Today’s card is a masculine card based on the “For The Guys” class- and I will be sending it to my son who is having a birthday next week!  This is a fun card with Geometric shapes, a gold balloon and a gold embossed sentiment hanging from the balloon.


I had previously created the “Let’s Celebrate” strips with Altenew’s Birthday Greetings and cut out a number of balloons from gold foil cardstock using the balloon die that came with that set.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with a detail gold.  I cut them down into matching strips as I would be using 2 for the card.  I prepared the balloons with gold thread tied around the small piece and a bit of glue to hold it in place which could dry while I prepared the rest of the card.
My supplies included the Gentleman’s Gray ink set, purple tape, the stamp set Sohcahtoa and a rubber eraser to prep the stamps since I had not used them before.  I used the grid on my Tim Holtz glass media mat to line up the purple tape for an even strip across my card stock.  I did place and pull up the tape from my jeans to soften the hold.

I then started stamping the various triangle shapes around the bottom of the cardstock, making a point to stamp in odd numbers and different inks for interest.  I then stamped the triangle outlines in Altenew Jet Black ink , in a diverse placement.  For added texture, I stamped the smallest solid triangle in the Jet Black Ink also

I put some double sided adhesive on the back of cardstock matching my card base and cut it into 1/8 inch strips which I taped to the edges of the card where I removed the purple tape.  Using my scoreboard, score lines were added to the top section above the strip in varying sizes (1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 inches).  I stamped the “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment from the Birthday Greetings set in the center off to the right side.  After adhering some fun foam to the back of the panel, I placed it on a GinaKDesigns Moonlit Fog A2 card base.

The last step was using Scor Tape on both sentiment strips and placing it around the balloon thread.  After pressing firmly together, I trimmed up the thread at the bottom and popped the balloon up in the scored area.  The sentiment dangles from the balloon for a bit of action.  (note:  I did try with glue, but it kept pulling apart)

I am very happy with how this card came out.  The limited colors kept it simple and the gold balloon pops on the scored white background.   Happy Birthday Brian on your 37th birthday!

Hugs – Mary Kay

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  1. LOVE that gold balloon!! What a cool card this is! I am sure your son will love it!! I love it!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

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