Soccer-themed Birthday Card

What birthday card to make for that soccer-loving friend or relative? How about a soccer-themed card, decorated with a custom-printed birthday wish, a Johan Cruijff tag and a wooden letter ‘K’ for his first name. With Stickles, of course.

This time the video contains a super short overview. More details in the pictures below ūüôā

 

The 14 rules of Johan Cruijff

 

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Man About Town – a New ‘Sturdio’ Album

A short while ago I designed a new kind of¬†folio album, with accordion style page sets and very sturdy cover parts – hence the new name I coined: a¬†sturdio album¬†ūüôā

At the time I was¬†in the Zone¬†designing & creating, so I wasn’t able to write a tutorial. But I promised you I would, and now I have! So here is the second iteration of my¬†sturdio album¬†design, created with¬†Graphic 45’s A Proper Gentleman¬†collection. It’s a little bit larger, but it has the same page design as the original. You can find the tutorial in my Etsy shop.

This one was especially created for my dearest friend Christa, who wanted to have a very special album to keep her favorite pictures of her beloved husband.

So, without further ado, here’s Man About Town, a¬†sturdio¬†album.

 

 

Free Tutorial: Vellum Card in Black & White

Today I’m happy to share a tutorial with you all, of a sophisticated birthday card designed for a man. It’ll be great fun to make for all of you who, like me, don’t like to use any¬†fluff¬†when creating something for a guy. I always like to keep it clean and stylishly simple, and this time I’ve created the cleanest and simplest one yet of all of my¬†projects for guys.¬†ūüôā

First, you can watch the show & tell video to see every detail of the card. And if you’d like to create one yourself, simply read on after watching the video for there is a¬†free¬†photo tutorial below, for your convenience.

Enjoy the video, and have fun creating!

Tutorial

Check out How to Make an Elegantly Simple Vellum Card for a Guy by Katja’s Craft on Snapguide.

 

If you have any questions, just let me know!

 

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Birthday Card for a Golf Player

A so-called tri-shutter card is easy to make and almost always generates amazed and admiring responses. You can create them at different sizes and shapes (i.e. rectangular or square), simply by playing around with both the horizontal and vertical measurements of your cardstock.

I created different Christmas versions in the past, with the square (when folded closed) Holly Jolly cards and the smaller, rectangular Caramel Christmas versions.

Today I’m sharing a third variation: a birthday card for a golf player, using¬†a Proper Gentleman¬†paper by¬†Graphic 45.

I fussy-cut an actual golf player from the paper and glued it to the left front panel, making sure the glof club was sticking out.

I also die-cut and embossed the first letter of the name of the guy to whom I was going to send it. I lightly went over it with some distress ink, to highlight the embossed parts.

I always use a light color for the central panel, to be able to write or stamp a message. In this case: Congratulations in Dutch.

When creating a card or other project for a guy, I always keep the embellishments at a minimum. No fuss for a man! ūüôā

Sometimes it’s difficult to establish whether the male recipient of your card genuinely likes it for its own merits – for though he may truly appreciate and enjoy the gesture, he might still feel neutral at best about the esthetics of your work. Nevertheless, in this case I think the¬†colleague who received this particular card actually deemed it¬†quite likeable ūüôā

So, hope you feel inspired for your first new cards in 2016. As I said this design is very easy to make. If you’d like to try it but don’t know how, check out my free video tutorial!

Next week’s¬†video: Boxing Days – A chipboard¬†storage or gift box to create yourself!

 

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Personalized Treasure Chest for a Man

Little boxes and chests are great gifts for guys, for you can alter them any way you like to give them a masculine look & feel. Some time¬†ago I altered a little chest with the¬†Craftsman¬†paper collection by¬†Prima Marketing.¬†Today I’m showing you the same basic chest – looking completely different!

This time I used¬†Cold Country¬†papers by¬†7 Dots Studio, a gorgeous collection in cool gray, black and violet tones.¬†I stamped a sentiment onto the top tag and adhered a photo of our team to the other side – for this was a Goodbye & Thank You gift for our (now former) boss. I also diecut his initials and stamped them with tiny ‘Bedankt’ sentiments – which is Dutch for Thank you.

Like with the Craftsman edition, I also included a refrigerator magnet Рneatly kept in place by the magnetized right side of the box. This time it said Thank You So Much.

The ‘real’ present was a group gift: as a group we added a gift card, which fit neatly into this mini chest.

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