Sunday, January 15, 2017

Teen Boy BIrthday Cards to Mass Produce

Hello! All the people in my house are males, so I'm always in need of masculine birthday cards for them or their friends. This card is a great candidate for mass production because of how quickly it goes once you have everything set up. Let's take a look!

 Using my MISTI, I stamped the sweater border stamp from Catherine Pooler's Holiday Mittens Set along the entire panel. I never really understood how wonderful the MISTI is until stamping this set of cards. It gave me such joy to know that every single row of knitted stamping was going to be spaced evenly. Without any effort! I just measured the height of the sweater stamp (1/2") and then made sure to move my card down 1/2" every time I stamped. Couldn't be easier!

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler's Spot On (released as part of a Stamp of Approval Box). Happily, a 2" punch is just the right size to cut around the circle stamps! Dies are great, but anything you can do with a punch is so much quicker. Because of that, and because it's a pretty simple card, I went ahead and punched three more circles from my husband's comic book backing boards. They're thicker than the 110 lb paper, but still able to be cut easily (so thinner than chipboard). These are layered behind the sentiment to pop it up.

Wrapped some twine around the card and that was that!

Update: They have multiplied!! This design was so quick to make, I figured I had better make a bunch more of them before I put the supplies away. So that's what I did the next morning. 

The benefit of starting your project again in the morning is that you have a chance to think about potential improvements. This time I made notches in the sides of the card so the twine would be held in place. Since it's stamped on the sides you can't really see the notches unless you're looking for them. The prior cards I had to tape on the inside to hold the twine in place. Not only does that not look as nice, but I'm not sure it's going to hold up. I'll need to revisit those before sending them out!

If you are a Stamp Nation member, feel free to join any or all of the challenges to celebrate their 6th birthday and win some prizes. You have until January 31st. This card is featured in the Lime Rickey Challenge to make a masculine card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Very handsome and beautifully CAS, Kelly. I love these!

  2. These are such fun card Kelly, love the colours!

  3. Fabulous cards for those teenage boys in your life. Great colors, which they will surely appreciate, too. Couldn't live without my MISTI...I can't stamp straight or layer to save my life, lol! Great set of cards, Kelly. Just love them. Bev

  4. oh I love these Kelly. Doesn't the MISTI make our lives easier?! Love the colors.

  5. Makes me wonder how I did things without my Misti, right? These are stunning, Kelly!

  6. You've made great cozy sweaters, Kelly, and I'm sure the men in your life and their friends will love them. I don't often do multiples because I get bored but the Misti makes it so simple I should try it more.

  7. Love those colors, fantastic CAS card set!


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