Dapper Dad (Stampin' Up!), Handmade Cards, Masculine, Open Sea (Stampin' Up!)

It’s a Male Birthday Card Bonanza!

Last weekend I spent a very enjoyable few days with friends for an extended stamp club at the delightful Michelle’s place where the hospitality was wonderful (thank you  Clare for the very generous lend of your gorgeous room!) and the crafting was fantastic fun!

Michelle kindly lent me her Open Sea stamp set to play with and this is what I came up with:


My card size is slightly smaller than normal – 10 x 30 folded in half as I basically used a 12 x 12 sheet and cut it into 3.  I actually really like the “handle” of this narrower style card.  I’ve used a combination of Soft Suede, Midnight Must, Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze.  My inspiration was directly taken from the Well Worn DSP which was my starting point.  I love using DSP as my first stop when it comes to deciding on a colour theme – it just seems to me that it is the easiest most sure fire way to colour success!


Look at all the lovely layers! I made 9 of these cards in total – and I am so happy with the results. I think this is a layout I will definitely use again with a different design or two!

In the mode of male, I started work on this card design which I couldn’t finish at the time as my brand new Dapper Dad stamp set was still on it’s way across the country from Stampin’ Up! It arrived a few days ago and I finished this one yesterday:


Guess what my inspiration for this colour scheme was? Yep you guessed it – yet another design from my fast dwindling stash of retired Well Worn DSP.  River Rock, Soft Suede and Early Espresso with Vanilla Vanilla.

Doesn’t the hexagon embossing folder look fantastic on the Early Espresso Textured Card stock?  My hostess Michelle was kind enough to let me borrow this embossing folder and needless to say it went straight onto my Stamp Club order – it is divine!!!

The watch stamp and the birthday sentiment were both embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder and my heat tool.  And I know it is a Male Card Design but I couldn’t resist spraying some E.E. Shimmer Mist at the final stage.  A little subtle shine never hurt anyone.  I just think it makes the card look more expensive.  Word to the wise, Stampin Up are likely to retire their shimmer paint with the passing of this catalogue so stock up if you are addicted like I am!


I hope you enjoyed my projects today – my Male Birthday card stash is certainly looking at lot healthier right now, and these babies will make their way to La La Designs in Leederville later this week so if you are in the neighbourhood, why not go and say hello?

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