Monday 18 January 2016

teenage friends

Hello there my blog friends. I am sure most of you struggle with male cards like I do and then add teenage years to the mix and I just end up banging my head against the wall hoping for some inspiration.
Luckily i found the inspiration while putting away some old birthday cards in a box to put in the attic.

So 2 of my son's friends have their birthdays within 4 days of each other. As they will not meet, I thought it was safe to use the same design for both.

Stamps: Mechanics,Ink splats, sheet music - all from IndigoBlu
Inks: Archival- hydrangea, forget me not,dandelion, orange blossom and red                           geranium
         Distress - old paper
Dies: guitar from tonic, sentiment and stars from Tim Holtz selections
         numbers cut on slice using vintage sd card
Black wink of stella

I folded an A4 piece of white card in half and opened it up again. I did all the stamping on the inside. I started with the mechanics die and then radiated various splats from it. I used all 5 inks on the stamps overlapping them to give an ombre effect.

I then went round the outside edges with the long ink splat. I stamped a bit of the mechanics on both the right corners so the images kind of continued through.

I then stamped the sheet music after I had blotted it (second generation ink). I just wanted a little faded something just to break the starkness of the white.

I diecut all the elements out of black card. Birthday is made up from different words as I didn't have it. I think I used bright and everyday.
I stuck them down as shown. Before sticking down number I wanted to make sure that when I folded back the card, it would overlap.

I then stuck it and cut around from fold it a craft knife leaving a narrow edge. I went around cut edge and all outside edges of card with a black sharpie pen.

Finally I went round with the black wink adding some sparkle. Now in real life this really twinkles abut it is hard to capture on photos.

The second card is more or less the same apart from number and a couple of other stamps I used.

The melody and sentiment are from Claritystamp. I stamped them in black archival and also embossed the happy birthday with crystal embossing powder.

I also added a couple of gold mirri stars.

So which one do you prefer? please do tell. I am biased as I made both.




I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

IndigoBlu blog challenge - all that sparkles
Simon says stamp Monday challenge - best friends
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - ombre



  1. Fantastic masculine cards Theresa and ideal for two teenagers. I love the colours and the folded back card front too. Don't think I can choose which I like best as they are both great!! x

  2. Perfect cards for teenagers, love the mix of images and colours.
    Thank you for joining us at the IndigoBlu challenge x

  3. Hi Theresa, This card is really good - I'm totally impressed by how you made a card suitable for a teenage boy!!! My favourite colours too! Good luck and thanks for taking part!
    Maxine (IndigoBlu Blog Challenge Team)

  4. WOW! This is an amazing design for a teenager! Wanted to say biggest congrats on your cool score at IndigoBlu! What a fabulous prize, hope you'll really enjoy it! This card is just amazing!

  5. hello Theresa! a wonderful card, fabulous design! I am thrilled you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  6. Yep! Deffo struggle with Teenager cards, this is fantastic and perfect xx Zoe xx

  7. Great design, perfect for a teenager. Love the bright colors. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  8. Can't choose both look fab. Congrats on the IB challenge too x