A Handyman Birthday


It’s snowing down south!  When I was growing up in West Virginia, and females as a rule wore slips under their dresses, that’s what we would say if her slip was hanging below her skirt.  I don’t hear that being said these days.  Except! when it snows in a southern state like ours, Georgia.  Work was called off yesterday where my husband works, so we were “snowed in.”  We love it, since we don’t have to deal with it often.  It was 13 degrees early this morning.  He did have to go in to work today at 11:00, though, since it has warmed up to 31 degrees.  Enough about that.  Here’s my latest card, a birthday card for my handyman husband who has a servant’s heart.


This is an A2 size card that folds at the top.  The card base is 100# Simon Says Stamp Kraft Cardstock, cut to 4.25 x 11 inches.   I went around the perimeter of the card base front with a stamp from Tim Holtz and embossed it with a heat tool.

  • Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge Stamp Set   1_55851_FS
  • VersaMark Clear Ink Pad
  • acrylic block
  • Recollections Embossing Powder, Copper

The front panel is made with 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, cut to 3.75 x 5 inches.

Rows  of Tim Holtz distress ink was spread in vertical rows.  Then the cardstock was embossed with an embossing folder in a Cuttlebug embossing machine.

  • finger daubers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (there is no name on the folder)   

A piece of natural hemp cord was wrapped around the front panel three times and attached to the back of the panel with pieces of Scotch tape.  Then a short piece of cord was tied around the three cords.  The ends of the short cord was threaded through a small metal gear.  The gear was a freebie from a shop where I ordered merchandise.  I think it is by Tim Holtz.  

I put a piece of fun foam just about 1/8 inch smaller than the panel between the card base and the front panel.  A runner tape gun didn’t stick the embossed layer to the fun foam, so I used .75 inch wide eBoot Double Sided Adhesive.

The corner gears die cut was also a freebie from the same shop as the metal gear.  It looks like it is a die cut by Tim Holtz.  I embossed the die cut with the copper embossing powder and adhered it to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I laid a large acrylic block on the die cut to press it down while it dried.  

The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped, embossed and trimmed down.  I used a finger dauber to go around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Tea Dye.  Then the sentiment was adhered to the card front.


My husband liked his card.  We display cards that are given to us in our kitchen/dining area where we are most of the time.  It looks pretty perched on the shelf on the brown plague holder.  

Thanks for stopping by and having a look,

Tricia Ann


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