Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sometimes It's a Struggle!

I don't know why but masculine cards are a struggle for me to make.  I'm not talking about little boy stuff...I'm talking about cards for grown men!  I love ribbon, lace, bling....I'm quite the girly-girl when it comes to cards but those elements don't often work well on cards for men!

I needed a birthday card for a man so sat down to see what I could come up with.  I really had fun doing this...I did have to tweak a few things but was happy with the result.

And here it is:

BTW, I scanned this.  I never scan.  I barely even know how to scan but thought I'd give it a try tonight.  I'm not certain the colors are true but then they don't always show up accurately in photos either.  Anyway, this gives you a good idea of what the card looked like but it IS cuter in real life!

OK, I went ahead and took a photo of it this morning...this is straight out of the camera.  And in the background is my cute little dog, Isabella, who turned 2 yesterday!  Happy Birthday, Izzie....but now that you are technically 14 years old can you CALM DOWN A BIT????

Well, the colors look much better than in the scanned image AND you get to see Isabella!

I used Joy Ride paper by Cosmo Cricket and a piece of Papertrey Ink cardstock for the base.  Most of the stamps I used were from the Oh Happy Day set by Unity Stamps but I did use the star stamps from the Everyday Life set by Close to My Heart. I used Archival Ink: Jet Black.   Edges were scuffed up with the Tim Hotlz distresser and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I also used a little Distress Stickles (Rock Candy) on the little candle to jazz it up a bit.  I also used a Fiskars border punch as well as an EK success one.  I also used a little twine that I picked up in the jewelry section at Michaels. I also used a good bit of foam tape to pop up some of the items on the card.

I think this looks manly enough...don't you?

Happy Crafting!


  1. Love the card and love seeing that puff ball you call a dog in the background! [belated] Happy Birthday, Izzie!

  2. You did a great job on the masculine- great paper layering. You are not alone...I struggle with the guy cards as well- it's really tough not to "pretty it up" :)Amy

  3. Great masculine card Susan, Love all the colors, great papers, and the stars are awesome.

  4. So many elements and such fun to look at Susan


  5. Good job on card. Especially like the stars the way they look 3D. Like seeing Isabel in photo. As you know Teddy is 10 and has still not calmed down.


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