Have a Manly Birthday!

Today is my husband’s birthday!  I made him a special birthday card using colors similar to the logo I designed for his company, Jake of All Trades (and a perpetual thanks goes out to my cousin Mandy who turned my illustration into a digital logo). Jake is a general contractor and after stamping the images, I thought it would be funny to say, “Happy Birthday to a Real Tool!” but that wouldn’t be very nice.  I can’t put stereotypical tools, dogs, or fishing tackle boxes on every masculine card I make, but this theme seemed appropriate for the recipient.

I know I should have stamped the sentiment instead of written it, but I don’t have stamp letters that small.  Plus, it was 1:00 a.m. and who thinks clearly at that time of the morning?  OK, maybe you, but I don’t.

Masculine Birthday Card with Tools

Masculine Birthday Card with Tools

I punched out this paper heart {one might say I punched my heart out}, then stamped and embellished it.

I Heart You - I Just Do!

I Heart You - I Just Do!

Then I punched out a little folder and attached it inside the card with the folded heart inside.  I had stamped my favorite birthday cake stamp inside the card and then realized it has a flower on it.  That’s not OK for a masculine card with tools on it, so I covered it up with some Square Stax.

Folder with a Folded Heart Inside

Folder with a Folded Heart Inside

Supplies Used:

CTMH “Tool Time” My Acrylics stamps / Dew Drop VersaMagic “Tea Leaves” Chalk Ink /Scotch puffy tape / Chocolate ZIG Writer marker / Copper or brass colored brads / Stampin’ Up! Large heart punch / McGill mini file folder punch / Red printer paper from Wal-Mart / Dark green cardstock from JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts / Provo Craft Wood Grain paper / Square Stax Cardstock / Conqueror Diamond White 118.3# cardstock


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