Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Freshly Made Throwdown: Birthday Buttons

I combined two challenges today - the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Color Throwdown to come up with this masculine birthday card.



 The edges are inked just by rubbing along a black ink pad.  You never really notice this quick extra step until you have compared cards side by side - I took some before and afters on this post.  That quick rub just gives it a little bit of a shadow and that little extra dimension.

I made the circle and square buttons out of two different dsps and then coated them with glossy accents.


It's my oldest son's 16 birthday!!  I had planned to make something funny or sarcastic but just couldn't come up with anything in my collection.  So when I saw these challenges, I thought I would go for something a little more grown-up.  (I can actually enjoy his birthday because he hasn't completed all the requirements to get his driver's license so I don't have to panic because he is off on his own!)


  • Stamps: Papertrey Round & Round (sentiment), Background Basics: Circles
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray (the circles) and Basic Black (the sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Gray CS and dsp, Real Red CS and dsp, Basic Black dsp
  • Accessories: Misc circle and square punches, misc star button, crochet thread



17 comments:

Melissa said...

It's been a while since I've been back to look at your fabulous blog! So glad I took some time and did that today as this is a perfect masculine card! I'm always at a loss as to what to do for masculine cards!! Love the colors too! Hope your son has a wonderful 16th birthday! My own sons have a few years to go before turning 16 and I'm already nervous about the whole driving thing! Eeek!

Allisa said...

Great card, love the clean lines!

Deborah Frings said...

This is a fabulous card - perfect for your son's 16th birthday. I love the glossy buttons! Great colours too! I hope your son has a super day!

It's my son's 16th next week - I just don't know where the time has gone :)

Shelly Koskinen said...

Your card is really cute!!!

Jen said...

Great take on both challenges! Love those glossy shapes! I'm sure your son will love this. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Linda Callahan said...

Very cool how you made those two buttons! Great colors and a clean classy card! Love it!

Jen W. said...

Happy birthday to your son! Glad you have a bit more time before driving panic fully sets in! Lol! Love those fabulous buttons...

Notes by Nina said...

Fantastic card, love the clean look. Happy Birthday to your son :)!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oooh! Another thing we have in common ... kids with birthdays just after Christmas! ( I have 3 this month ... 2 on the 14th & 1 on the 19th!) Love those shiny buttons! What a great take on the sketch! Hugs xxx

Tui Nathan said...

Simply stunning ... love your style Kim and this card has it all ... a perfect male/teen card ... great job!!!
Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Jenny said...

Great guys card Kim, love the glossy buttons :)
Jenny x

Lesley said...

Glossy is good! Love this CAS take!

Lori said...

Fabulous clean and simple design! Love the buttons you created. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown.

Rita said...

What a great masculine card; love the glossy accents! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches. :)

Bonnie said...

I love those handmade buttons! I remember when my girls started driving. It was terrifying for me, but they did fine. Actually is was a relief not to have to ride with them all the time!

Cindy said...

Love those homemade buttons! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jennifer said...

What a perfect card for your son! Love the button, too. So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko