Masculine Birthday Magic Window Card

Masculine Birthday Magic Window Card


This gatefold card has a cool “magic window” mechanism on the inside that reveals a hidden message or image when the card is opened.


The hidden message or image disappears as the card is closed again.


The sentiment in the window is from the “Framed Greetings” set by Gina K Designs, stamped with GK Charcoal Brown ink.  The sentiment below the window is computer generated.  The patterned paper is “Kraft Small Dot” and “Kraft Stripe” by Core’dinations.  I also used Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe card stock and Recollections heavy weight ivory.

I created a belly band which slides on the card when closed.


The image on the belly band is from the “Sketch a Party” set by Stampin’ Up and was also stamped with GK Charcoal Brown ink.  The circle panels were cut with dies from the Spellbinders Large and Small Standard Circles dies.

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Football Slider Birthday Card

Football Slider Birthday Card

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In a recent post, I shared an interactive card that I had made for my husband for our anniversary.   The card had an element that slid from left to right when the card was opened.  (HERE is a tutorial on how I made it.)  This type of card can be made with a variety of sliding elements, and here is another sample I created with an image of a football player.

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For this one, I created a cut out window on the front.  When the card is closed, you can see a portion of the inside scene.  I made the border/frame kind of wide so there is room inside to put a sentiment and signature panel that does not show through the window when the card is closed.  A piece of acetate covers the opening.


The football player was a google clipart image that I traced and cut with my Silhouette.  I needed him to “run” to the right so I flipped the image which I thought was quite clever until I realized that the numbers on his jersey flipped also and were backwards.  Of course I didn’t notice this until the card was done and I was ready to post!

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I needed to go back and doctor the original image with my Silhouette software to remove the numbers, create a new die cut, and layer it over the old one.  Ugh!!!  Note to self… avoid images with letters and numbers when using mirror images.

The football field was also a google image.  There were many field choices; I chose one that put my player close to his end zone.

The printed paper on the front is from a digital scrapbook kit called, “Touchdown Football” by JssScrapBoutique which I purchased on Etsy.  I imported the football pattern into my Silhouette software and “filled” in the frame I created.  I added the black border and had the machine cut it out.  (The kit contains a frame with this pattern, but it is square, and I needed a rectangle to fit on my card front.)

The greeting and inside sentiment were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and were both from custom stamps I had made at   I’ve had stamps made there before, but this time, I realized that you don’t need to order individual stamps for each greeting or short sentiment.  You can put several greetings/sentiments (as different lines of text) on the same stamp and cut them apart when they arrive.  A big money saver!

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Baseball Birthday Shutter Card

Baseball Birthday Shutter Card


My son has a fall birthday, and he’s really into baseball (he will be working for the Milwaukee Brewers’ after he graduates in May), so I made this card for him.  The Modsquad Challenge this week is “Fall Fest” where we are to create whatever comes to our minds when we think of fall.  I loved the rich, fall colors of these papers, and in my house, playoff baseball is definitely a fall thing!

This shutter card features paper called “Baseball/Softball Diamond” from a kit called “Rookie of the Year” by Karen Foster.

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I matted each of the printed pieces with some open stock card stock called “Merlot” that I purchased at AC Moore.  (There is no brand name on the label.)  The card base is Recollections Kraft.

The circle pieces were cut with dies from the “Standard Circles Large and Small” sets from Spellbinders.  The stamps are from Crackerbox Palace (here and here) stamped with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.  I inked the edges of the greeting and sentiment panels with this ink as well.

I left a little space under the “have a ball” stamp for a signature.  The space on the back panel that does not show when the card is closed is big enough to hide a gift card or monetary gift (attached with removable adhesive) if desired.

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This card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches when folded.

Here is the template for making the card base:

Shutter Card Template

(HERE is a video tutorial on how to make this type of shutter card.)

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A Few Simple Birthday Cards

A Few Simple Birthday Cards


I enjoy making cards with fancy folds, interactive elements or some other creative technique.  Sometimes, however, it’s fun to get back to basics and focus on the stamps and ink.  Here are a few simple cards I made with some stamp sets that I had purchased a few months ago but hadn’t used yet.


Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card


(Inside: Wishing you all the best today and throughout the coming year)

This card was made with various stamps from the “Gorgeous Grunge” set from Stampin’ Up and the “Celebrate” stamp from Hampton Art.  Stampin’ Up Soft Suede and Mint Macaron ink was used.  Card stock was SU Mint Macaron, Gina K Dark Chocolate, and white.  The inside sentiment was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

I don’t think I’ve ever created such a “grungy” card before. It was fun, and really liked the way it came out.  I got mixed reviews from my family though.  Oh well….


Happy Birthday with Swishes of Color


(Inside: Sending you Warmest Wishes on your special day.)

This next card features an embossing folder from the Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Celebrations Duo” set.  The “Happy” is debossed so when the swishes of color are stamped over it, the ink stays on the flat portion of the card but does not get into the indented portion.  I used a stamp from the “Tiny Textures” set from Gina K Designs to create the swishes of color.  The “Birthday” stamp is from the Gina K “Winter Block” set.  The stamp on the inside is called “Sending Wishes” by Stampendous.  Papertrey Ink Soft Stone and Gina K Blue Denim ink was used with white and Blue Denim card stock.  (For some reason, my camera can’t see that the blue ink and paper are the same color.  Hmmm….)


Cake Crazy Birthday Card


(Inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you happy)

This final card was made with stamps from the “Cake Crazy” set from Stampin’ Up.  The set contains a number of angled stamps in a variety of shapes and words (along with multi-step layers) so lots of different crazy cakes can be created in all kinds of color combinations.  Gina K Blue Denim and white card stock was used as well as a few sheets from “The Birthday Wishes Stack” paper pad by DCWV.  For ink, I used Gina K Wild Dandelion, Blue Denim, and Blue Raspberry.

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Center Easel Birthday Card

Center Easel Birthday Card


(Inside: wishing you a day filled with good things)

I know it’s September, and I’m feeling like fall colors and patterns are more appropriate, but as I mentioned in my last post, I am “a bit” (big time understatement!) behind with posting so I have a card to share today (finally!!) that I made in the spring….

This card has a panel that props up like an easel to reveal the greeting.  It’s a great design for showing off beautiful printed paper (either store bought or handmade).  The card is flat when “closed” for easy mailing.


My card features printed paper called “Blossom” by American Crafts (#340303) along with Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron  and white card stock.  The flowers were cut with a Sizzix Originals die called “Flower Layers #3” and embellished with some thin, white ribbon and some pieces of a small pearl spray I purchased at Hobby Lobby (DIY Wedding Department).

The greeting stamp is from the “Frame & Flowers 2” set by Gina K Designs.  The inside sentiment is by Hero Arts and was stamped on a panel cut with the EK Success “Real Estate Sign” label punch.  Both were stamped with Stampin’ Up Mint Macaron ink.


Here is a template for a 5×7 card base.  (Click on diagram to make it bigger.)  You can adapt the measurements to make an A2 sized card if desired.

BASE DIAGRAM With Measurements


You can see a tutorial HERE on You Tube.

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