The inspiration for today’s card is the Paper Player’s Tic Tac Toe challenge. I’m choosing the right row down, because I like the idea of a masculine, bird card with twine.

I had previously colored (Stampin’ Blends) my bird (Best Birds Stamp Set), and cut him out (Birds & Blooms Die Set), so he is ready to go. He had been waiting to make an appearance, and today is his day.

By Su Mohr for Paper Players; Click Read It to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Best Birds, Wood Textures, Seasonal Layers, True Gentleman, Adhesive Strips; #masculinebirthdaycard #birdsoncards #stampinup #woodtextures #seasonallayers #birthdaycards #handmadebirthdaycards #diy

Best Birds Birthday Card for a Man


My bird will blend nicely with Tranquil Tide, so I’m selecting that color for the card base. The True Gentleman Designer Series Paper is especially for men, and I’m choosing a piece of it for the bird’s background. And, nothing says “masculine” more than Wood Textures, which I’m layering on the Tranquil Tide card base.


I’m using the same Wood Textures DSP for the bird’s branch, which I’m cutting with a Seasonal Layers Die.

TIP: The branch is thin, so I’m triple layering it with Thick Cardstock, so it will be sturdy over the opening I’m planning.

I get a thrill from dimension on my cards. It’s one thing that really separates us hand crafters from Hallmark, don’t you think? So, I’m layering the True Gentleman DSP on Thick Cardstock, cutting a hole with a Layering Squares Die, and placing it on Adhesive Strips.

TIP: Adhesive Strips are twice as thick as regular Dimensionals, so I use them when I want extra elevation.


The twine is Night of Navy, which I’m winding around two times, and knotting. “Happy Birthday” is in the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set, and I’m choosing it, because it’s the right font (masculine) and size to cut with the Classic Label Punch. I’m attaching it to the twine with Tombow Glue.

By the way, I’m photographing on top of another sheet of True Gentleman DSP. It will be retiring May 31st, so if you like it, scoop the pack up now.

I hope you enjoyed making this masculine, bird card with me today. I wouldn’t have thought of it without inspiration from the Paper Players, so thank you to their design team!

Tomorrow (Tues May 1), I’m honored to be in a Blog Hop with Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners, all about babies. It goes live at 2PM Pacific Time. I hope you get a chance to hop along! 


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