ordinating card onto them. After drying (which didn’t take too long), I carefully cut the excess card away and used a sand block to lightly sand the edges. Doing this gives it a smooth finish and prevents any edges lifting.

mens blue mixed media card

To finish, I stamped the sentiment, stuck down two different co-ordinating ribbons and layered the embellishments. I used some collal 3D glue so I could give some height to the focus of the card.

Making this card has given me more confidence and inspiration to create more men’s cards in the future! As you can guess, I have been challenging myself to push past the idea of what men’s cards should be. Why not give a piece of your creativity and use the techniques you know?!

Thank you for stopping by (sending crafty love) x