I have labeled this card as a “masculine” card, which it really is, but this card can also fit into an even more difficult category of recipients, teenage boys. My son is at that age where cutesy is no longer “cool” and there’s no more dump trucks, legos, or cute animals allowed on birthday cards. Making birthday cards for his friends has become a real challenge! But today’s card really is a winner and it’s perfect for that pre-teen & teenage boy age group that I myself am struggling with! Plus it features some amazing characters from The Guardians of the Galaxy series, which I happen to love!! Be sure to watch the video tutorial down below for all the details!
I wanted to create a galaxy background for this card, because Guardians of the GALAXY – I know, VERY CREATIVE (said sarcastically). My favorite way to create a galaxy background is with ink blending. I used my Distress Inks, but the Catherine Pooler, or really any ink that reacts with water and blends nicely, would work with this technique! Also, I know so many people use watercolor paper, and if you are new to ink blending I would most definitely recommend it, but I like the look of regular heavy weight white cardstock, so that’s what I used. Be sure to watch the video above for all the details on creating the background!!
As the main focal point of my card I am using the adorable Baby Groot stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. It is SOOO cute, but also cool enough for those pre-teen and teenage boys! I colored in my little Groot with my alcohol markers and fussy cut him out. I added the image to the front of the card along with the “I am Groot” sentiment and then it was time to put together the inside!
I love the image on the inside of the card just as much as the outside! It is Rocket, from Guardians of the Galaxy! This image could also be used on the outside of your cards, and be sure to check back for more on that, but I really wanted to tie in the inside of the card, along with the outside. I stamped him in the bottom left hand corner and colored him with colored pencils. I also stamped a very large Happy Birthday sentiment above him on the inside. I LOVE to fill up the inside of the card for my son’s friends. He rarely wants to write more than “Happy Birthday Dude” on the inside of the card along with his name, so I feel like I can really go nuts and fill up the space all I want, which I rarely do on my own cards!
I hope you all enjoyed today’s card as much as I enjoyed making it! I am such a big fan of the all of the Marvel movies, so making a card with these images was such a fun time! If you are interested in any of the images I used on my card today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!
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- Groot Baby Stamp
- Groot I Am Stamp
- Rocket Raccoon Stamp
- Happy Birthday Stamp
- Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink
- Distress Inks
- Mini Ink Blending Tool
- White Acrylic Paint
- Irresistible Texture Spray – Wedding Dress
- Dick Blick Studio Brush Markers
- Leisure Arts Colored Pencils