Practicing Creativity

Masculine Windsurfer Birthday Card

This birthday card is for a friend of ours that practically lives on Lake Geneva in the summertime. He's a super sporty guy and his sport of choice is the standup paddle board. Okay, so this Windsurfer Bear digi (retired) from Di's Digi Stamps isn't a paddle, but I figure it's close and he'll appreciate it.

I mimicked water with these wave dies. I don't use these often, but I like the effect when I do (as on this card for a swimmer friend of mine). The sun die is strange. It is part of a no-brand slimline set I recently purchased, but it doesn't actually cut out the sun, it just cuts/imprints the ray lines. Tell me what purpose that serves, because I see none. What I did was trace around the die and then just fussy cut it, dressing it up with an enamel dot. That little strip of yellow at the bottom is from another new no-brand slimline die set that is composed of several different widths of paper strips that cut the length of a slimline card. Now this set I can see a lot of uses for.

I also fussy cut the main image, propping him up against the waves with double stick foam pads for a 3D effect. The 'Surfe sur la vague...' (Ride the wave...) sentiment was created with Candy Round BTN font. The matching inside sentiment says '...d'un joyeux anniversaire!' (...of a happy birthday!). The paper is a magazine freebie from a few years back.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, magazine freebie paper
Digital stamp – Di's Digi Stamps Windsurfer Bear
Dies – no-brand wave dies, Die-namics rectangle stax
Embellishments – enamel dot
Font – Candy Round BTN 
Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol ink markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with Little Red Wagon #590 – Totally Teddies!


  1. The waves, the sun, the fun patterned paper, along with the super cute surfer image make a super card!!! Love all the elements, not to mention your amazing coloring.

  2. Such an awesome scene! Love what you've done with the die cuts....I agree, I don't see what purpose the sun die serves, as is. The bright colours are wonderful too!


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