Beautiful Ride…. Man’s birthday card

Stampin' Up! UK Beautiful Ride mans birthday card

I think most of us struggle to make cards for the men in our lives, I do have a plan for this – I have a class featuring men’s card ideas coming up in April, and am planning for a couple of ‘mens cards weeks’ coming too! But, I think Stampin’ Up! are making it easier and easier for us to make wonderful cards for men!

Stampin' Up! UK Beautiful Ride mans birthday card

I made this card with a man in mind, one of my best friends husbands – who is car mad! To be honest, he’s a mini fan, so really I’m failing on this one. But I have made him cards with mini’s on for the past few years but Stampin’ Up! don’t make a mini stamp! So, a bug it is, and I’m sticking with it! It’s in the right colour, who cares about the car, right?! (ok, so maybe the actual car is important, but I’m a woman – and a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – so colour is much more important!)

Stampin' Up! UK Beautiful Ride

This particular car can be found in the Beautiful Ride stamp set in this years Spring Summer Catalogue. It comes with some great sentiments for house moves, congratulations and wedding, but I wanted Birthday – so I turned to a trusty friend (Crazy About You) for the Happy Birthday.

The Car is coloured with a blender pen and Pacific Point, with Basic Black for the tyres and Pool Party for the windows. You have to be careful when using a Blender Pen (which I haven’t been here!) to avoid streaky lines (which I quite like!) and piling of the card stock. Piling is where the card becomes all sort of bobbly, and it happens when it gets too wet. The trick is to pick up lots of ink on your Blender Pen and to work quickly. I find that using a Blender Pen on Vellum is much easier (a technique I MUST do again soon!) but I didn’t want soft vellum on a mans card!

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To finish this one I painted a swish of Smoky Slate, and added 5 sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

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