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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