Sunday, 10 August 2014

Masculine birthday card

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a good weekend. We went to a lovely wedding yesterday and the weather stayed pleasant for the whole day. We were ferried by vintage buses from the church to the reception venue and given snack packs of sparkling wine and pretzels to sustain us on the short journey. It was such fun going on one of the old buses again and passers by were obviously pleased to see them too, because we had lots of people waving to us. I was tempted to sing 'We're all going on a summer holiday' but luckily I hadn't had enough to drink so I restrained myself!

I'm slowly catching up with the Online Card Class 'Stretch your Stamps 2 and for day 2 we were asked to use background stamps again. I chose to try the perfect pearls technique and came up with this card which will be for my DH's birthday next month. I'm not very good at masculine cards but I was pleased with how this one came out and it is so apt for him because he is frequently to be found sitting around reading with a cup of tea, and I always pop a new book in with his present.

I stamped the My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background stamp onto a panel of brown card with Versamark ink and brushed on 4 different colours of Perfect Pearls before buffing it with a clean brush. I cut a hole in the panel with the Papertrey Ink larger Mat Stack 3 die and also cut some rustic cream card with the smaller mat stack die. I stamped the die cut with the leafy stamp from The Mat Stack 3 Collection, and Versamark ink before adding green and copper Perfect Pearls. I added one of  the images from All Booked Up which also had the Perfect Pearls treatment and I cut it with a circle punch and popped it on with foam tape to add a little dimension. A sentiment from the same set finished it off. I love the glow that the copper and green Perfect Pearls give - it really adds to the cosy image and will be perfect for his birthday that comes at the beginning of autumn.

What I learned

I tiny amount of Perfect Pearls goes a long way.

After applying  the Perfect Pearls it is good to buff it with a clean brush to remove the excess powder and burnish on the shine.

Perfect Pearls look great on dark card, but I was surprised by how lovely they look on the cream panel.

I really need to step out of my comfort zone and try some more masculine cards.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Stamplorations - use stamps and die cut.

Kitty Bee Challenges - masculine birthday.

Stamping Royalty - use a background stamp.

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge - in the family for my husband

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


  1. Wow Carol, what a fab card for a book worm!! Love the design of this and you have actually inspired me to get out my array of perfect pearls that haven't seen daylight for years!! Sounds like the wedding was lovely xx

  2. This is stunning Carol! love everything about it and like Sarah I haven't used my perfect pearls in ages LOL will have to get them out now:) lots of huggles Sue xxx

  3. Wonderful masculine card. I would never think to use Perfect Pearls on a male card, only because of the pearls in the name, but you have shown me the error of my ways. Happy birthday to your DH.

  4. Oh, I like the woodgrain with the Perfect Pearls. Very luxe. I would never have thought to do that.

  5. Wow, love this card! Love that image & the sentiment for me is oh, so true!
    hugs Jo x

  6. Hi Carol - think I met your lovely friend last week at my craft fair! I've rather forgotten this PTI set and I remember being so delighted with it when it first arrived. The images and sentiments are beautiful -I really must make use of it again. Love this card - just right for any avid reader.

  7. This masculine card for your reader hubby is awesome. I always love copper and it really is so manly.

  8. Stunning male card...just blog hopping...Joolsx

  9. Such a great masculine card! Love the beautiful colors and sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  10. Really Great Male card.Thanks for playing along with STAMPlorations.

  11. Love the perfect pearls wood background! Gorgeous work. Thanks for playing with us at Kitty Bee Designs.

  12. love all the shimmer to this! thanks for joining us this time at kitty bee designs!

  13. Awesome masculine card - Thanks for joining in with STAMPlorations~

  14. So fabulous with the Perfect Pearls, Carol. Thanks much for joining us at STAMPlorations this month.


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Carol x


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