Sunspiration: DIY: Masculine birthday rubber-stamp art

This past Friday was my FIL’s 91st birthday providing me with another opportunity to express myself creativity through my rubber-stamp art.

It brought me such joy to make this card. Inspiration in coordinating the layout and colors fell effortlessly into place with very little thought.

This is a great outdoorsy design for the men in your life. I can see this being used for many occasions.

Feel free to duplicate my results or use as a guideline to make your own one-of-a-kind card. Here’s what I used to create my design:

  • Rubber-stamp M-119 (image size 4 ¼” x 3 ⅝”) from Stampin.com.
  • White card for the image, stamped in Color Box black pigment ink.
  • Prismacolor pencils.
  • A piece of olive-green cardstock to glue beneath white card stock image
  • Next glue the two pieces directly onto a natural color pre-cut card, leaving enough room at the bottom to add your text.
  • Clear Embossing pen, Ranger Queen’s Gold embossing powder, and embossing gun for text on the front of the card.
  • Brown Marvy LePlume II pen for inside inscription

Inside of card, I lined the card with a piece of tan parchment paper to include a personal birthday wish, which I created. The sentiments speak from my heart of how I feel about this man. It read:

One who gives much; but
Expects no words of praise
One who means a lot to
friends & neighbors; but
One who for a few means…
the whole world!
Happy Birthday, Dad!

 

The inscription turned out beautifully.  I printed all the text, except the Happy Birthday, Dad, I wrote in cursive. I failed to snap a shot, but next time I will be sure to capture and share so you can see for yourself just how nice it works together.

In honor of my wonderful FIL’s birthday, and for his service to the United States of America during WWII I thought this song would be one he enjoyed back in the 40s…

 

I had the privilege of scanning many of my in-laws’ old photos several years ago. Below are a few from my FIL’s day in the service. I made slight adjustments to enhance the images but maintained much of the original appeal. Click on image to enlarge. It really makes a big difference!

Stationed in Miami, Florida
Out on the town
A visit home
A picture with Mom

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6 thoughts on “Sunspiration: DIY: Masculine birthday rubber-stamp art

  1. Rory Bore

    It’s just beautiful! something like that would be perfect for my dad too. he still loves to go out fishing in the early mornings a few times in the summer.

    Loved seeing the old photos – reminds me so much of seeing ones of my late grandpa in his uniform. He looked so sharp!! I remember being surprised the first time I saw one, at how young and handsome he was. I had to high five grandma. LOL she just smiled and winked at me. 🙂

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    1. Cathy Kennedy

      Thanks for the nice comment on my card. I was so pleased with how it turned out. I am happy you enjoyed the old photos of my FIL. I totally get the attraction of men in uniform. I so love the nostalgia of old photos!

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  2. Terri D.

    What a beautiful card, and I thank you for sharing such wonderful memories! What a blessing it is, to have your loved one still in your life!!

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    1. Cathy Kennedy

      Thanks! I want you to know, I hopped over to your blog and I can’t leave a comment because I am no longer a Google+ user. As much as I like Google, I don’t like how they spy on you (like other social media networks). That being said, I opted to remove this Google product. Plus, just don’t get the point of using Google+, as it’s very similar to Facebook and I already use that. Sooo, I”m sorry I can’t leave a message for you!

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