Simple Masculine Birthday Card

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

I won’t lie, making masculine cards scare me, I always seem to struggle with how and what to create.  That’s why this week I decided to set myself a challenge.  Setting a challenge lets me stretch my creativity to another level, and think outside the box.  As I shared during my Facebook Live today my challenge today was   1. Create a card using a stamp set that I hadn’t used before and 2.  Create a masculine themed card.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Lemon Zest, Hardwood Background Stamp
  • Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake Classic Ink, Memento Black Ink
  • PaperCrumb Cake, Whisper White CS
  • OtherLemon Builder Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread

Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake  CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) scored and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Crumb Cake CS – 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″  and a scrap piece
  • Whisper White – Scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Stamp the Hardwood Background image in Crumb Cake Ink onto 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece Crumb Cake CS.
  2. Wrap the linen thread twice around the stamped CS and tie a bow
  3. Stamp two orange images in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch the oranges using the 1-34/” Circle Punch.  Cut one of the orange images in half.
  4. Stamp three leaf images in Granny Smith Apple Ink on Whisper White CS; punch them out using the Lemon Builder Punch.
  5. Adhere the orange images to the Stamped Crumb Cake CS using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Adhere two of the leaves slightly under the oranges.  Adhere the third leaf using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in Black Memento Ink on a seperate piece of Crumb Cake CS.  Cut out the sentiment and adhere it below the oranges using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Adhere the entire Crumb Cake piece to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Facebook Live (Replay) 

You can watch the replay below.

Tricks & Tips

  • Learn how to create a standard card base HERE

Supplies

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What are you making for Father’s Day?

What are you making for Father’s Day?

This project was featured in my “Ultimate Guide to Masculine Cards” that I posted earlier in the month, if you missed it you can view it HERE.

Coming up with the right colour combination can be tricky.  I like to look at the pattern paper I have and pick my colour combinations from that.  In today’s project I’ve used the Coffee Break Patterned Paper, and the colours I have selected from this paper are

Masculine Colour Combination


From the colour combination I have selected, I’ve decited to use the Crumb Cake and my cardbase with a pop of colour using the Pear Pizzazz.  I didn’t want to make my card to busy with a lot of patterned paper so add texture I went with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  Now, one may look at the Petal Burst Embossing folder and think that would look great for a girly project , the certainly suggests gardens, colours, outdoors.  But by changing the colours it makes a great background piece for my Father’s Day card

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

My Image has been stamped from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp set, and my greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments

DID YOU KNOW that Lovely as a Tree Stamp set was in the very first Australian Stampin’ Up! Catalogue?  Yep, this stamp set is so popular that it has been around for over 12 years in Australia.

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

To finish my card, I’ve added a piece of Twine across the top and tied it into a bow.

Masculine, Father's Day, Lovely as a Tree

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create a Father’s Day card.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

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My Top Five go to items to create masculine cards

My Top Five go to items to create Masculine Cards

For some reason, many of us come up with a creative block when it comes to masculine cards, therefore, today I want to share with you my Top five (5) go-to items to Create Masculine Cards

Cardstock 

Often the first stumbling block is colour. Colours for guys, especially in clothing, have truly evolved! Check out the men’s clothing department for inspiration. While you are there, take a moment to explore the different patterns in the fabrics. Here are some of my favourite colour combinations for Masculine Cards

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Masculine Colour Combination #2

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Punches & Die Cuts

Punches and die cuts are a fun way to add interest to your projects.  Try looking for punches that you can use for a duel purpose.  For eg Fox builder punch will be great for a Masculine card but change the colours to soft subtitles and it will also be great for as a baby card.  This gives you flexibility and also helps you get the most out of your supplies .

I like to use border punches and the Ticket Tear border punch is perfect to add that interest for a masculine card.

