Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards

I don't know about you, but I always seems to struggle when it comes to making masculine birthday cards. I'm not sure if it's the lack of masculine themed products that appeal to me or my lack of purchasing masculine themed products, but it's always been something I struggle with. Today, I'm sharing two versions of a slimline masculine birthday card. One is a more detailed, time consuming version and the other is a quick and easy option. Along with the challenge of making a masculine birthday card, time can also be a factor. Sometimes I plan ahead and have time to play and at other times, I'm in a bit of a hurry. Either way, I've got you covered with these slimline masculine birthday cards.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards by Juliana Michaels

To get started, let's take a look at the detailed version.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels

For both cards, I began by stamping multiples of the images from the Tim Holtz Distinguished Stamp Set. If you happen to have the coordinating die set, you can follow the instructions on how to easily die cut and stamp these images here. If you don't own the dies, fussy cutting is always an option.

Once I had a pile of stamped images, I grabbed one of each image and began coloring them with Copic Markers. Feel free to use whatever markers or color medium you prefer and as always, remember to use the right ink and paper for that medium. After I finished coloring each image, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

For the background of the card, I used the Buffalo Check Slimline Die to emboss a piece of white cardstock. Any metal die can be used for embossing if you use it with a Silicone Rubber Cutting Pad. If you are not totally familiar with this technique, I recommend you do a little research to find out the correct sandwich for your particular die cutting machine.

With the paper embossed, I lightly ink blended over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to highlight the embossed design. Next, I layered a few pieces of ephemera and then finished it off with a stamped sentiment using the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set. I then layered everything onto a piece of black cardstock. To add more dimension, I adhered some of the stamped images and the sentiment with double sided foam adhesive.

Slimline Masculine Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels

The second card uses the stamped and die cut images, but I saved a ton of time by not coloring the images. I simply inked the edges with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

To save even more time, I made the background super simple by embossing a piece of black cardstock using the Buffalo Check Slimline Die. I also skipped the inking and the use of ephemera.

To finish off the card, I used double sided foam adhesive to pop up some of the stamped images as I adhered them to the card front. All in all, the second card came together very quickly and still has a great masculine feel to it.

Now, you may be thinking, I don't have the dies and I don't have time for fussy cutting. If this is your situation, here's another option for you. Simply stamp the images onto a piece of white cardstock, allowing the images to overlap if desired. Then all you have to do is fussy cut the sentiment piece and pop it up with a bit of double sided foam adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed these Slimline Masculine Birthday Cards ideas and the options of a more detailed, time consuming version as well as a quick and easy option. Thanks so much for your visit and as always feel free to reach out with any questions or just to say hi!


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  1. OMG Juliana....this is the 1st time i'm leaving a comment.....I just need for you to know That I adore and LOVE your creations. I'm a HUGE Tim Holtz Fan and own lots of his die and ephemera and paper....and I'm so in awe over what you create with everything...and I have clicked on your links to purchase the items I don't own as I wasn't sure what I'd create with them well my sure show brilliant and ingenious ideas to answer my questions so I print out your postings and have them for reference when I use these items. You are so talented and again I'm in Jaw dropping Awe over your creations!! Thanks for all you do and the way you do it as I know it takes loads of time after you're all said and done to get everything together and take photos and your photos are Magnificent. YOU SO ROCK!!

  2. These are WONDERFUL!! What a great idea for a masculine card and the slimline style works perfectly!


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