Friday, 4 May 2012

Male 18th Birthday - Birdwatching Theme Book Card

If you're anything like me you'll probably have a pile of gorgeous toppers that you've never got around to using. I stroke them occasionally and put them back in the packet then get out my inks and stamps. Well, this card was built to accommodate a gorgeous Kanban bird decoupage that I just couldn't resist in my local craft shop. It had been stroked too many times and was just begging to be used!

"18th Birthday - Birdwatching Theme Book Card"

The outer cover is made from thick, brown card and the closure uses a rough string (the stuff they call in the farming community "Bailer Twine").

"Front Cover"

Three sheets of white card are coloured with distress inks in a similar way to make matching backgrounds for the front cover and the two inside panels. A series of stamps are then used to transfer a light coloured distress ink onto each dried panel and the stamped images brushed with gold Perfect Pearls to make a detailed, shimmery background.

The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The top-hatted gentleman are stamped in black archival, but just the top hats embossed, then the images are accentuated with white ink pen. The hand and ticket images are stamped onto separate white card coloured with distress ink, using cobalt archival, then cut out and mounted with foam pads. The "Admit One" is accented with a glaze pen to make the lettering stand out a little, and the hand has some highlights added with a white pen.

The globe is diecut from cat food box and white card. The cat food globe is coloured with distress inks, the white card with dylusions sprays, and the stand with gold adirondack applied with a dabber. The map is cut from the white card die cut and stuck onto the coloured cat food box diecut, and the whole then adhered to the front of the card using foam pads.


The twine closure is attached to the card by adhering between the inside covers and background panels using glossy accents before sticking the background panels in place with pva.

"Left Hand Inside Panel"

The left panel has a length of ruler ribbon attached (thanks Lee!) to provide a space for a couple of tags to be inserted. The "little birdie" sentiment is overstamped in black archival ink, and the binoculars stamped onto separate cardtsock, coloured, cut out, shaped and adhered with Pinflair for a little extra dimension.

"Right Hand Inside Panel"

The right panel houses the gorgeous Kanban woodpecker decoupage that sparked off the whole idea for this card. Other diecuts from the sheet (binoculars, notebook) were tucked into the "book page" edges for added decoration, and some stamping added to the edges.


Of course, you need somewhere to write a greeting, and this set of matching tags is perfect. Write on the ones you want to use and tuck them into the card; use any left over to attach to your gift. The banckgrounds are created in the same way as the main panels with distress inks, perfect pearls, and overstamping the sentiments using black archival and clear embossing powder. Some bailer twine makes a great, masculine alternative to ribbon. Sorry Lee, not a flower in sight on this card :-)

Kanban Castle Howard Bird Toppers
Pink Paislee stamp set - Daily Junque
Clear Art Stamps - SM10 Journey
Tim Holtz stamp set - Curious Possibility
Kaisercraft Stamp Sets - Up, Up & Away, Life Sentiments
Papermania Stamp Sets - Hampstead, Urban
Sizzix Tim Holtz M&S die - globe
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles
Archival Inks - Jet Black, Cobalt
Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold
Embossing powder - Clear
Inkssentials white pen
Sakura glaze pen, clear
Cardstock: white 160gsm, brown 300gsm, hammered gold 200gsm
Ruler Ribbon
Bailer Twine
Adhesives: Glossy Accents, Pinflair Dimensional Glue, PVA, foam pads

Entered for the following challenge:
S J Crafts - Favourites (I just love my gold Perfect Pearls LOL!)
Fab 'N' Funky - Celebrating Male-Ness
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - For the Boys
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Ribbon or Twine (I went for the twine, but you might count the ruler ribbon too!)
Kaboodle Doodles - Add some dimension
That Craft Place Blog - One for the Boys
Sweet Stampin' - Anything But Square
Oozak - Spring Colours


  1. This is stunning, love all the different elements and the vintage feel....

  2. WOW a fabulous project, love all the details.

  3. Oh how delightful, never seen anything like this before, beautiful. thank you for showing us all at ~Sweet Stampin'~

  4. An absolutely stunning project with lots of lovely detail. Well done & thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  5. Wow, that's an outstanding project.

  6. What a fabulous project - it looks amazing! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



  7. This is a great masculine card.. I have trouble making those... I want lace and ribbon and glitter!!! I got inspired to make a book card from your last project... posted on Brag Monday @ Graphics Fairy. I hadn't done one in a looong time. You're great inspiration.

  8. I just love this! All the details and the colors are just super. I love the coordination tags and the birds on the inside.

    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Love Mickaela

  9. wow a fantastic idea - love how it all comes together and the matching tags...ooooh!

    Thank you for joining in with SJ Crafts challenge.

  10. WOW! what an amazing creation, just gorgeous... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  11. absolutely super creation, thanks for entering it into our challenge at that craft place x

  12. Just amazing - so many special details and the colours are beautful. Thanks for playing along at Fab N Funky this week!

  13. Just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

  14. Thanks to everyone for all the fab comments. Love maddy x

  15. Heehee, where would you be without the good old cat food packaging eh? Lucky has his uses when he isn't trying to get at the chickens, lol. Maddy this really is spectacular. Your attention to detail always amazes me. I love the wee tags and the colours are fabulous. That decoupaged insert is so beautiful. I think I will let you away with not using any flowers,lol. Its a stunning creation as always. Lee x

  16. Another stunning project Maddy. love every single detait about it, love Kathy xx

  17. Wow, this is fabulous. Love your style.

    Thanks for joining us at BunnyZoe. I also have Candy on my blog if you want to hop over HERE.

    Hugs Tracy x

  18. Wow! Stunning project! Thanks for joining in with the S J Crafts Challenge! Sarah x

  19. Ohhh wowzersss what a fabulous creation you made its absolutely stunning and all the little detaills that you have used. Fabulous stamps too, thank you for sharing your creation
    CU hellerlittle


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