My go-to embossing folders are the Pinewood Planks and Brick wall as these give the outdoor feel to a card.  But try using some of the other folders as well and think outside the box.  Like Polka Dot Basics and Petal Burst Embossing Folders.  When paired with correct colour combination these to will also give you texture for your masculine card

Patterned Paper

Patterned Paper is my first go-to item when creating Masculine projects, and Stampin’ Up! make it so easy for us by providing a Cardstock pack to match their Patterned Paper packs.  Currently in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalogue there are 3 patterned Paper packs that I like to use for Masculine Cards.

    • Wood Textures Paper Pack – This pack screams Masculine to me.  Those wood textures look amazing
    • Coffee Break – and I love the coordinating Cardstock pack as well.
    • Pick a Pattern – Took me a while to love this, but the patterns that have been used are great for masculine projects.

Embellishments

Picking embellishments can sometimes be a bit tricking as the go to flower elements and bows will not work here.  Try looking for embellishments and ribbon that have a natural feel to them.  Buttons are always a favourite of mine.  Here is a list of my favourite items from our 2017-2018  Annual Catalogue

    • Corrugated Elements – try changing the colour by sponging ink over the top
    • Hearts & Star Elements
    • Touches of Nature elements
    • Burlap Ribbon
    • Linen Thread

Stamps

I love Background stamps they’re so easy to use and if I can’t find the perfect patterned paper than Background stamps is my next go-to item.

There are not a lot of Masculine Themed stamp sets available in the current Annual Catalogue but my go-to everytime is Lovely as a Tree.  This stamp set has been around forever, in fact it has been in every annual catalogue since Stampin’ Up! first opened in Australia back in 2006.

When searching for greetings, look at the fonts.  You don’t want curvy fonts for a masculine project, but some nice straight characters are best. For example, the fonts int eh “Guy Greeting” stamp set and “One Wild Ride” are perfect for your masculine project.  You can also create your own greeting using the Labeler Alphabet Stamp set

If you’re looking for more masculine project ideas be sure to check out this month’s Class-To go featuring Lovely as a Tree HERE

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide

Many people find it difficult to create masculine cards.  If you are one of them, then this “Ultimate Masculine Cardmaking Guide ​”  is for you.  Masculine cards are not just needed for Father’s Day, but throughout the year as well.  However, with Father’s Day approaching it is the perfect time to discuss this topic.

 

Creating cards for guys can be easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.  The items that are always in my card-making collection are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbons & Punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.

 

Cardstock

For your cardbase, select a neutral colour cardstock such as  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try dry embossing your cardstock.

Punches

Border punches are a fun way to add movement and dimension to paper.  For masculine cards, swap your favourite Decorative Ribbon border punch for a Ticket Tear border punch instead. And don’t forget that simple rounded corners can help make a design a bit more interesting as well

Patterned Paper

In selecting patterned papers, go for basic designs such as grids, stripes and check.  Also, subtle prints that are tone-on-tone make the colour pop instead of the design on the paper.

You can also reach for themed products that lend themselves to male topics or themes that relate to the person for whom you are creating for.

Embellishments

No card design is complete without embellishments.  A flower might be your typical go-to embellishment but that won’t work here. Consider using circles, stars or other geometric shapes.

For a really dynamic card, create a shape that is textured, using corrugated paper.

Embellishments such as these can be painted or inked to match your project perfectly.

Instead of adding rhinestones or basic pearls as a finishing touch, reach for buttons, which work perfectly on masculine cards.

Finally, swap our silk ribbons and laces for linen thread, burlap or baker’s twine.  wrapping twine around a card multiple times and tying into a simple bow finishes off a card as beautifully as ribbon.

Ultimate Masculine Card Making Guide
As you can see there are truly many options for creating masculine cards, and this was just a small sampling of the possibilities.  I hope this has helped nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create!

