Card, Papertrey Ink

Black-Striped Birthday Cards

by May Park-

Hey everyone on this happy summer day! I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend. Popping in to share a card that I made a few days ago. My inspiration came from a DSW shopping bag. Anyone of you who have no idea what it looks like, just click here. It is a brown bag with the brand name between black stripes. I opted to follow the color combo and layout from the bag.


To create the black stripes, firstly, I attempted heat embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder. The result was not good, though. It looked messy and grungy. Then I tried a masking technique over the Kraft paper and colored the spaces in between using Copic black marker. I used the Post-it-notes for masking, but they didn’t work well, because the color got smudged under the edges of the Post-it.


The last thing I tried was using scor tape, and I got a pretty successful result. I drew the lines using a pencil and ruler. Then I applied some scor tape along each lines with a large space left for the sentiment. Next, I peeled off the backing, sprinkled some black power, and brushed off of the excess. After that, I added the sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday by Papertrey Ink.


I almost put some bling onto the card. I’m glad I resisted the temptation and kept my card one layer and CAS as well. Oh, I’m not sure if I can call this a clean card, because I used Kraft and black which aren’t bright with no white space. What do you think? Hope you like my creation as much as I do. 😉


FYI, one of my favorite blogs to stop by and take some time to see is the Kwerner Design Blog by Kristina Werner. Recently she started her new Friday Focus miniseries, called Inspired By. I love to see how she uses ordinary things as an inspiration to create cards. She already uploaded three videos that showed how she came up with ideas from a laptop sleeve, a quilt, and a cosmetic bag. Check out her fabulous cardmaking videos here on YouTube. Since then I wanted to make my own card using some things around my craft desk. Then I ended up with black-striped birthday cards, inspired by a DSW shopping bag.

By the way, I’m entering my cards into the following challenges: Less is More Week 125 and CAS on Sunday #11.

I hope you are having fun looking my cards. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

May Park



  1. Janneke

    What a lovely card ;o)
    Thank you joining us at CAS on Sunday!

    06 . Jul . 2013
  2. tbabingtoncraftswag

    Love love the black and Kraft !!

    04 . Jul . 2013
  3. Suzie

    I love this CAS card esp the striking colour combo x
    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin’ for the weekend & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

    04 . Jul . 2013
  4. Joan

    Fabulous card and sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

    Joan x

    02 . Jul . 2013
  5. Bianca

    Wonderfull! I love your card! Thank you for joining us at Fairytale Challenge! xx Bianca

    28 . Jun . 2013
  6. Jen

    fab card
    thank you so much for the birthday wishes.
    “Less Is More”

    28 . Jun . 2013
  7. Shelly K

    LOVE this!! 🙂 Thanks for playing with us at CAS on Sunday!

    28 . Jun . 2013
  8. Susan Kennedy

    Beautiful cards!! I love the black and the kraft!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Crafting When We Can!!! Good Luck! I hope I see you again for our next challenge 🙂

    – Susan, DT @ Crafting When We Can
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Sentimental Susan}

    28 . Jun . 2013
  9. Pami

    Just love these!! Thanks for sharing with us at Pollycraft for our “Anything Goes” challenge, good luck! Pami x

    28 . Jun . 2013
  10. vicky

    Fantastic card love the effect with those colours really stands out, thanks for joining us on crafting when we can, hugs Vicky

    26 . Jun . 2013
  11. elena

    Wow! I love it! It’s so elegant. I saw it on Make it Monday.

    26 . Jun . 2013
  12. paru mahtani

    Such a fabulous card!! Just love the design…full of punch!! great job!!

    26 . Jun . 2013
  13. maria f.

    Wow – that birthday card is so striking. I like the thicker stripes.

    26 . Jun . 2013
  14. Jayne

    Wow love the simplicity of these yet they are so effective! Thanks for joining us over at LRW this week.

    25 . Jun . 2013
  15. Lynn Darda

    I love your CAS Kraft/black combo card. Thanks for sharing at the Kraft Journal blog. Thanks for the link to that site which I will be checking out for inspiration myself!

    25 . Jun . 2013
  16. Beverley

    Love this, so striking and bold yet CAS too! Hugs Bev x

    25 . Jun . 2013
  17. Susan Stacey

    Lovely designs. To be in with a chance of winning at Penny Black & More you do need to mention this in your blog and link it. Still time too x Susan x

    25 . Jun . 2013
  18. Brenda

    Stunning creations and really clever use of the colours.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

    25 . Jun . 2013
  19. Miho

    Hi friend! Your new card really caught my eyes!! Wonderful work and good inspiration from shopping bag!! Haha:D I’m struggling to make mine these days but your card cheers me up for creating something! Thanks.

    25 . Jun . 2013
  20. Chrissie

    The black stripes look great after all those attempts!
    Super card!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

    24 . Jun . 2013
  21. Monika Reeck

    Oh wooowwww I love the clean and simple too and this is gorgeous…great for Manly card..and thanks for the tutorial too…Great card…love this

    I see your card on Make It Monday blog, you can see my card on MIM too, my one is number 43. Have a great day 🙂 Hugs, Monika from Germany

    24 . Jun . 2013
  22. Jackie Wallace

    Fabulous card! Love the clean and simple style! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make the awesome stripes! So glad you shared on Make it Monday!

    24 . Jun . 2013
  23. cham

    I really love the stamp that you used and design of cards. It looks like a café sign.

    24 . Jun . 2013
  24. Loz

    Beautiful card May. I saw this on MIM..Loz

    24 . Jun . 2013
  25. joey

    I LOVE these cards, they are so striking and have such an elegant look to them. Popped over from mim. Joey xx

    24 . Jun . 2013

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