Masculine Cards – Curtain Fold Technique

Button Up Shirt - Curtain fold technique

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a video tutorial to share with all of you!  Father’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I would share a quick and simple masculine card idea.  This card is perfect for Father’s Day or any other occasion! It is based on the Drapery Fold or Curtain Fold technique that I shared with you a few weeks back, only this time we are using the fold to create a collar for a button up shirt!

Vintage Guy Greetings

guy greetings classic carGood Morning! Today I have a super fun masculine card design to share with you.  Each month I strive to design at least one masculine style card for my in person classes. I hope you enjoy it! To make this card, start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card.  The neutral colors are the best for creating vintage style cards. Cut a 3 x 5 1/4 inch piece of the Typeset Designer Paper (DSP). Randomly stamp the antique card image from the Guy Greetings stamp set all over the DSP using soft suede ink. Sponge a bit of crumb cake ink all over the DSP to give it a “worn” or antiqued look. Adhere the DSP to lower part of your card front. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock. Now I used a retired notebook punch for the top of the cardstock; if you don’t have the punch you can leave the top straight or tear it.  After punching the top, tear the bottom of the vanilla cardstock and sponge some crumb cake ink all over the edges. Wrap some linen thread around the vanilla cardstock and secure it in the back. Punch 2 holes in the vanilla cardstock, as shown, and fasten a few antique brads. Adhere the entire vanilla piece to the top of your card, overlapping the DSP. Stamp the little happy birthday sentiment on a scrap piece of paper and punch it out with the washi label punch. Adhere this in between the brads as shown. For the finishing touch, stamp the “to a classic” sentiment on a piece of 3/4 inch wide vanilla cardstock; snip the ends, cutting one of the ends into a banner, and sponge it with a bit of crumb cake ink. Enjoy!

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Adventurous Guy Greetings

Today I have yet another masculine card idea for you using the new Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is the 6th masculine creation with this stamp set and designer paper! So if you missed the first 5 simply click on the “masculine” category on the right hand side of this website and it will take you to the other creations.guy greetings birthday plaidFor this project, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock for your matte. Grab 2 different patterns from the Adventure Bound DSP pack. Cut two 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch pieces from each of the DSP patterns and secure them to the early espresso cardstock as shown. Leave some of the early espresso show through so it mattes out your DSP! Cut a 3 x 2 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 2 inch piece of sahara sand cardstock.  Stamp the old fashion car image and a the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the sahara sand cardstock. I used early espresso ink for the sentiment and sahara sand ink for the car.  Add a few neutral candy dots to the upper right hand corner of the card to embellish it. Enjoy!

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Life Lessons

guy greetings toolsJust in case you haven’t noticed, the Guy Greetings stamp set has become one of my “go to” sets for creating masculine themed cards. Yep, it has! And today I have yet another fun design to share with all of you. I created this particular card for my Dad as I thought it would be the perfect Father’s Day card for him since he was a craftsman (woodworker) by trade. So I know he will love it!

To make this card, start with a piece of early espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock. Rough up the edges with a distressing tool and then sponge a bit of early espresso ink over the distressed areas to give it a worn look. Stamp the “righty tighty” and “life lessons” sentiments in the corners of the paper using cajun craze ink. Cut two 3 1/4 x 2 1/8 inch pieces of the plaid and hounds tooth patterns from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper pack. layer these 2 DSP pieces as shown. Stamp the wrench image on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and punch it out with the note tag. Punch out a cajun craze colored decorative label to use as a matte behind the wrench images. Sponge some early espresso ink on these pieces as well. Run a piece of the natural chevron trim ribbon across the card (I placed the chevron side of the ribbon face down on the card). Layer the wrench image and decorative label over the ribbon and secure with dimensionals.  For the finishing touches, add a few candy dots to the ribbon. Enjoy!

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Hats off to You

guy greetings hatsHere’s another masculine project for you! And yes, I again used the Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper.  Two great products that just seem to work so well together!  For this particular project I wanted to try something a little different.  I used the hats image in the Guy Greetings stamp set to create a fun little background.

To make this project, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and stamp the “hats” image across the cardstock using early espresso ink. Cut a 2 1/8 x 4 inch piece of the plaid paper from the adventure bound designer series paper pack and secure it to the lower half of the card.  I was careful not to cover up the hats! Next, cut out a piece of very vanilla cardstock using the apothecary accent framelit shape (as shown in the pic). I trimmed off the right half of the accent so that it was straight. Stamp the hats image onto this piece using the stamp off technique and cajun craze ink. The stamp off technique involves inking up your stamp, stamping it on a scrap piece of paper and then, without re-inking it, stamping it onto your project. Then simply stamp the sentiments over the top of the hats using early espresso ink.  For the finishing touch, embellish it with a little button and linen thread. Enjoy!

