Hello and happy Thursday Honey Bee friends! I hope your holidays have been full of lots of fun so far! I have to say that I love making Christmas cards so much that I’m always a bit sad when it’s time to move on. However, this masculine winter birthday card I’ve made sure helps with the transition. I needed a birthday card for my nephew and the Winter Bouquet Honey Cuts was perfect to use for his card.
To begin, I die cut the pinecones and several of the leafy branches from the Winter Bouquet Honey Cuts. I used green card stock from my stash for the branches and some brown card stock for the pinecones. I used the Detail Blender Brushes to add some shading on the die cut pieces. The little brushes are perfect for this! I used Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Ink on the greenery. For the pinecones, I used Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso.
I used the tools in the Flower Shaping Essentials Kit to add dimension to the pinecones and branches. If you want them to really hold the shape, very lightly spritz the back of the piece with a water mister before you shape them. For a snowy effect, I diluted some white gouache with water and added splatters on them all with a paint brush. Then I added some gloss white NUVO Crystal Drops to the pinecones and set them aside to dry.
For the card layers, I added a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock to a 5-½” x 4-¼” top-folding A2 card base. I cut a strip of patterned paper from the Home Essentials 6×6 Specialty Cardstock pack to 5-¼” x 1-½” and adhered to towards the bottom of the woodgrain cardstock. I cut a thin strip of the brown cardstock and adhered at the top fo the patterned paper.
Next I arranged the pinecones and branches and adhered them with liquid glue and foam squares. The sentiments are from the Thanks A Bunch set. I stamped the sentiments with Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I used the coordinating “happy” Honey Cut to cut it out and trimmed the “birthday” sentiment with my paper trimmer.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this masculine birthday card and that it has given you some inspiration today. Thank you so much for stopping by today! I wish you all the best in the upcoming new year and lots of fun crafty times. See you next year! Carol