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Stampin’ Up!: Owl Occassions Birthday Card for John

Here’s another quick share for you using the Owl Occasions Stamp Set.  My computer is now accessible to me, so I’m hoping to post more frequently with what supplies I have available to me. We’re not in our house and probably won’t be until the spring. Not really what I wanted to hear, but  we do have a roof over our heads and are grateful for that. Having access to my computer is a step in the right direction and it feels good and normal to me!

Stampin' Up! Owl Occasions Birthday Card


This is a birthday card I made for my husband John. I don’t have any masculine stamp sets with me, but I do have the Owl Occasions Stamp Set available and decided to use it for a fun card.


The card base was made from a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Marina Mist scored at 4-1/4″ and used horizontally.


On a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White I stamped the following:

The owl in Marina Mist and chest in Baja Breeze. The chest was stamped then cut out.

The branch in Chocolate Chip

The banner in Gumball Green

The balloons in Real Red & Summer Starfruit

The hats in Real Red, I stamped the hat twice on the owl’s head


Owl Occasions Birthday Card

Using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig really helped align all the components such as the owl on the branch, the hanging banner, balloons and hats. For the balloons I used the MASKING TECHNIQUE found here    I used the masking technique to bring the red balloon to the foreground and the yellow to the background. Before layering the Whisper White Card Stock I wrapped a Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon knot around it. On the banner tips I adhered Basic Rhinestones, not very masculine, but nice none the less!


Try a card or two using both Masking Technique and the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig! Send me what you do and I’ll feature it on my blog.


Thanks for spending some time with me.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Countryside Masculine Birthday Card…

This is the card I made for my brother John. It’s pretty straightforward and notice I used the new Pewter Embossing Powder once again! I just can’t help myself…

Countryside Masculine Birthday Card

Card Stock Sizes:

Baja Breeze            5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Whisper White    5″ x 3-3/4″

Soft Suede              4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″


On a scrap piece of Whisper White, stamp the truck form the countryside stampe set in VersaMark and emboss the image with the Pewter Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool. Stamp the truck image again on another on a sheet of print paper and cut it out. This is going to be your mask for coloring in the sky. Place some Dotto re-positionable adhesive on the back of the mask and layer it over the embossed card image.

Countryside Truck Image & Mask

With Pastels and a Sp0onge Dauber, color in the sky. When finished remove the mask.

Countryside Coloring Sky

Use a combination of Markers and Watercolor Pencils to color in the Embossed truck. Carefully tear around the truck, tearing the card stock toward you. Use your opposite tearing hand, as a guide, so not to tear into the Embossed image.

Countryside Masculine Birthday Card Detail

On the right hand corner of the Soft Suede, stamp the Birthday Greeting form the Petite Pairs stamp set in VersaMark and White Embossing Powder.


Layer the card as shown in the photo.


Now, you have a completed masculine birthday card to give to that special male in your life! Don’t forget to check out my other masculine cards HERE.


As ever, thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs.

Siggy 2


How to Mask a Stamped Image…

Masking is a technique that allows multiple images to be stamped without overlapping each other. This allows you to stamp layers of images, so, some are in the front and others are in the back.

To mask an image, an identical image is stamped on scrap paper, cut and placed over your original stamped image. When other images are stamped on top of your original image, it is protected by the mask.

Here’s how to make a mask:

Stamp your original image onto your project:


Stamp another image on a scrap piece of paper. Thin paper works best.


Cut out scrap image as close as possible to the outline. I cut on the outline or just to the inside. Then with removable adhesive like dotto, layer the scrap image directly over your original image. Below the scrap image is a little off just to show you what I mean.


Stamp an image over your original image so it overlaps the mask on on all sides.


Remove the mask to view the protected original image.


I hope this helps and that you have fun trying this technique. As, ever thanks for stopping by.


HUGS & stamps,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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