 

View more Masculine Project ideas in my FREE Resource Library HERE

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

Masculine – Die Cut Inlay

A Die cut inlay is not a new technique it has been around for some time.  Die Cut Inlay is when you cut an image or shape and put it back in the same place, this give it a bit of dimension as appose to leaving your image just stamped.

I’ve created my background using a sponging technique and various colours (Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler & Cajun Craze).  Sponging is one of the most easiest and cheapest ways to add contrast and character to your project.  Learn more about Stampin’ Up! Sponges HERE

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

I’ve stamped my image from Vintage Leaves Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and Gold Embossing Powder.  Next I Die cutted the image using my coordinating Framelits Leaflets Framelits. After adhering my sponged cardstock to my Cajun Craze Mat I replaced my die cut image with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tricks & Tips

  • Hold your sponge tightly and start my sponging off the cardstock to remove any excess ink and then gradually in a circular motion sponge onto the cardstock til you have the desired effect.

Vintage Leaves, Thankful Thoughts

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create this card, including supplies and trick and tips on creating a Die Cut Inlay effect in your project

Supplies

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Masculine Thank You Card

Masculine Thank You Card

In today’s project we’re creating Masculine Thank You Card.  I always have to stop and think when I need to create a card for a guy as the usual flowers and pretty ribbons are not going to work when creating masculine cards.

Vintage Leaves, Hardwood, One Big Meaning

I wanted to use the Hardwood Stamp for my background however, the stamp is smaller than the standard size card so to make things easier I just cut a piece of Always Artichoke CS 28 x 10.5cm scored and folded in half to create my cardbase.

I stamp my leaf image from Vintage Leaves onto scrap pieces of Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Old Olive CS using Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using Clear embossing powder and a Heat tool.

The greeting comes from One Big Meaning Stamp Set and coloured using Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers.

Tricks & Tips

  • Don’t have Stampin’ Write Markers?  Mask off bottom part of the greeting and stamp the top part with Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink, Clean the stamp and mask the top part of the greeting and ink the bottom with Always Artichoke Classic Ink, using a stamp-a-ma-jig stamp the bottom part of the greeting

Video Tutorial

Will show you how to create this card, including supplies and trick and tips on stamping a multi coloured greeting

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

I have included the Stampin’ Write Marker colour families in the product list below as they cannot be purchased separately
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Looking for more project ideas? Check out my Resource Library for other project ideas and techniques

Masculine – For You

One of the most common requests we hear over and over again is for more masculine-themed card ideas. Most card makers would agree it’s much easier to create a card for a girl than a guy.  You can’t layer a floral spray, lace and a greeting on a card and expect a guy to appreciate it!

Creating cards for guys can be easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.  The items that are always in my card-making collection are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbons & Punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.  Read on as I share with you some tips on creating cards for guys.

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Cardstock: For your cardbase, select a neutral colour cardstock such as  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try dry embossing your cardstock, or stamp a background stamp in a lighter shade.  On today’s card, I’ve used Delightful Dijon cardbase and stamped a background stamp from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set repeatedly to the front of the card, using the stamp off technique.
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Ink: One layer cards don’t have to be boring, and with a few different techniques you can create some great masterpieces.  For this card I wanted to add texture to the background and to do this you will need to choose 2 colours of dye‐ based ink. TIP:  choose colours that are next to each other in the colour wheel that way they will blend well together.

I started with the lightest colour of ink (So Saffron). Press it a number of times onto a non‐ stick craft sheet (alternately you can use heavy weight plastic or wax paper). Make sure that your “pool” of ink is larger than the surface area of your card, I took my Whisper White Cardstock and carefully drag it through the pool of ink.

Next press the second colour of ink (Delightful Dijon)  2‐3 times onto the non‐stick craft mat then drag my Whisper White piece again through the pool of ink, lifting the cardstock  and then re‐drag it in another area of your ink.  Repeat until you have as much coverage as desired.

