Gent’s Birthday Card

Gentlemen’s cards.  Tough subject for some of us.  Yesterday, my mom asked me if I had a sympathy card appropriate for a gentleman.  No, I did not, but I was doing a birthday card that would be good for a guy, and I put sympathy cards on my to-do list.

So, I’m the host at Freshly Made Sketches this week, and I hope you find my sketch to be as easy and inspiring as I did.  Sometimes I design a sketch and then when I go to make a card based on that sketch, I ask myself “What the heck were you thinking?!”  This one didn’t leave me feeling frazzled, and it actually led me to making an actual quick and easy card.


The front portion of the base card (Whisper White) was cut 1-1/4″ short so that the Pacific Point strip with the candle was visible with the card open or closed, and it still leaves plenty of room on the inside for a sentiment and writing.

The candle was created by using the striped stamp from the Perfect Pennants stamp set, adding a piece of White Baker’s Twine and a hand cut ‘flame’.


If you’re looking for a seriously quick and easy (and mail friendly!) card,  this is it!  I hope you’ll hop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see what the ‘Clean Team’ to see what my fellow designers have created for you this week.  I have to say, they’ve done my sketch proudly, but would someone please tell them that they’re not suppose to upstage the host?! 🙂

Here’s the sketch…

FMS Final 196-001I hope you will come play along with us!

Happy stamping!


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  1. Narelle Farrugia

    This is such a fabulous man card Cindy! The colours are totally cool and perfect for your man card!

  2. Arnoldo L. Romero

    I really like your use of bold colors and pattern mix in this card. And yes, it is very appropriate for a guy. Blessings!

  3. Jen Brum

    Great card Cindy! I love that candle and those fun gold stars! Love the rich colours! Perfect man card! Thanks for the great sketch this week!

  4. Jen Mitchell

    No one makes a masculine card quite like you Cindy! On this one I love the bold colors and graphic shapes. And I love how the top layer has been cut so that the candle is visible whether the card is open or closed!

  5. KarrenJ

    What a great sketch and I absolutely love your interpretation of it! To leave the front panel short is sheer genius! And no one is upstaging anyone 🙂

  6. JoAnn B.

    Love your card and cute candle. Nice colors too.

  7. Bobbi Miller

    Absolutely darling!! Love your design sketch and that short cut side with the candle is pure genius! The colors are perfect too. I must add this to my CAS file. I’m off to convention today but had to peek here first. Hugs my friend…wish you were going.

  8. Tonya Denton

    Hi Cindy! Love your bright, cheerful card! I love the placement of your little stars and love your side candle!! I’ve been wanting this stamp set! I just place it at the top of my Wish List!! 🙂

  9. Linda Callahan

    Fun sketch…..I like things a bit askew! Your card is so bright and fun!

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