09 March 2022

Masculine Birthday - Colour INKspiration Challenge #117


Hello crafty friends!  And thanks for popping in!

Welcome back for Colour INKspiration Challenge #117.  The photo for this Challenge was chosen by our amazing Crew member, Michele Miller and the Guest Designer is the fabulous Leigh Maloney.   


Picture Credit: Black & Red Broadbill https://www.instagram.com/p/CDRMdBHA4i5/

It seems I'm in a watercolouring mood at the moment as I've used this technique once again.  To be honest, watercolouring hadn't crossed my mind to begin with but after using just plain cardstock, I wasn't happy and by watercolouring, I gained the dimension and texture the original was missing.  There's a photo showing the difference a little further along. 

For my project I've grabbed both the Hats Off Bundle and Your Biggest Fan Bundle which is part of the Hey Sports Fan Product Suite to create a birthday card that's bright and cheerful and suitable for any male in your life.  The papers in the background have come from  Abstract Beauty 4" x 6" Designer Series Paper. The tiny star embellishments are also part of the Hey Sports Fan Suite.

  • Bundles:  Hats Off (AC 2021-22), Your Biggest Fan (Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue)
  • Cardstock: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Basic White, Shimmery White
  • Paper:  Abstract Beauty 4" x 6"
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Stampin' Emboss Powder - Basics (black)
  • Ink Refills:  Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Embellishments: Resin Stars
  • Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat Tool, Water Painters.
  • Adhesives:  Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals


  • Create a card base in Real Red cardstock.
  • Trim a piece of the Crushed Curry DSP 1/4" less on two sides than the size of the card front.  Trim a piece of the diagonal striped DSP 3/8"" less on two sides again than the size of the card front.  
  • Glue these onto the card front offsetting each piece diagonally, placing the smaller piece on top of the larger.
  • Using the Your Biggest Fan stamp set, stamp the double ticket image and 'Happy Birthday' in the smaller section of this image.  Die cut this using the co-ordinating die from Sports Events Dies.
  • Die cut the line of smaller tickets using the same dies in Crushed Curry cardstock.  Using Tuxedo Black, ink up just one star from the trio of stars in Your Biggest Fan stamp set and stamp a star in each smaller section. Carefully tear in half using the perforations as a guide.
  • Using Versamark, stamp the cap image from Hats Off stamp set on Shimmery White cardstock.  Heat emboss with black embossing powder.
  • Using the Ink Refills, watercolour the cap making sure the first colour is quite dry before starting the second.  If the paper is too damp, colours could mix with each other. Once completely dry, die cut using the Hat Builder Dies.
  • While waiting for the first image to dry,  watercolour a small patch of Real Red for the star and Tuxedo Black for the patch.  Once dry, die cut each using the Hat Builder Dies. 
  • Place Dimensionals on the back of the cap and remove the backings.  Use the Dimensionals to help attach everything to the card front.
  • Add a few stars from Resin Stars to the front.
  • To complete the card, trim a piece of Basic White 1/4" less on two sides and stamp a few stars in diagonal corners in Real Read.  Glue this to the inside of the card.


Below is a photo of the original cap.  A full image was stamped on Bermuda Bay cardstock then a second partial image stamped on Real Red then fussy cut.  While there is nothing wrong with how this finished up, it wasn't the look I was after.
 Feel INKspired to join the challenge? I would love for you to join in our colour challenges. It's a great way to take yourself out of your comfort zone and use different colours! 

Firstly, get some INKspiration by checking out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album on our Facebook page. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Just a reminder to use all of the challenge colours. You can also use neutrals such as Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Basic Black as well as Metallics.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.
Thank you so much taking the time to drop in. I hope I have inspired you and if you like what I have shown or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.  
Take care, stay safe and have a great day!   
Monica xx
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