Saturday, 6 April 2013

80th Birthday Card

This is my second post today.  Scroll down to see the birthday card I made for my little niece.

My dad is turning 80 next week - and a young-looking 80 he is!  Many years ago he came to pick me up after school one day and one of my friends asked if he was my brother!  At that time, I would have been about 12 and he would have been in his 40's!  I can only hope I age as well as my parents!

The card I made for him uses The Open Sea and I've used a few challenges - the sketch challenge at Paper Craft Crew Challenges; the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink, which I interpreted as neutrals with a little pop of color; and the Creative Crew challenge to make a masculine card - preferably using a non-masculine set.  Well, I made the masculine card, but I used a pretty masculine set to make it, so maybe I only get half a point for this one LOL.

I used Nautical Expedition DSP, distressed and sponged with Crumb Cake ink then layered onto Early Espresso cardstock, which was also distressed and sponged.

I inked up the ship using markers, then after stamping, I masked the ship and stamped the globe in Crumb Cake ink.  I also distressed and sponged this layer.  The "80" was die cut and sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Linen thread; neutrals brads and a Naturals Designer Button finish of the card.

Thanks for looking.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamps:  The Open Sea
Cardstock:  Early Espresso; Very Vanilla; Cherry Cobbler; Nautical Expedition DSP
Ink:  Crumb Cake; Early Espresso; Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Linen Thread; Naturals Designer Button; Neutrals Brads; Timeless Type Sizzlets; Sponge; Distressing Tool

Edited to Add:  This card was chosen as a Featured Artisan card at Paper Craft Crew this week.



Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Karren, I love this masculine card with one of my "go to" male sets. No doubt your Dad will love it. Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this week at the Paper Craft Crew. Carolyn x

Debi said...

what a great 80th birthday card, love the layers, Debi x

Darnell said...

Stop the presses! Where's my pinner?! Karren, this is magical. I have the Open Sea and have sort of been collecting inspiration ideas and your card just went to the top! I've got to find a napkin to wipe up the drool!!

Happy Birthday to your young father!!

Kitty A. said...

Lots of beautiful cards and inspiration on your blog. I really like your style. TFS

Christine Blain said...

FABULOUS card for your Dad, Karren! I love how you distressed the background paper; never was sure what to do with that piece with the larger patterns on! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

Nikki Spencer said...

Lovely use of all the patterns and texture Karen. A really great masculine card, l'm sure your Dad will appreciate it. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink.

Kim said...

Fantastic card! I love this stamp set and its still on my wish list! Thank you for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

Anonymous said...

I agree - Fantastic Card - I love the layout and way you have embellished the card. Perfect for your Dad. Chantell JAI

2amscrapper said...

wonderfully masculine and great layering

Pam said...

Karren, Gorgeous card! Love the distressing and layers. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Craft Crew and we look forward to having you play along with our future sketches. Also, wanted to let you know that you are one of our featured artisans for Sketch Challenge #36! Congratulations and you can grab a blog badge from our featured artisan blog post at