Masculine Card

Happy Pi Day, everyone!  Yes, it’s March 14th, also known as 3/14 or 3.14, which in math, is Pi!  I guess my son’s grade 11 Mathematics teacher wasn’t thinking of the date when my son said ‘Happy Pi Day’ to him, as my son actually had to explain it!
So, on the topic of sons, or males in general – do you find it difficult to make a card that is suitable for a ‘guy’?  I always find that I have lots of ‘pretty’ stamps and embellishments, but to make a card that won’t embarrass the men in my family, I have to work at it!

I find the key is to keep it clean and simple (or CAS).  Knowing the colours your recipient likes helps, as well as if you’re able to incorporate one of their hobbies or special ‘likes’.

Here’s a birthday card I made recently for my youngest son’s 14th birthday:

Obviously, knowing what my son likes was a big boost here!  He plays bass guitar, he likes music, and being a teenager, likes to be an individual while not sticking out too much!  So here, I started with a basic A2 card base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), layered a Real Red on top of that, then layered DSP (Designer Series Paper) from the ‘Well Worn’ collection on top of that.  To make the coloured squares on the smaller Whisper White mat, I inked directly onto my clear blocks – using the colours to match those in the DSP. I sponged around the edge of the WW mat with ‘Early Espresso’ ink, to soften the edge so it blended better with the card.  I then stamped and cut out the ‘Extreme Guitar’ stamp (it’s retired – I bought it from another demonstrator ‘specially for my son’s card!) and popped it up on dimensionals next to the colour blocks.  Then I used the Scallop Oval punch & punched a Real Red oval, and topped that with an oval stamped from another retired set ‘Birthday Wishes’.

The good news is that he liked the card!  Of course, everyone knows that a hand-made card has a lot of time and love spent on it, and that makes it extra special 🙂 

Let me know if you have had any challenges with making masculine cards, and how you’ve solved them!  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

About debsmart

Being creative is my 'thing'! Well, that and coffee. I enjoy creating with stamps, inks, paints & more.
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4 Responses to Masculine Card

  1. Hi Deborah,What a great card for a teenage boy. I like how you used a clear block to make those background squares.Check out my blog at . Tina

  2. This is a great card! I have 3 teenage boys, 2 of which play the bass guitar… I guess I need to get my hands on that stamp set. It is often difficult to make masculine cards. I have a couple stamp sets that the men in my family favor the cards to make out of them…A couple of them are retired sets that I bought off someone else and they don’t have the names of the sets on them but one has a fish and a fisherman in a boat along with a fishing pole; another set has a swiss army knife, pocket watch and a couple other stamps in it; and then I got a set for the younger boys in the family that has a fire truck, fireman, hose and a firehouse dog. I also have the set from the current catalog with the moose and pheasant; Countryside; Clockworks; Best Mate and Best Dad Ever. So I actually have a few options but at times I still find it frustrating to make sure I make a card for someone special that I haven’t made before. At this point I think it makes a difference by changing up colors, papers and layouts. Thanks for sharing and listening to me ramble on.

    • debsmart says:

      I know exactly what you mean, Elle! It can be hard to find a good variety of stamps for ‘guy’ cards. I mean, we don’t want to keep using the same ones over & over, especially for giving to the same people! Have you checked out the new ‘Guy Greetings’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up!? It’s got lots of different images to choose from 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment on my card – I hope you find some inspiration here on my blog!

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