Here's what I came up with - hope he likes it!
As my usual, this is a 5"x7" card. I started with a kraft card base, and pulled out my Dreamin' paper pack from Close To My Heart. This is a pretty flowery Fall collection, but since the papers are double-sided, I just chose the more "manly" designs for this card. I distressed everything for a more masculine feel, including using the Edge Distresser on the blue & brown cardstocks, and ink swiping on everything. I also spritzed my sentiment block with diluted Chocolate reinker in a spray pen. I used a square punch to create the notch at the bottom of the "ribbon".
I cut my circles to match my stamps with my Cricut and the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. Since I knew I was using the limited edition Little Reminder stamp set, I cut the circles to the sizes indicated on the carrier sheet for the stamps. Then I stamped the outer circle months and the inner dates, adhered the layers together, and circled the appropriate date with my markers. I stamped my sentiment using a birthday stamp from my stash in Chocolate, and a sentiment from Little Reminder in Pacifica. After lining up the blocks on my card front, I trimmed down the circle to fit rather than layering on top of it, because of the thickness.
I liked the idea of the flower in the sketch, and I made mine using the Art Philosophy cartridge again. For a more masculine fell, instead of cutting a flower shape, I cut 4 layers of the 2 different starburst shapes in two colors. For the center, I used a button shape from the Dreamin' MyStickease pack, adhered it to a round Dimensional Element, and inked the edges. Finally, I added the line of Opaques Mocha adhesive gems.
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