Unisex birthday card

Unisex birthday card featuring a quote by Abraham Lincoln

The focus is on color and a wise sentiment

Do you ever need to make a birthday card, but you don’t know the recipient’s hobbies? Or maybe you want to keep it conservative. Or maybe you don’t even know the gender of the recipient!

Today’s card is good for those occasions when you need a neutral card that could be given to almost anyone.  I made it for my former boss who recently celebrated his birthday. His hobbies don’t really lend themselves to greeting cards, so I kept the focus on the central panel where I used a quick and easy technique, and where I used one of my favorite stamps – the famous quote by Abraham Lincoln.

I try to live by these words.

The words on this front panel were heat embossed, then 3 colors of ink were sponged on (and blended) over the top.
Quick, easy, this technique invites bright ink colors

Look at that rich color panel. Here’s how I did it:

  1. I heat embossed the sentiment onto white card stock;
  2. I used my Big Shot to cut it into an oval;
  3. I sponged three complementary colors onto the oval, starting with the lightest and moving to the darkest. In this case, I used yellow, orange and dark pink. The edges blend into each other very nicely.
  4. I cut a mat 1/4″ larger in orange card stock.
  5. I inked the edges of the oval with black to make it stand out from the orange background.

And that’s it! An easy, peasy central panel that makes up in about two minutes.

Everything after that is gravy.

The details

The black layer was run through the Big Shot with my stripes embossing folder, then I butterfly kissed it with delicate sweeps of gold metallic ink applied with a sponge. Just enough to highlight the raised edges. Then I attached that layer to a slightly larger orange layer.

I added gold eyelets (grommets?) to the corners of the base (two-piece) layer before adhering it to the card base. Then I found myself in a pickle – I couldn’t decide on an embellishment!

I tried my best to add some sort of textile to the oval panel, say black ribbon, but the card wasn’t asking for it.  My former boss is a conservative man, and none of my textiles felt quite right. So I settled on a die cut flourish in the same rich teal as the card base to give a pop of cool color to the  sunset hues of the centerpiece. And that was that.

Sometimes a card will dictate how it wants to be made. This was that card. It decided the bold color and wise sentiment were sufficient focal points. And it was right.

I kept the inside simple with contrasting card stock and a simple urge to “Celebrate.”  I hope he did.  He works hard and deserved lots and lots of cake. 

I had already written my greeting to him when I took the photo so had to Photoshop it out.  The paper isn’t smudged, I promise.

The inside which is two layers on the base layer as well as the birthday greeting
This is the whole point of birthdays, yes?

That’s it for today’s card. See how simple it was? There’s still an abundance of texture and detail, but not a lot of frippery and no textiles at all.

Sometimes simple really can speak volumes.

Now it’s your turn

How do you interpret unisex cards? Post your creation(s) on Facebook and share your inspiration with us! We’d love to see it!

Unisex birthday card featuring a quote by Abraham Lincoln
Yes indeed.

Happy crafting!

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