• Jenni

An Adventurous Birthday

When it comes to masculine cards, I seem to step outside of my normal style and turn to the vintage/grunge look (Thank goodness for Tim Holtz!) and this card was no different. 😄

I made this card for my dad's birthday. He loves trains and has recently really gotten into his model train setup, so I thought this theme would be perfect.

I started by stamping out the tickets and train images from the Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous set On the Railroad. I used Gina K. black amalgam ink and 80 lb. Neenah card stock.

I fussy cut around the tickets and left white space around the train. I used my blending brushes and distress inks to make the images look old and like they've really been through somebody's pockets. For the train image, I did a lot of distressing: I crinkled the paper, ripped up the edges, tore off a corner, sprayed it with water, etc.

For the tickets, I wanted them to have a yellowish-green hue so I used a mix of shabby shutters, old paper, and a little stormy sky, with tea dye on the edges. I added old paper on the other ticket to make it a little more green and sprayed them both with my distress sprayer.

To finish the train image, I used almost all the brown distress inks starting with the lightest in the middle (antique linen) and the darkest along the edges (ground espresso). I turned the paper over and rubbed it into the remaining ink on my glass mat for some extra texture.

I used a map from a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" Paper Studio paper pad called Uncharted. The postage card came from a sticker sheet in a Carta Bella kit called Old World Travel, which I don't think is available anymore. I added more of the same distress ink colors to the edges of these as well.

In my head, I was picturing an old, worn passport wallet with all these elements spilling out. So I used kraft card stock to make a pocket across the front of an A2 card. I cut down the kraft card stock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored it a 1/4" in from each of the long sides. I used a bone folder to reinforce the folds and added double sided tape to each side and along the bottom.

I used an X-acto knife to cut two slits into the front of the pocket piece and started to arrange the distressed pieces. I used the Tim Holtz tiny attacher to staple the tickets and post card together. I also folded up the map so that it fit into one of the slits. I inked the areas where the back of the map showed with walnut stain distress ink.

Before I attached the pocket to a card base, I added distress ink to the edges and across the front and smooshed it into the left over ink on the glass mat. I also stamped the train tracks from the stamp set along the bottom of the pocket.

I slipped the pieces into the slits and used glue dots to secure them. At first I thought I would center the pocket leaving white space on each side, but I ended up positioning it all the way to the left of the card front. I removed the release paper from the double sided tape and attached it to an A2 card base.

I trimmed off the 1/2" of white space from the front of the card and added a strip of card stock from the same Carta Bella kit to the inside of the card in its place. Then I added the train image to the pocket.

I used a paper doll that seemed to fit the theme and popped him up a tiny bit with glue dots onto the very front of the pocket. I used more of the stickers from the kit and staggered them alongside the paper doll.

I always love playing with this style, even though I only seem to do so for a masculine card LOL! I think it gives me the opportunity to get a little messy and step outside of my clean and simple style, which I find hard to do.

I think it turned out so cool and when the card is closed, it just looks like a stack of old papers and maps. The paper dolls are so fun too, I'm going to have to do more projects with them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wishing you a lovely day,

-Jenni :)



Uncharted paper pad:

Paper Dolls:


On the Railroad:

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