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Hi Stampers, do you have trouble finding ideas for masculine cards?  Today’s blog hop will fill you with ideas!  My card is the first of a few that I made recently using the circle swirl technique.  This one took me a bit to figure out, but once I did – it was really easy!  I showed my stress free way of creating this card on my Facebook Live last Monday. (Note: Filming wasn’t exactly stress free.  There was a bit of a microphone issue in the beginning, but I got it fixed.  An edited version will be added to my YouTube Channel later.)

I wanted to try this circle swirl technique and found many instructions online.  When I looked at an example, i wanted to change up the colors to match the Gilded Autumn DSP and it got me SO CONFUSED!  Remember, my motto of “there is no NO STRESS in stamping”…  This made we want to figure a way to make it simple. This card starts with an Early Espresso card base and then a layer of Gilded Autumn DSP was placed over that.

Stampin' Up! Gilded Autum DSP circle swirl birthday card by Lisa Ann Bernard of Queen B Creations

What I figured out was to use the Stitched Shapes Dies and cut the outer colors (Cajun Craze & Early Espresso) using the largest and smallest circles. (I used the largest and smallest die and cut them both out of Cajun Craze and then both out of Early Espresso). The middle colors (Soft Suede & Mint Macaron) are die cut using the two middle size dies.(Both colors cut out using both dies as before).  Next, I cut all circles in half using the paper trimmer.

Stampin’ Tip: The colors were chosen because there are used in the DSP – don’t’ you love how Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy for us?!?!

Stampin' Up! Gilded Autum DSP circle swirl birthday card by Lisa Ann Bernard of Queen B Creations

When getting ready to do the swirls, I used one half of each size.  The top row has Early Espresso as the largest and Cajun Craze as the smallest. They are all flushed to the right side and glued together.  The bottom row is the reverse and all glued together on the left.  I used the smallest stitched circle one more time to cut out a full stitched circle in Very Vanilla. Onto that circle I stamped the word “Happy” from the Well Said stamp set. The word “birthday” (from the Well Written dies) was die cut from a piece of Early Espresso CS (with Adhesive Sheet on the back). I placed the word “birthday” where it would cover up the seam between the two circle halves.

Stampin' Up! Gilded Autum DSP circle swirl birthday card by Lisa Ann Bernard of Queen B Creations

Inside the card is a layer of Very Vanilla with a sentiment (also from the Well Said stamp set) stamped in Early Espresso ink and a strip of the DSP adhered along the bottom of that layer (to coordinate with the outside).

The Well Said stamp set and Well Written dies go together wonderfully and can be used for so many occasions!!  You will see that in the coming week as I make more of these circle swirl cards using different DSPs, colors and words!

Below is a list of all the blogs on this hop, click on these links to follow along and see more awesome ideas for masculine cards!

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