Male cards are renowned for being tricky to make, particulary in my family I find as apart from working, driving or football nothing much is of interest. Thats why I love the Geared Up Garage suite of products as pretty much any male I know loves cars and driving so all the car themed mechanic images work wonderful for those tricky make birthdays.
By using the Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ DSP Stack this card pretty much made itself. I chose two different patterns to split the card up, the ribbon adds a line of definition between them and helped to line up my Happy Birthday sentiment perfectly. The ribbon I used was some retired Real Red Grosgrain but this could easily be swapped for the 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon in the Annual Catalogue.
To decorate the inside of the card I added a matching sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and added some more nuts to the corners of the card in Basic Grey.
Hope this male card has given you a starting point for using the Geared Up Garage Suite of products.
For today’s project I’ve made a quick birthday card which will suit anyone who loves nature. I’ve kept the colour scheme very simple with Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake but used different textures and layers to add interest.
The background was created by simply stamping the small leaf randomly all over my card base in Tranquil Tide to give a tone on tone look. The Simple Stripes Embossing Folder adds some texture to the Crumb Cake layer, a little inking to the edges adds a little more definition to the ripped edges.
Some of the Nature’s Twine in Crumb Cake adds a final touch of texture along with the raised up Scots Pine die cut from the Nature’s Roots Framelits. The happy birthday greeting is from Perennial Birthday.
Being from a town which is cycling mad I knew I had to get the Enjoy Life stamp set with the bicycle image. Pairing that with the Best Route DSP and I’ve created a birthday which I think would be suitable for any male cycle enthusiast.
I think the Happy Birthday sentiment from Perennial Birthday is the perfect match for this card as its not too feminine. I also added a little decoration to the inside of this card so I could use another sentiment from the set.
Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project, hopefully I’ll come up with more ideas for male birthday cards soon.
Today I’ve got a masculine birthday card, I really struggle making these as I’m definitely a floral girl but I think this turned out ok. I used a combination of the Wood Words and Confetti Celebrations on this card. I really need to add some more birthday sentiments to my collection I think as I only have a couple suitable for males.
I went with the colour combination of Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze and Wood which I think have worked well together. To make the Happy Birthday rectangle have a stitched edge you can use the stitched shape dies and do you clever cutting. I used the third biggest square on this project.
To make the rectangle place the die on the bigshot but leave one edge over-hanging the cutting plates, if the die has no pressure it won’t cut. Run through the bigshot and then move the die along to the uncut side. To line up you can use the slight indentation the die edge has left on the cardstock. For the second run through just make sure the opposite side of the die is over hanging the cardstock.
To finish the card stamp and die cut some stars in Dapper Denim and Cajun craze and arrange randomly around the card front, allowing a couple to overlap the greetings panel.
Hope you enjoyed this quick little project and join me tomorrow for more ideas using the World Card Making Day sale stamps.
Today’s card was inspired by challenge #089 over at Global Design Project which was to use the colours Basic Black, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, sadly I didn’t manage to enter as I struggled with this combo but here is my card:
I really didn’t want to make a floral card so it took me a while to come up with an idea and it was Eastern Beauty to the rescue. I just started stamping and came up with this pattern.
I used the new Ticket Tear Boarder punch to an interesting edge to the stamped panel and I used the Old Olive ombre paper from the Colour Theory DSP stack as a background on the Basic Black card base.
The greeting comes from the Rose Wonder stamp set and was cut out with the Rose Garden Framelits.
With Father’s Day just three weeks away I decided it was time to add to my stash of male cards. I chose to use the retiring Urban District stamp set as this is a very male themed set. All three of the cards I made could be used for Father’s Day but also Dad birthday’s as I’ve not used the phrase “Father’s Day” on any of them.
For all three cards I kept to a colour scheme of Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry. I think you could replace the Cherry Cobbler with either Garden Green or Dapper Denim if these colours were more suited to your dad.
The first cards also uses the Labeler Alphabet to create the DAD background. I stamped each letter individually as there wasn’t two “d” letters in either font. This took a little time but I think is a great effect. I then simply finished this card by stamping the hexagon in Crushed Curry and cutting it out ( if you have the Build It Framelits there is a matching die in the set). I then simply added a couple of strips of cardstock in Early Expresso and Cherry Cobbler as an anchor for my hexagon. To finish the card I added a few loops of linen thread behind the hexagon before I stuck in down.
With the second card I made I still wanted to create a background with words so I chose the “world’s greatest” and stamped in all down the card front in Early Expresso. Looking at the card now I wish I’d used Crumb Cake or Versa mark for a more tone on tone effect as I think the letters would have stood out more.
This final card is my favourite because I love how much the Dad letters stand out and how you can really see what detailed stamps they are with all the little icons. I love that there is even a tractor on them, which makes them perfect for all the important men in my life.
Here are all three together, I’d love to know which is your favourite?
Remember the Urban District stamp set is on the retiring list and only available until Wednesday 31st May.
This week’s Global Design Project challenge was a sketch challenge, if you want to join in you can find more details here. I love sketch challenges as they give a real focus to my crafting which is sometimes needed when you mountains of pretty products begging to be used.
After having a look through my supplies I decided to base my card around this stripy paper from the By the Shore DSP collection, which has sadly been left in its pack as I’m not a huge Calypso Coral fan. Anyway this paper just reminded me of my dad’s favourite summer shirt, which if you’d met him would find odd as he’s a sheep farmer from Yorkshire so can usually been found in wellies and overalls and not dressed up and most certainly not in Coral!
I decided to make him a Father’s Day card as June 18th will soon be here and he really is one in a million, he has to put with me as a daughter doesn’t he. I chose Calypso Coral as a card base and actually really like how it turned out.
The sentiment on the T-Shirt is actually two stamps. I stamped the One in A Million sentiment and then wanted the word Dad. So I took the Rad Dad stamp from the same set and covered the Rad part up with washi tape, I used the Mint Macaron Vine washi from the Affectionately Yours collection which fitted perfectly. Ink up the stamp and then remove the washi before stamping and there you have a perfectly stamped greeting…first time too.
The You’re the Best sentiment comes from the Urban District stamp set which is perfect for fathers day cards. I finished the card off with a few enamel stars in Dapper Denim because I love them and they just add that little something.
I hope you like todays project and I really hope my dad likes it too.