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Selecting an image:  Look for a generic image, a tree or branch,  a bird, a boat or car.  My favourite go to stamp set for masculine cards is Lovely as a Tree,  which has been stamped onto my custom background using Black Archival Ink.  Find a greeting to match your card.  Choose greetings that match your card design, look at the style of the font as well as the type of greeting will help you decide what to use.

Embellishments: No card design is complete without embellishments.  A flower might be your typical go-to embellishment but that won’t work here. Consider using circles, stars or other geometric shapes.  For a really dynamic card, create a shape that is textured, using corrugated paper.  Embellishments such as these can be painted or inked to match your project perfectly. Reach for buttons, which work perfectly on masculine cards.  Change colour of your rhinestones or basic pearls by colouring them in with sharpie markers like I have on today’s project.  Finally, swap our silk ribbons and laces for linen thread or baker’s twine, wrapping twine around a card multiple times and tying into a simple bow finishes off a card as beautifully as a ribbon.

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I’ve also created  video for you on how this project was created.  You can view the video below

 

As you can see there are truly many options for creating masculine cards, and this was just a small sampling of the possibilities.  I hope this has helped nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create!

Find more ideas for masculine cards on the links below

Use those Scraps  

Masculine Cards for Guys

Easy to Make Cards for Boys & Men

 

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Use Those Scraps!

I am like the rest of you; I have a couple of envelopes of scraps from past projects that have gathered on my desk. There’s a small box of papers and a tin full of random embellishments, a few stamped images and bits of ribbons. These things have been accumulating for months and haven’t made it off my desk and onto a project yet.

Let’s start with my scraps of paper. I grabbed a few of my favorite punches. I took the longer, skinnier strips of “Go Wild” Designer Series paper from my scraps and punched a bunch of different size circles using my 1/2″ and 3/4″ circle punches to use on my card.

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I’ve stamped my greeting from “I Think You’re Great” Stamp set in Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink and randomly added my different size circle punches around it.  To finish, I’ve created a faux stitching around the card using my Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Write Marker from 2015- 2017 In-Colours.

Leave me a comment and share how you store and use your scraps and left over pieces from projects.

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Masculine Cards for Guys!

Many people find it difficult to create masculine cards.  The best way to begin is to get into the right mindset — be open to the possibilities and try not to limit your thinking to what items you can actually use on a masculine card.  For some reason many of us come up with a creative block when it comes to masculine cards.  Often the first stumbling block is colour, try to use warm, neutral colours like browns and black with a pop of colour. 

In today's project  I have used Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

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Another element to think about is patterns and / or images.  Images can set the tone for the card, they can be a focal point like the greetings I have used in today's project or even a background image for example a wood grain effect, which has been clear embossed to add texture to my project 

You can view the video below on how my project was created today

As you can see there are a many options for creating masculine cards, and this is just a small sample.  I hope this has helped you nudge any creative block you might have with regards to masculine cards and that you are now inspired to create.

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Heat Tool

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Easy-to-Make Cards for Men & Boys

Do you find it easier to create cards for the women in you life versus the men?  It is because we are drawn more to products and projects we can identify with?  Creating cards for guys can be just as easy if you follow a few basic tips and keep it simple.

The items that are always in my card-making arsenal are cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbon and punches.  When designing a card for one of the guys in my life, I use the same basic supplies but with a little creative twist.

For your card base, select a neutral colour card stock such as Crumb Cake, Whisper White, or Early Espresso.  These colours have a natural or organic feel to them and are versatile enough to use for any card design.  To create additional texture or interest, try embossing your cardstock.

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You can watch the video below / watch on youtube

Dimensions

  • Basic Black Cardstock: 29.5 x 10.5cm 
  • Whisper White Cardstock: scrap piece 

Supplies

Stamp : Crazy About You Wood Stamp Set , Crazy About You Clear Stamp Set , Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Ink : White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen , Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad , Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker , Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad , Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Refill
Card Stock : Basic Black A4 Card Stock
Big Shot : Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder