The Challenge of Making Masculine CardsMasculine cards are the ones that I struggle the most to make -- how about you? I used to think it was because I gravitate towards really feminine images. But I was thinking about this again recently, and realized that it's really because it's so hard to find good masculine stamp sets. That is why, when I saw the "Nature's Wish" stamp set in the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations catalogue, I snatched it right up.
Not only does Nature's Wish feature gorgeous images that are perfect for this time of year, but the sayings are geared towards men in particular. I'm blessed to have some really amazing men in my life, and they deserve encouragement and appreciation as much as the women, don't they?
How I Made My Card
What I love about this book is that it doesn't just show you card sketches. For each sketch, it also includes the measurements of the necessary pieces. So I don't have to do math, which is something my brain always struggles a little with!
In putting the card together, I first cut out the background pieces according to the measurements in the book. Then I embossed the New England Ivy cardstock square with an Argyle pattern, and sanded it a bit with a sanding block. Because this cardstock has a white core, it's really easy to distress!
Next I stamped the deer on white cardstock and colored it with alcohol markers. The image is so detailed it really just needed a little shading with some different browns.
I stamped the trees on Saffron patterned paper, and just left them as is so the deer would stand out against them. Then I stamped the deer again over the patterned paper circles, and applied the colored version over it with foam tape. This way the deer lines up right with the stamped grass.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment in black, and then embellished with a little stitched grosgrain and a few enamel dots.
And voila -- a great masculine card with a Fall feel to it that wasn't hard at all to put together!
Materials UsedI used these materials to make my card:
(Close to My Heart)
- Nature's Wish stamp set
- Enchantment Fundamentals patterned papers - Saffron, New England Ivy
- Enchantment Cardstock - White Daisy, New England Ivy, Peacock
- Enchantment Ribbon Pack - Peacock stitched grosgrain
- Pumpkin Spice enamel dots by Simple Stories
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Challenge SharesI'm sharing my card for these challenges today:
Allsorts Challenge - Colors of Autumn
Cardz 4 Guyz - