Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wintertime Masculine Birthday Card

How a kitty catches snowflakes on his tongue.  :)  Such sweet, fat wintertime kitties!!

Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my second card of the day.  This time I have a wintery masculine birthday card that I made while I still had my snowy backgrounds handy. This one uses a dry embossed background, but I have it reversed so the "debossed" side of the Darice - Snowflakes and Flourishes on blue cardstock shows. I also used the snowflake folder from my Darice - Seasonal Border 3-pack on a scrap of vellum and then double embossed it by brayering with Versamark and heat embossing with white powder. I folded the vellum around the background and secured it on the back of that panel.

I covered one edge of the vellum with a narrow strip of metallic silver foiled cardstock from my DCWV - Foiled stack for a bit of masculine gleam. The sentiment is from my Mark's Finest Papers - Silly Shells stamp set. I stamped it with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and heat embossed with clear powder on a scrap of white cardstock. I finished off the card by mounting it on a white card base with metallic silver photo corners. The light is reflecting in some strange ways on all the metallic parts, but they really are silver-toned. :)

Hope you like this card! Thank you for the wonderful comments you always leave when you visit. They make my day!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DRS Designs Challenge #211 - Sparkle and Shine
2. MAWTT Challenge #12 - Embossing (Wet or Dry)
3. Little Red Wagon Challenge #326 - They Say It's Your Birthday
4. Double D Challenge - Brrrrr!!! Photo Inspiration  (I was inspired by the falling snow!)

5. Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Snow/Snowmen
6. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
7. Addicted to Stamps Challenge #118 - Masculine
8. Twofers Challenge #12 - Metal Heavy or Not
9. One Stitch at a Time Challenge - Tic Tac Toe  (I chose lots of blue, own background, and metal)

10. Amusing Challenge - Shades of Blue
11. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #213 - Use Snippets


  1. Love you two snowy cats, but then you know that the Twofers team are all cat mad! I love the play with embossing here and all the texture you have created. the debossed background looks very smart and overall you have brilliant masculine card. Thank you for adding Twofers to your list of challenges entered. XOXO Zoe

  2. Janis, this is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the gorgeous layout, the fun textures, and the addition of the photo corners--it really makes this feel more elegant and finished! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  3. Like Zoe, I found it hard to scroll on past the gorgeous cats photo! I love all the different textures going on on your card, and I find metallic finished hard to photograph too. Thanks for sharing at Twofers

  4. This is a wonderful card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT this time, xxxx

  5. What a great card for this time of year! Has a frosty feel and the corner pieces are so perfect! Love this card. Thanks for playing with us again in the DRS Designs Challenge, Janis!!! I have missed seeing your cards and wonderful Kitty pictures. Hugz

  6. Very pretty card..the snowflakes are beautiful! Thank you for joining our 'Brrr' challenge at Double D.
    Diane DD DT

  7. OH WOW very cool idea ... looks awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Double D Challenges! We hope you’ll come back often.


  8. Like the heat embossed snowflakes on the vellum. Like your kitties. My dog Daisy likes the snow. We had snow here in central TX Jan last yr 2015 but none this yr so far. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  9. A lovely birthday card!

    Thank you for participating in the OSAAT "Anything Goes with Tic Tac Toe" Challenge!

  10. Gosh - this really is so beautiful Janis! Love it!


    Di xx

  11. Great card! Wonderful embossing. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  12. What a terrific card the winter b day for man it is perfect.Lis

  13. Awww, those kitties are so sweet! Beautiful winter card with the brilliant blue base. Thanks so much for sharing in our Double D Brrrr Challenge!

  14. Sweet kitties :) I love your card! The dark blue with the embossed vellum is really beautiful :)

  15. Great card Janis. Love the embossing on vellum.
    Thank you for joining the challenge from Addicted To Stamps Challengeblog.
    Greetings Miranda (dt-ATSC)

  16. Great idea. Embossed vellum looks very pretty.
    Thank you for sharing your project with all of us at House of Cards January Challenge: Color or Embossing

    Katarzyna Ewa

    my blog
    DT House of Cards

  17. What an elegant and seasonal birthday card - love it! Thanks so much for playing along with this week's Amusing Challenge!  I look forward to you joining us again this next week.  :)

  18. Beautiful, elegant, classical and perfect for a male. Another gorgeous entry from you. Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us at House of Cards and I hope we see you again for our new challenge Karen P DT HOC

  19. Awww, those fluffy little winter kitties look as cozy as a fur muff!
    Your card combines two of my favorite and silver, so you know I love it! I especially like the way you used the debossed side of your background, and then double-embossed the snowflake strip. Embossed vellum is usually so subtle, so the heat embossing really makes the pattern pop!!! Elegant and beautiful.


THANK YOU so much for taking the time to leave a comment. Your kind words encourage me so very much!!!

Have a lovely day!