Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grungy Male Birthday Card-Scrapy Land #70

Hello crafty friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land, and from here on all challenges will be 'Anything Goes' (jump for joy!). Today I have a grungy birthday card I made for my son. I have boy/girl twins, and they will have turned 19 by the time this goes live! My daughter's card is HERE.

I made my background panel quite some time ago when I first got this Spellbinders embossing folder.  I wasn't quite happy with it, but knew it's time would come. The panel is colored with Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans and blended with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.

The square panel is the negative left after cutting out Seth Apter's Broken Maze die cut by Sizzix. I smeared it with texture paste, DecoArt Texture Sand Paste and Crackle Paint. When dry, I colored it with Distress paints: Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso. I added some watered down DecoArt Quinacridone Gold where the hardware will go.

The Broken Maze die cut was also smeared with crackle paint and colored with Distress Faded Jeans paint. Both die cuts were raised up with the help of scrap chipboard.

The screws and nuts were made from chipboard covered with contractor's foil, painted with Distress Black Soot and the Q. Gold paint. I used a hole punch for the screws and cut the nuts free hand. I did find this really cool die set from Tutti with tools and hardware in the shop that would make quick work of these!

'HAPPY' is Sizzix Alphanumeric (1") and 'BIRTHDAY' is Sizzix Holiday Words #2 Thin. You can find similar alpha dies HERE and HERE. I cut 'birthday' from a scrap of paper I colored with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls powders a long time ago and 'Happy' was cut from paper I am calling 'mercury glass' and I will be doing a tutorial on that in the future. After adhering, I felt the rust needed a little deepening so I went back with a tiny brush and more Q. Gold paint.

I'm sharing with these challenges:

My son was quite happy with his card, especially what was INSIDE the card! Please pop by the blog   to see more wonderful inspiration from my talented team mates, and then get creating for a chance to win one of TWO gift certificates to Scrapy Land's online shop. Have you heard there are two winners now? One picked by the team and another picked by Mr. Random! And we still pick our Top Picks and Honorable Mentions! We hope you will play along with us--we welcome all styles! Just remember to use any die that Scrapy Land sells on your project--be it a card, a tag, altered art or anything else your creative minds come up with!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Awesome card, Sara Emily! Those screws and nuts look real. Happy Birthday to both your son and daughter.

  2. Fabulous card! Love everything about it, but especially the screws and how you made them look rusty.

  3. Wow, Sara Emily, this is amazing!! The texture is off the charts!! The rusty screws - spectacular!! Wow!! It's grungy perfection!! I love, love it, my sweet friend!! You are such an inspiration!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. He will love this! I love how you offset the circle dies, and of course the rusty drips. Layering these bold sentiments works so well - I never would have thought! Love love it! The colors are sooooo perfect too - another awesome make! Hugs, Autumn

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  6. This is amazing!! The texture is off the charts!! It's grungy perfection!! I love, love it, my sweet friend!! You are such an inspiration!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

  7. Wow! Your card looks amazing with all that grungy goodness! Love all the textures!

  8. I love that grunge look Sara Emily~the milky colors with brown and rustic accents look amazing! The textures are awesome~love the crackle to! So much dimension~I am sure your son will love it!
    Have a great evening my friend,
    Sherrie K

  9. What a fabulous grungy masculine card Sara Emily, the colours and design are fabulous and I bet your son loved it. Xxx

  10. Trying to catch up after nearly 2 weeks of out-of-town family...Happy Birthday to your twins! Awesome card with amazing rusty details! The nuts are screws are so realistic - you are the Queen of rust!! Don't know why you weren't happy with that awesome panel, but it's perfect for this card. Love this, Sara Emily. Hugs :-)

  11. What a brilliant masculine card! Chrisx

  12. This is really cool card Sara Emily! Love the way you layered Happy Birthday.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  13. Fabulous grungy, rusty effects, Sara Emily - and I love how the soft blue sets off the rusty darks. Great use of the die-cuts too to make a fantastic card.
    Alison x

  14. Love this! Super grungy card. Sure he will love it
    Thanks for playing along at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog this month
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  15. Amazing rusty card ! Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenge

  16. Fabulous !!!
    Love the soft blue and all the textures !

  17. Wow - so INCREDIBLE. My grandson would totally LOVE this Sara. I hope you will share some of your cards in the weekly challenges at Through the Craft Room Door Magazine. Xj.

  18. I love this Sara. Very much. And I would like to include it in an upcoming blog post. Can you email me at and let me know if that is okay with you? Thanks, Seth

  19. l harmonie et l'assemblage des pièces est fabuleuse
    merci de jouer pour Sandee & Amelie's , à bientôt NATE


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