Happiness Is A Journey: John’s Birthday Card…

Happiness is a journey, for sure! Today our family is filled with happiness as we celebrate my husband John, my brother John and my nephew Cody’s birthdays. In our house we actually have a 9/27 club! This is the card I made for my husband John. When he was young, he had a train set and really and truly loved it. So, this one’s for you John!

Happiness is a Journey Masculine Birthday Card

Here’s what I did for John’s Birthday Card.



Basic Black card stock         10″ x 7″ scored at 5″ (card base)

3-3/4″ x1-3/4″  (layer for greeting)

Basic Gray card stock           4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (card layer)

Whisper White card stock  3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ (greeting)

Glossy White card stock     4″ x 3″


I love this stamp sett, because it works so well with the “Soot Technique,” which is exactly what I used for the image.


To do the Soot Technique, here’s what you need:

Glossy Card Stock

Candle (A tapered candles works faster then a pillar candle)


Rubber Stamp

Matte Spray Sealer


Please do this technique using caution. Over a sink is a good place in case paper catches on fire, although I have never had it happen.


Here’s What to Do:


1.  Light the candle.


2.  Using tweezers hold the 4″ x 3″ piece of Glossy card stock’s edge and touch the flame with the card stock, Happiness is a Journet Detail glossy side to the flame, and keep moving card stock through the flame until soot accumulates on card stock. Experiment how dark you want the card stock to become.


3.   Hold the soot covered card stock  by the edge and place with the glossy soot side up on the counter taking care not to touch the soot.


4.  Use an un-inked rubber stamp and stamp image onto the soot covered card stock. The stamp will pull off the soot and the image will appear. If you’re not happy with the image repeat the process.


5.  Spray lightly with a matte sealer.


When the sealer is dry, tear the edges of the Glossy card stock. If you want the white edge tear the edge toward you. I think it frames out the soot divinely!


For John’s Happy Birthday Greeting I used the Perfectly Penned stamp set, VersaMark Ink and the new Pewter Embossing Powder. I’m hooked on this pewter powder.


The card was layered a shown.


Birthday Hippo A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the 9/27 club, especially my better half. xox



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