Jono’s B’day!

jono-bday-09Hi everyone!

I thought I would share a card I made for my son-in-law’s birthday. His mum is also a SU! demo (my first recruit) … and I always have to smile at his responses! He really is not the least bit interested with these cards … but with a mum & mum-in-law soooo into card making … he has to pretend to be impressed!!! 😀 I like to torment him … he knows I am waiting for an appropriate response to the time & effort I have put into his cards!!!

So … I have to acknowledge a little inspiration from a gorgeous card that I saw recently for one of Keesh’s colour challenges. Louise created the most amazing card … and since then I have seen her design popping up on several other blogs. Obviously, I was not the only one blown away by her card! So … instead of CASING exactly … I have put a totally different spin on her original idea -> Stamp2it. My stars also have the vellum backing … but the glitter is the Chunky Sprinkle rather than the pretty Dazzling Diamonds that Louise used.

jono-bday-09-2Here is a great colour combo using one of the brand new in-colours – Pacific Point. I was quite taken with this combo … especially for a male card! Pacific Point (Stars & stamping), Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie & Bashful Blue.


So there are a couple of things I wanted to highlight about this card.

1. The zig zag edge on the white strip. This was done using the small star punch. Yes! that is how I have got a completely even zig zag & no extra little “snips”. So … how did I do it? It is a little tricky to explain … but not so hard to do … Perhaps a little diagram might help??? (for all those “visual” people!!! 😀 )

zig-zag-edgeYou can see that I have started punching in the centre … and as I travel outward along the edge … I have made sure the top corner of the star just very slightly overlaps the corner of the previous star. I have also lined up the two “inner points” along the bottom edge of the card. It is a little like scalloping along an edge with a corner rounder punch! But …  I think perhaps zig zag is a better alternative to scalloping on a male card??? Anyway … I hope that is easy enough for you to understand??? I finished the zig zag off by sponging some Pacific Point colour along the edge to emphasise the zig zag! Clever huh!!!??? 😀

2. The stars are made by using the small star punch to punch out the centre … and then use the large star punch & line it up around the small star “hole” in your card. These were then backed with vellum – punched with the large star punch & glued onto the back of each star with 2-way glue pen. This gives the stars a softer look on the card … just like Louise did with her flower petals. I was kinda wishing I had used a different colour other than white for the zig zag strip … because the vellum would have shown up better … but I do like the Pacific Point ink on the white card. Very bright & fresh!

3. I used the blue & green chunky sprinkles on the Pacific Point & Garden Green stars … and white chunky sprinkles on the Pumpkin Pie star. Isn’t this such a gorgeous effect! Gav didn’t think that you should put glitter on a “boys” card. But … I don’t think it makes it look too girly, do you??? And … what would he know, anyway??? 😀

So … I hope you enjoyed a couple of new ideas on this card. It is always nice to discover new ways to do things, isn’t it!

signature-picSo much to share … so little time … Gotta fly!!! C Ya!

All images copyright © Stampin’ Up! ® 1997—2009. Artwork by Andrea Lowcock.


  1. Louise Ryan says:

    Wow Andrea! This is a fantastic idea! So glad I inspired you and so glad you turned it completely around – always looking for male ideas.
    Andrea adds: Thanks Louise for your kind encouragement! Yes … your card was so stunning … it was an inspiration! Feel free to CASE this if you are doing a male card!!! 😀


  2. Vanessa Webb says:

    This is a gorgeous card Andrea……. love the stars and the Chunky Sprinkles ;).
    Andrea adds: Yes … love those Chunky Sprinkles!!! Can’t wait to use the new Supernova glitters!


  3. aedesigns says:

    Loving this card!! Really gorgeous! I’m going have to case it a little 🙂
    Andrea adds: Hi Andrea! Thanks for popping by again! CASE away!!! 😀


  4. I’m such a star “nut” and your card is just awesome!! FUN COLORS and the chunky glitter is so sparlky…. super eye candy girl!! In my FAV’s it goes!! TFS 🙂
    Andrea adds: Yep! A star nut here! Glad you like it so much! Feel free to CASE!


  5. Andrea, Thanks for sharing how to do the zig zag edge. That is very clever and works so well with the stars. You always inspire me with your cards!
    Andrea adds: Hi Jenny! Thanks for your encouragement! Hope to see you tonight at team training!


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