Gel Printing / Creating Masculine Cards

Is it just me or all card-makers struggle when you have to create masculine cards? I love flowers and love adding flowers on cards but when it comes to creating cards for men, it is always a challenge. Today I am sharing three masculine cards I created using one sheet of gel print. I have so many birthdays in April and most of them are men/ boys. So I needed a bunch of masculine birthday cards.

The other day my I had a fun crafty time with my friend Natasha Vacca. I made a bunch of gel prints.

I loved how the one with black white and silver acrylic paint turned out . It also picked a little specks of leftover gold paint from the previous gel prints.

Even though I didn’t add layers of prints or use any stencils on this one, this print was perfect as a background for masculine cards.

First Card

For my first card I cut out a 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches piece. Matted this piece with a black card-stock slightly bigger still leaving a white border around the card front.


Even though my main focus was the gel print background, I wanted to make this card more interesting. I used Tim Holtz Uppercase Alphabet dies to cut the word HAPPY in light gray, dark gray and black. Arranged these starting with the lightest happy on top and and darkest in the bottom in ombré gradient manner.

I then added it on a strip of vellum because adding it directly on the gel print wouldn’t make these letters show as much. I then wrapped the vellum around the gel print piece and secured it with scotch tape at the back.


The word HAPPY already started the sentiment. I stamped the word birthday with Versalark ink on a dark grey card-stock piece and embossed it with silver embossing powder. This was Mega Label Love stamp from Altenew. Carefully cut around the stamped and embossed sentiment with the help of scissors leaving a slim border.

Then added the word Birthday on the lower left side of my card front to complete my sentiment. I sent this card to my son whose birthday was on the 10th of April.

Second card

For my second card I cut out a piece that measures 3 and 3 quarter by 4 and a half . Matted this piece with black card-stock leaving a slim border.


For this card my focus is the big bold sentiment die cut. This one is called Chunky Birthday from Simon Says Stamp. This die cuts the birthday word, the outline and also a shadow layer . I cut the shadow and the word from the gel print and the outline with a black card-stock.


I needed something to complete my birthday sentiment so I stamped and embossed a sentiment from The Ton Stamps that says wishing you a happy birthday but I masked off the birthday as I already had the die cut birthday.

I added the die cut word in the middle of the card a little towards the bottom so I could fit my sentiment strip above it. And this completed my second card.

I sent this card to my brother whose birthday was on the 15 th.

Third Card

After I made 2 cards and die cut the birthday word out of the gel print I had made I still had a strip left that was enough to make another card .

For this card I just had a strip which was not enough to cover the whole card front like my first two cards. So I added a white embossed piece behind it. The 3 and 3 quarter inches by 4 and a half inches white cardstock piece is embossed using Altenew. Embossing folder. I matted this piece with slightly larger black cardstock leaving a small border like I usually do.


I had leftover outline layer of the birthday die cut which I used in black on my previous card. I die-cut the word again from black cardstock and used up the leftover outline piece.

Then I had this happy already stamped and embossed in my sentiment strip collection.

I added the matted embossed piece with liquid glue but the gel print piece with foam tape and added the sentiment with liquid glue on top of the gel print.

This completed my card. I was so glad to be able to create a bunch of masculine cards with just one print.

Hope this inspired you to create these simple gel prints and create backgrounds on masculine cards.



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The Flower Challenge #67

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re all having a great day. Today I’m sharing a quick card I created for The Flower Challenge #67. Our theme this month is “Add A Heart”

When I said a quick card I really meant it. I had a bunch of these flowers cut and assembled. I used a digital design from silhouette studio.

I cut a panel of foiled pattern paper in the size of an A 2 card front. Used this beautiful heart die cut in the middle of the panel and arranged flowers along the bottom left corner of this heart.

The heart is popped up on foam tape and so are the flowers.

The sentiment was also a pre stamped and die cut sentiment from Taylored Expression.

I keep a bunch of pre stamped strip sentiments in a box organized by theme/ sentiment so I can quickly grab one and add it to a card whenever I need one.

This card has a lot of gold going on so I didn’t think any embellishment was necessary.

So this completed my quick heart card. Hope this inspires you to create your own projects with heart and play along with us at The Flower Challenge Blog.



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The Flower Challenge #65 Reminder

Orchid Rose bouquet card by cardsncraftsnyc

Hello Everyone!

It’s already midway through February. We are creating wonderful inspirations for you to remind you to participate with us at The Flower Challenge. Our theme this month is “Occasion”

For my project today I have created an Anniversary card.

Here is my take on it.

