Oct 20 2014

Masculine Happy Birthday – by Sharon Johnson

Our posts in pink related to Breast Cancer Awareness will pop up each morning this week, but evenings are game for anything! This evening I have a birthday card that I made for our oldest son. He is a mechanical engineer so I thought a theme of gears all working together would be appropriate. The layout is very simple, with all the interest coming from the gears. I used a 3D embossing folder by Spellbinders embossing copper foil for the base layer, with die cut gears layered on top. It was an easy and fun card to make and I do think it looks masculine, and that was my hope, so I’m pleased! Take a look:


Simple layout and lots of gears. A fun guy card!

This card is 6.5 x 4.5″

I embossed the full sheet of copper, but then cut and only used 1/2 of it. I have 1/2 of the embossed copper gears left for another project.

Paper: Spellbinders Craft Foil – Precious Metals (for the embossed layer)

Core’dinations ColorCore Signature Graphic 45 Lights (teal and peach)

Core’dinations Heavyweight Smooth Cardstock (white)


I sanded the copper embossed gears with steel wool.

The cardstock die cut gears are layered with 3L 3D Foam Squares.

The center copper “brad” is actually a pearl that I coated with VersaMark and copper embossed to match everything.

Embossing Folder: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities – Creative Cogs

Dies: Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets, Long Classic Rectangles LG (sentiment)

Embellishments: Melissa Frances Pearls – Pearl (I used the largest)

Tim Holtz Memo Pins – LOVE THESE – 3 colors in one package – I used the copper

Adhesives: Scor Tape, Tape Runner, 3L 3D Foam Squares


Here’s the inside. The same stamp set was used for the outside and inside. It’s a set I rely on often for masculine cards.

Stamps: DAD by Our Daily Bread Design

Find other stamps by ODBD here.

Find all Christian themed stamps here.

Find other masculine theme products here.

Ink: VersaMark Watermark InkCopper Embossing Powder


And here’s the card in an A6 Clear Box, ready to go.

The Clear Boxes totally protect your cards with dimension or bows, plus they make a wonderful gift presentation.

All items available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked.


 And that’s it for this evening. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping in. We’ll be back each morning this week with a card (pretty in pink) in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hope you can join us each morning.

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One Response to “Masculine Happy Birthday – by Sharon Johnson”

  1. Susan says:

    Masculine cards are somewhat difficult but this is fantastic. Love the colors and the gears.

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