Birthday Words and Polka Dots

Today I made a card for Papertrey Ink's April Blog hop and Impression Obsession "Do the Polka" challenge.  Papertrey Ink's challenge was to make a masculine card.  See the details here: and for the Impression Obsession challenge, we were to use polka dots, my favorite.  See the details here: http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2011/04/do-the-polka.html
I just got  my first Impression Obsession stamps a few days ago.  I ordered four of their Cover-A-Card stamps, and do they ever cover a card!  They are 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 and so detailed and easy to cover an entire card with no mess-ups on lining them up.  My card uses Cover A Card: Birthday Words and it was the perfect choice for a masculine card stamped in dark chocolate ink onto spring rain cardstock.  I took a tip from Nichole Heady and stamped it onto the back of the card as well.  It really does make the card look as though I had used patterned paper for my cardbase.  I used a Papertrey Ink polka dot impression plate for the dark chocolate strip and also used a 5 x 7 polka dot cuttlebug folder on Mat Stack #1.  The sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #1.  It needed a little more color, so I added three candles stamped in pure poppy and some orange stickles for the little birthday candle flames.  I am so pleased with how this card turned out and I think my "dread" of making a masculine card is now over.

36 comments:

Elena said...

I love the graphic element of all the greetings in the background - great card!

Laurie said...

Cathy this is amazing! I love those 3 little red candles! SO fun!

I'm Renee said...

FABBY!
Love that background!
And the candles just add that "little" something...
Love it! :)

Dana said...

Love the stamped background as well as the little red candles! Great card, Cathy!

That stamped background will be so useful Cathy. Love your colours and stylish card.

Kara said...

great masculine card!! love the dots and the cnadles!

Audrey said...

Cathy, this is so cute! I love those little candles :)

Oh, I just LOVE it! The colors are gorgeous, that background is awesome, and those candles are perfection! Really, I just love everything about it!

Kristii said...

Wow!!! What an awesome card Cathy!!! Love the red candles! They just pop!! Love the birthday background too!! Fantastic!

Keva said...

Oh, Cathy I love this. The brown and blue are wonderful together and I love the way you stamped the words all over the card. Super cute.

Shirley said...

How totally awesome your card is, Cathy!! Wow with the Birthday CAC. You are quite the sales lady too! I love what you did with all of the polka dots and the candles are perfect! A great male card!! Thank you so much for playing and good luck in the drawing too!

sillyleann said...

This is one amazing card! I love the background and how you added the little pop of color with the red candles. Super card!!

Vannessa said...

A great card - love that background stamp!

Sara Mac said...

Great card Cathy! I really like the addition of the red candles for a simple embellishment and a pop of color.

Joyce said...

This is a really great card. Love the blue and brown color combination. It's interesting, but not too busy or fussy.
Joyce

Oh, cool! This card is just perfect! I love all of it, the embossing on the frame, the background stamping with all the sentiments, the candles, the colors! It's awesome!!
Hugs, Wendy

Magirk said...

A fabulous masculine card! I love the layout and the colors - every element is just great. ;-)

Stephanie said...

Cathy.......First off, I just love the new look of your blog! I've been so busy that I haven't had the chance to get to many blogs lately.....but, I sort of had to check to make sure I was in the right place.....lol

Secondly, I should yell at you for enabling me to go look at those stamps!!! The first thing I said to myself when I saw your card is...."How on earth did she do her background......I love it!"......Then I read and was enabled.....lol

You did a phenomenal masculine birthday card. I just love brown and blue together! Add just the candles to the mat stack and it is adorable. Great job on the hop!

Stephanie said...

BTW.......Sorry that I wrote a book! ;-)

Suzanne said...

Love those dots and all the text stamping in the background. This is fantastic!!

Marybeth said...

Cathy, great job putting this card together. I love how you did the background. The candels are a nice touch too.

Cristina said...

Great card! I LOVE all that texture!

Jen said...

Totally cool! I bet you had such a blast using your new goodies. It totally translates to your fabulously fun card. I am really enjoying admiring it too. Awesome!

Jen Carter said...

Cathy, I just love how you made your background! That looks wonderful! The polka dot strip down the side is the perfect touch and the candles are adorable too!

Cyndie said...

Super cute! Nicely balanced, and I love the little candle details!

Lisa said...

your design is amazing- beautifully done :)

Kelly S. said...

Oh my WORD that text stamping is picture perfect, Cathy! It looks just like dp! The colors are wonderful for a masculine card, but cheery, too! LOVE all of you dotted embossing, just a fabulous design!

Cathy this is a great card. I love the candles and the text and the polka dot embossing.

What a fun Birthday card! Love the embossed BG!

Christina said...

I love this, Cathy! Your stamping is incredible, and I love the simple candle embellishment. Great masculine card!

Denise said...

Cathy, I LOVE this! All the dry embossing is perfect and the background is divine! Great work - perfect for any man!!

Amy said...

Cathy, I LOVE LOVE the dark chocolate strip of polka dots! This card is so amazing! Love all the text!!

OMG girlie, I am SO going to order that birthday cover a card lol! LOVE! Your card is wonderful, love your use of polka dots, the colors, the cute little candles, love everything about this little beauty! So glad you got to play along with IO challenge!

Great card! I especially love the candles over the edge of the mat stack die cut.

Oh wow, I love everything about this! Saving it for teh next time I need a masculine card.

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