How to make a masculine birthday card using ink blending

Hello and welcome to week 4 of my Stampin’ Up! Misty Moonlight Colour Challenge. This week we are combining it with Crumb Cake and Mossy Meadow. These are really natural tones so I was torn between Rooted in Nature and Sailing Home. In the end I decided on this Sailing Home masculine card using ink blending – I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home masculine card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It… Sailing Home Masculine Card

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Misty Moonlight cardstock. This is followed by a layer of Whisper White cardstock measuring 10 x 14.4 cm. Emboss the Whisper White layer using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. I have further distressed the edges using a distressing tool. If you don’t have a distressing tool, you can achieve a similar effect using the blade of a paper of scissors (please be careful if using this method). Add extra interest to the Whisper White layer by splattering ink onto it using the Misty Moonlight, Crumb Cake and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers. To do this, remove the cap from the brush tip end, place the brush tip just inside the cap and flick against the inside edge of the cap.

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home masculine card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Trim a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 6.4 x 9.8 cm. Use a Sponge Brayer to blend from Misty Moonlight to Crumb Cake to Mossy Meadow. Spritz water onto the surface using a Stampin’ Spritzer and dab with a piece of tissue to lift some of the ink. Cut a length of Misty Moonlight ribbon and adhere to the back of this Shimmery White layer using Tear & Tape. Stamp the sentiment (I used ‘Happy Birthday’ from the Framed For You Stamp Set) in Misty Moonlight ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies and adhere to the back of the Shimmery White layer.

Stampin' Up! Sailing Home masculine card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Stamp the lighthouse in Misty Moonlight ink, the compass in Crumb Cake ink and the anchor in Mossy Meadow ink and cut out using the coordinating Smooth Sailing Dies (the compass requires a circle punch or die – I used the Stitched Shapes Dies). Adhere these elements as shown.

What do you think to my Sailing Home masculine card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this Sailing Home masculine card. This is a great colour combination for nature-type images and scenes. I’m definitely going to make a version of this card using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set too!

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Happy crafting, h x

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Heartfelt Masculine Card

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop full of ideas and inspiration. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up! business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or you may have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

Here is the project that I have made for our hop today…

I have used the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Stamp Set and coordinating punches to create this masculine Valentine’s Day card.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Whisper White Thick cardstock. I then cut a smaller layer of Whisper White cardstock and embossed it using the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder. Using a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker, I created ‘splatters’ down the left hand side of the card. I think this adds a little extra interest and stops the card from looking too stark.

Using the plain punch (non-scalloped) from the Heart Punch pack, I cut four hearts from 6×6″ Neutrals Designer Series Paper (two each of Sahara Sand and Night of Navy). I then adhered these down the right hand side of the card front.

I wrapped a length of Night of Navy / Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine around the card front and adhered behind using Tear & Tape. The card front was then adhered to the card base.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink onto Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out using the heart punch. This was then adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I think the use of Sahara Sand cardstock rather than Whisper White here gives a more distressed look and helps with the masculine feel of the card.

What now?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post. If you would like to purchase any of the items used to make this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click one of the links at the end of this post and you’ll head straight to my online shop. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at

Please click on the next person on the list (the one after me, Helen Chapman) to continue hopping! Enjoy!

Happy crafting, h x

Product list…

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Heartfelt Bundle (English)

Heartfelt Bundle (English) [153775] £43.00

Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock

Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock [140490] £7.75

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Whisper White A4 Card Stock [106549] £9.00

Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder

Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder [151811] £9.25

Neutrals 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

Neutrals 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [149614] £10.75

Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers

Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers [147158] £27.50

Night Of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker's Twine

Night Of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine [149483] £3.75

Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad

Night Of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad [147110] £7.00

Sahara Sand A4 Card Stock

Sahara Sand A4 Card Stock [121695] £8.25

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Multipurpose Liquid Glue [154974] £3.75

Tear & Tape Adhesive

Tear & Tape Adhesive [138995] £6.50

Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] £3.75

Paper Trimmer

Paper Trimmer [152392] £23.00