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You’re a Classic

guy greetings classic carI have simply been having a blast with the products from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogs! Today’s project is another masculine themed card which showcases the new Guy Greetings stamp set! I think this is fast becoming one of my favorites…even more so than the Open Sea stamp set! For this project, I also used the new Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP). This particular paper pack contains wonderful masculine themed prints.

To make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock. Cut a 3 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the plaid paper from the Adventure Bound DSP pack. Secure all of these layers together with your snail runner. Stamp the classic card, using early espresso ink, on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and cut it out with one of the Apothecary Accents. Leave enough room to stamp “dad” on the accent piece; use cajun craze ink for this. Sponge a bit of early espresso ink around the accent piece. Tie a bit of linen thread around the bottom half of the card and then secure the accent piece over the top using dimensionals. Stamp the “you’re a classic” phrase on a scrap piece of very vanilla paper and hand cut the words into square blocks; secure to the card as shown. For the finishing touch, add a few early espresso (neutrals collection) candy dots. Enjoy!

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No One Else Could Fill Your Shoes ~ Guy Greetings

guy greetings dadMany of you have been asking for masculine themed cards. Well, today I have another fun design to share which features a great new masculine stamp set called Guy Greetings.  This is the second of six different cards I designed with this new set. Plus all six of the cards feature masculine style prints from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. So let’s take a look at this design…

To make this card, start with a piece of early espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 2 x 5 1/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock and a 2 x 5 1/4 inch piece of the checkered sahara sand DSP. Punch the DSP with the spiral border punch to give it the appearance of pages ripped from a notebook. Secure that piece to the left side of your card front. Stamp  the “DAD” sentiment on the top part of the very vanilla piece with early espresso ink (Note: you can add the … with an early espresso marker). Stamp the shoes on a scrap piece of very vanilla and punch them out with the large oval…add an extra large oval using cajun craze cardstock to matte it out. Stamp the “no one else could fill your shoes” sentiment on a scrap piece of cajun craze cardstock and punch it out with the ticket punch. Sponge a bit of early espresso ink on the ovals and ticket pieces. Secure these pieces to the very vanilla cardstock. For the finishing touches, cut a 1 x 5 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and tear the long edge. Cut a 3/4 inch piece of the plaid DSP. Layer these two pieces to cover the seam in the middle of your card. Voila! You have a very masculine card design! Enjoy!

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Guy Greetings

guy greetings birthdaySo today I thought I would start to share some of the wonderful new products coming out in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog on January 6, 2015!  This will be sort of a little new catalog “reveal” week to get you all excited about all of the fun things that will be available to you in a bout a week!  Besides the new spring “Occasions” catalog it also marks the start of Sale-a-bration (SAB)!  stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year!  For every $50 you spend you receive an SAB catalog item for FREE!  And there are simply amazing products in both catalogs!  Need a catalog? Just click on the “stampin news & catalogs” link at the top of this page and sign up!  I will pop one in the mail to you for free!

So let’s talk about the very first new catalog project I have to share with you today! I was immediately drawn to a new stamp set called “Guy Greetings” because I am always looking for images to design masculine cards….and this stamp set has a bunch! My favorite image is this classic car! My family is big into antiques and vintage items so this card will be perfect for my Dad’s birthday in January. Besides the awesome images in this set, there is also a wonderful new set of masculine designer papers, called Adventure Bound, to work with. The colors are fabulous and you will certainly see that with the projects I will share over the course of this week. So…to make this card, I started with a piece of cajun craze cardstock for the base of the card. Emboss the front of the card with the lattice embossing folder (or any of your favorites). Cut a 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of very vanilla cardstock…you will do your stamping on the vanilla piece. Stamp the classic car image using early espresso ink and the happy birthday sentiment using cajun craze (both of these images are in the new Guy Greetings stamp set). Grab some of the Adventure Bound DSP that has the following colors: sahara sand, cajun craze and early espresso. Cut the sahara sand piece to 1 1/4 x 3 inches, the plaid cajun piece to 2 x 3/4 inches and the early espresso piece to 1 x 2 1/2 inches…snip the bottom of each piece to form a banner, then simply layer them as shown. Super simple and very masculine card design to put together. You will love this set so put it on your wish list for January 6th! 🙂

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