Easy DIY Masculine Cards!
When you look at a flower-themed stamp set with a coordinating die set, you don’t usually think “Oh, I think I will use that to make a batch of men’s cards”. Do you? For example, Celebrate Sunflowers doesn’t scream “use me for men’s cards”,.. take a look at the bundle.
To be honest, this bundle is very flowery and the men in my life are anything but flowery. They like full-contact sports, getting muddy, beer, cars, nature and all that “blokey” stuff.
Look a little deeper
Sometimes it pays you to look past the big flowers and see the little details in a stamp set. In this set, the leaves absolutely beautiful. They cry out to be used on their own.
After a quick glance, I knew they’d create a perfect tone-on-tone monochromatic background. My goal was to create something that was quick and simple to make that would use some of my scraps and didn’t need a lot of supplies. I didn’t even want to use my die-cutting machine. Right now, I’m going through a “pop of colour” phase. (If you got today’s email news from me, you’ll understand what I mean. Check out yesterday’s blog to find out how to subscribe.)
Take a look at what I came up with:
Isn’t that so effective? There is beauty in its simplicity. I love the vintage feel that the crumb cake card stock provides. The pops of green and suede add much-needed vibrancy and lift the whole project. It really is a #simplestamping project. There is not a flower in sight, so it makes the perfect men’s card.
Here’s a closer look at the detail.
Instead of die-cutting, I stamped the leaves in pear pizzazz ink on pear pizzazz cardstock and cut them out with my scissors. (Truth be told, I was too tired to get up from my table and walk to my craft room.)
I grabbed one of the buttons from my homeless embellishments jar (Do you have one of those jars or tins where lost embellishments end up?).
If you look closely at the white circle, you will see a very faint crumb cake leaf in the background. This was achieved by “stamping off” my stamp twice before stamping onto the white punched circle. The only thing on dimensionals on this card is the soft-suede punched circle.
The words stamped in pear pizzazz are from another new stamp set that getting a workout over the past week, the Many Mates stamp set. I’m loving the versatility of this set – it’s a good “all-rounder” to have in your stash – covering everything from thanks to congratulations, get well, and Happy Birthday. Many Mates is an unsung hero in the new catalogue. I’m sure it will get lots of use in my projects over the next few months.
Why stop there?
Let’s “Step It Up”
As much as I love the simplicity of this project, it’s a great time to show you how a small, seemingly insignificant changes can completely change the look of a project. Time to break out the die cutting machine, sponges, and a little bit of linen thread.
Here’s the slightly stepped up version:
The first this you will notice is the sentiment and leaves have moved to the right side of the card rather than the left. Next, you might notice the background looks like crumpled paper giving it a more “old world’ look. This effect was achieved using the new, aptly named, Old World Paper embossing folder. This is one of my favourite new embossing folders.
Take a closer look at the sentiment
The next change you can see is that I’ve swapped the punched suede circle with a die-cut suede circle cut with Stitched Shapes dies. This extra little detail makes it a little more special. This time I die cut the stamped leaves since I already my die-cutting machine out.
Did you notice the edge of the whisper white circle is sponged in crumb cake? This ups the “vintage factor” by softening the stark white.
Another small change is the addition of linen thread to the button adding to the “polish” of the card.
Last but not least, I’ve used a plethora of dimensionals. These wonderful little bits of adhesive foam lift the tip of the top leaf, the button and are between each layer of the sentiment as well as underneath the sentiment.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of changes to make a big difference in how a project looks.
Not vintage enough?
“Step it up” a little more…
Sometimes a really simple project concept provides a fabulous foundation to experiment and build on. The great thing about making men’s cards is there is often some leeway to get a little grungy and messy.
Let me show you what I mean:
The project still uses the same crumb cake base card, colour combination, stamped leaves and sentiment, a button, and layered circles. But this creation has incorporated more background layers, lots of sponging, more stitched circles, flicked ink, extra linen thread, some new die cuts and a Wink of Stella.
Here’s a closer look at the detail.
One of my little quirks is that I love to sneak a bow or two onto masculine projects. (If I thought I could have added pearls or bling, I would have added them too) This time I managed to sneak in two bows. There is so much detail that the guys won’t even notice.
Doesn’t the crumb cake sponging of all the circles just catapult the vintage factor? Yes there is an extra green stitched circle that wasn’t on the previous projects. If you want to make it even more vintage you could swap whisper white cardstock with very vanilla card stock.
Let me tell you about the green die-cut leaves overlaying the stamped leaves. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are a completely different colour green to the stamped leaves. But they’re not! After these intricate leaves were die-cut I simply laid them face down on the pear pizzazz ink pad and pressed them all over. (Clean your hands well after you do this and BEFORE you touch anything else… this prevents ink smudges in unwanted places… learn from my experience.)
Before you die-cut these leaves, stick some the brand new Adhesive Sheets on the back of the card-stock you are cutting. You may have seen these sheets on page 162 of the new annual catalogue. If you do any die-cutting at all these sheets will be your new BEST FRIEND! Trust me on this! No need for messy glue at attach dies to your project when you have this on hand. This is a must-have!!! Do yourself a HUGE favour and make sure it is on your next order.
Compare the three Men’s cards:
Amazing what small changes can do, isn’t it?
Please tell me in the comments below which of these men’s cards is your favourite.
I hope you enjoyed these projects I encourage you to have a play, swap the sentiment, change the green or even turn it sideways! These three cards are starting point to get you thinking about a different way to use this set. I’d love to see your variation, so make sure you send me a picture or tag me on social media.
Until next time… happy creating
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