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Art With Heart Team Blog Hop: Celebrations Theme

Hello and welcome to our team blog hop.  We're a friendly gaggle of ladies from all over Australia and we'd love to take you on a blog hop on the first Saturday of each month.  This month the theme is Celebrations and you'll find heaps of inspiration for a wide range of  'celebration worthy' events.

Previous Blog Hop Stop:

You may have arrived here from Judy May's beautiful project, or perhaps you are starting from here.  Let's get hopping!

Masculine 50th Birthday Card:

We're off soon to help one of John's basketball buddies celebrate his 50th birthday so I thought a masculine birthday celebration card would be perfect for my blog hop project. 

It is a dress up, black tie, James Bond themed party so I decided to opt for a grey, silver and black colour scheme with a touch of sparkle for a special occasion.

Here's what I came up with.


A few details:

The base card is Basic Gray and I've chopped about 5cm off the bottom of an A4 sheet and used the rest so it is a larger than usual card.

The patterned paper is from Urban Oasis (pg 135.) I love this pack and it has some great patterns for masculine cards. 

The silver cardstock is from the Brushed Metallics pack (pg 130) and adds a nice sheen. 

I've matted the grey and DSP with Basic Black for some definition.  Some Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon coordinated well.  Makes it so easy when your supplies all match doesn't it.

Had the idea in mind to use stars so I punched out a few but it looked a little flat. 


So I grabbed out my crimper (pg 155) and that added a nice touch of texture.  I've used the large and small star punch.  (I crimped first then punched.)


When you punch shapes from Designer Series Patterned Paper you can sometimes see white edges so I like to grab a sponge dauber out and sponge the edges.


Now a celebration needs a bit of sparkle I thought so I ran my Two Way Glue Pen (pg154) around some of my large stars and gave them a dip in a pile of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (pg 145.)

50th glitter


I used my Big Shot and Timeless Type Alphabet Dies (Mini pg 10) to cut the numbers - one set in silver and one set in black.   Then I glued them together with Tombow Adhesive so that the black formed a shadow.  Gave the numbers a little more definition that way.

50th numbers

Last step was just to layer the stars.  I used a mix of Stampin' Dimensionals and Glue Dots (pg154) for some varied heights.


Happy 50th Al!  

Blog Hop Details:

Our blog hop this month has 11 stops.  Hmmm - what do you think, a one cuppa blog hop or perhaps two if you browse slowly or drink quickly!?    There's a blog candy draw (non demonstrators eligible for prize) who leave a comment at each stop before Tuesday morning 6am.  Email Nikki at nikki@inkyart.com.au to let her know and she'll put your name in the hat.  

Next Blog Hop Stop:

And now it is time to say goodbye to me and head off to the blog of the gorgeous and talented Nikki Sadler.    Au revoir! 

Cheers, Sue



Love your starry creation Sue you are so clever you have made me want to buy some Basic Gray card, perfect for men who dont like the flowery creations I tend to focus on.
And thank you so very much for adding me to your blog roll you are so sweet :) Carolyn :)

Christine R

I agree with Dianne that i struggle to do male cards. I tend to create girly things. This is a wonderful card that can easily be adapted to any adult age.


I always struggle making cards for men, what a great idea! I love the stars, they really make it stand out!

Christine H

Fabulous Sue. So much better than any bought card. Love it!

Babe O'Mara

I have a hard time with male cards. Glad you glitzed it up with the stars!!! Nice!!


Judy May

Sue, what a great card for that special male birthday. Goes perfectly with the theme too. Love the idea for the shadow on the numbers.

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

We all struggle with male cards, but you have done a fantastic job with the stars and different textures. Enjoy the party!

Anne-Marie Stephanides

I love this card Sue! Fantastic! I don't know a guy that wouldn't love it!

Alisha Watson

Sue, the card is fantastic. I love what you have done with the stars.

Dianne Dunk

Love it Sue. Thanks for a MALE card. I always find it so hard to do something masculine. I can see some ideas forming in my head....... Gorgeous project as usual.

Genna Gifford

Wow Sue - we don't see enough of that lovely silver cardstock. It looks fantastic!

Natalie Brotherston

Thank you for the male card Sue!

Christine Blain

Sue, this is great! I agree, the crimper did the trick perfectly to add texture. I really LOVE how you 'shadowed' the numbers - that looks fantastic. As always, I enjoyed your step-by-step 'tutorial'!

Tina G

Great card Sue! The stars look fantastic and very textural. An awesome way to add interest to the card.

Claire Daly

Loving those stars as well Sue - great to see some male cards. This is a really special one.

Donna Zammit

WOW Sue this is awesome. What a great blokes card, colours, theme, style. I especially love your step by step guide in how you created the card and your thought process that accompanied your creation....an inside peak into the mind of a stampaholic. LOL TFS. Cheers Donna Zammit

Tanja Westwood

That is clever Sue. I love this male card, especially the colours you have used


This is a brilliant card - I am about to make a card for my brother-in-law - I feel a case coming on! Love the colour combination Sue.

Sharnee Torrents

I too love those stars! The effort you've gone to is unreal!! Love all that sparkle!
Smiles Sharnee :0)

Rachel Jackson

WOW, amazing, love the stars.

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