Orchid Rose Bouquet anniversary card

I have used the Orchid Rose Bouquet Stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped this image with the help of my Misti Stamping Tool on an 80lb Neenah card-stock.

Orchid Rose bouquet card by cardsncraftsnyc

I’m still in the learning stage in coloring white flowers. I like to try different styles. I used Copic colors for this image. Started with light green where the depth should be and flicked it out. Added C3 where there are cast shadows.

For the center of the orchid I used RV4 which definitely was much higher in value hence contrasting the rest of the coloring. So I tried to balance it out by stamping the sentiment is matching color card-stock strip and also matted the layer with the same card-stock.

I really believe that a well balanced composition makes a card admirable.

Here is a little closer look to my colored image.

Hopefully this was an inspiration for you to create your projects and play along with us.



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Fun Interactive Shutter Cards

Today I am sharing some fun interactive shutter cards. I’m a huge fan of interactive cards. In the past I have even tried creating my own simple interactive features on projects. But when you have a special die that does all the work for you, it becomes effortless. I am grateful for Spellbinders for sending me these fun interactive shutter die collection.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing three projects with you featuring Spellbinder’s Garden Shutter Collection by Becca Feeken. I chose to play with three of their latest release.

So without further ado, let me show you what I created.

My First Card

This first card features the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base Etched Dies from Garden Shutters Collection by Becca Feeken. And here it is.

Daisy Delight Garden Shutters card front view

I cut all the elements of this die set using some pattern papers from my stash and the daisies with White Card-stock. I then colored the green part and the yellow using Copic Markers. Decorated the front of my card with the daisies I created.

I have added some pull tabs so you can pull the front panel downwards and the back panel upwards, which created the flaps to open as shutters and flip on the other side, almost like magic.

The interactive feature then reveals the message in the inside. I’ve added the die cut Happy Birthday in the inside of the shutters.

This die is meant to create an A2 size card but you can keep adding this interactive feature in a row to make a slimline card. I will definitely be trying that one. Or just one shutter in the the middle for fun interactive element. The possibilities are endless here.

My second Card

My second card features the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5 by 7 Card base Etched Dies. This one creates three shutters in front of an A7 size card.

I also decorated the front of this card with he butterfly die cuts. You get three butterfly dies in this set.These butterflies have an extra layer that cuts the details but I wanted just one layer on this card.

The photo above shows the shutters opening when I pull the tabs on top and bottom.

I used a Happy Birthday To You sentiment die cut for the inside of this card. This die was from a Small Die of The Month subscription a couple months ago. The use of the gold foiled paper for the inside of this card adds a lot of drama to this card.

My Last Card

The other die I picked from Spellbinders was this beautiful Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Die from the same collection.

This one reminds me of my great grandmother. Her beddings were full of laces with eyelet designs in pale muted colors. I also wanted to create somewhat similar look with my next card.

These dies cut these beautiful layers with lacy borders. You can use all the die to cut one panel or cut different panels with each die shape and layer on top of one another. That is exactly what I have done here.

I created some floral elements on the corners of this card using other dies from spellbinders. And added the hello die cut in the middle.

Hope you find my projects inspiring.

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Here is another post that showcases some of Becca's previous collections.



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Vellum Poinsettia Christmas Card

Here’s a soft vellum poinsettia Christmas card I wanted to share with you all today.

I created this card as a reminder post for The Flower Challenge #62. Our theme for this month is “Use Leaves”. That’s why, have created a full background for my card with a cover plate die that has leaves.

The Background

First of all I started by blending distressed oxide inks on a Bristol smooth panel. I used Salvaged Patina, Kitsch Flamingo and Villainous Potion inks. The fact is all of these are newer colors I had just purchased and I couldn’t wait to use them. After that I rubbed some Distressed Glaze over it which made the colors so vibrant.

Then I cut a panel of shimmery white card-stock using the Sugar Pea Designs Leaf Cover plate. This was perfect for my theme. I added the die cut piece on top of the ink blended piece with liquid glue.

The Focus

I have been making some Christmas cards lately. Waffle Flowers Poinsettia Die set released around July I believe was going to be perfect for my card. I cut a bunch of poinsettia petals with vellum and layered them. However, the bottom piece (which was supposed to be the leaves) was cut with white and inked with Salvaged Patina to match my project.
After that, I glued them on the panel towards the lower right side.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment I used CZ designs sentiment. Embossed it on a white piece of card stock with white embossing powder then inked with salvaged patina.

Embellished with matching enamel dot in the centers of the poinsettias. Mounted it on an A2 size card base. Finally, this completed my card. Hope you find it inspiring.

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