Happy Birthday, Guy!

I’m up to my old tricks today – my card features a favorite background technique and a much-used halo of vellum. The mix of the two makes me so happy as I use two favorites from Stampin’ Up!’s (still new) January – June 2021 Mini Catalog. This card is also perfectly stylish and fun to celebrate you favorite guy’s birthday. Here’s my card:

You Are Amazing, Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King, guy birthday card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Build-a-Chevron. My card features five strips of one diagonally-striped pattern from the Well Dressed Designer Series Paper to create an entirely new pattern on the front of my card. This is one of my favorite techniques to play with when I find a bold, diagonal stripe I love. I want to talk you through how I did this, but first let’s look at the paper I used. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the guy-friendly and oh-so-fashionable Well Dressed Designer Series Paper: Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 154562Here’s a look at the page I used for my card (you can click on the image below to flip through all of the pages in this pack of papers): Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 154562I cut 1″ strips from this 12″ page – 2 strips off one side of the page (top-to-bottom as shown above) and then 1 strip off another (left-to-right as shows above). This created diagonals that move in different directions. Because the pattern is so consistent (thick Night of Navy, thin Cajun Craze, super-thin white, thin Cajun Craze, thick Night of Navy…) I knew the patterns would line up perfectly. I glued the strips to a panel of Basic White cardstock and trimmed the sides and top to measure 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. I mounted that panel on a piece of Thick Basic White that measures 4-5/8″ x 3-3/8″. It was just the right amount of pattern for the front of my card!
  • You Are Amazing – No, Really, You Are. If you flipped right past the kits at the front of the January – June 2021 Mini Catalog, then you missed one of my favorite stamp sets in this catalog. While it coordinates with the You Are Amazing Project Kit, it’s sold separately (and works perfectly outside of the kit). Here’s a look at the super-fun sentiments in the You Are Amazing stamp set: You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, 154534This stylish “Happy Birthday” is perfect for a guy card, but it’s also perfect with this fashion-themed paper. I stamped the sentiment with Night of Navy ink and cropped it with an oval Stitched Shapes Die. I cropped a larger oval from Vellum Cardstock with the same set of dies and attached the sentiment to the vellum oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I placed another layer of Stampin’ Dimensionals on the vellum layer (lined up with the first set of Stampin’ Dimensionals) and attached that to the patterned card panel. Here’s a closer look at both the vellum layer and the chevron pattern: You Are Amazing, Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King, guy birthday card
  • Crisp Color Combination. Let’s not fool ourselves – everything looks great with Night of Navy, right? This pattern, with bold Night of Navy and Cajun Craze stripes and a pinstripe of Basic White, makes me so happy! It’s so sophisticated but still has some fun color for a beautiful card you can give to any guy in your life. If you like this mix of Basic White, Cajun Craze and Night of Navy as much as I do, I hope you will save this for future reference: Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Basic White, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy

Stamp Sets: You Are Amazing  Papers: Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Thick Basic White, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: Night of Navy  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies (ovals), Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think?There are several great papers in this new catalog that feature great stripes that I can maneuver into a chevron pattern – don’t think you won’t see it again before this catalog is done. 🙂

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  1. Ooooh, yes you ARE , but I love it my friend ,Tfs
    Hugs Frenchie, hello to everyone, and stay well ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  2. I do not recall seeing this paper technique before. It is brilliant. This card is perfect – the sentiment, the stamp, – all of it and I love it.

  3. Thanks for the tips on how you cut the striped paper to make this very handsome masculine card. I love the font of the sentiment with the extra layer of vellum, so creative. Enjoy your day!

  4. You AMAZE me my friend. So many fun tips……And a card that lines right up with those hard to create guy cards. THANKS!

  5. Love the chevron technique; perfection with this DSP. Super design all around—the sentiment set off by the vellum is the crowning touch. Home run, again!

  6. Truly a class act. I love the touch of vellum.

  7. Brian, you always do such a great job highlighting sentiments! Love your paper piecing, it’s definitely a very stylish card!

  8. Great idea with the stripes! Perfect masculine card.

  9. I don’t even know what to say about this card Brian. It just blew me away.
    Since I am a visual learner who has used up lots of paper trying to make chevrons, I am always amazed when I see what you do. This card couldn’t be any more perfect. I just love it and I love the masculine feel of it. Fantastic job as always.

  10. You are a DSP wizard! This is fabulous!

  11. This card is amazing! I loved that DSP from the time I saw it and you turned up the volume with this card. You definitely are a DSP wizard!

  12. Love this card! So crisp and clean. And the paper technique is awesome! I’ve never seen it before! Definitely going to try it.

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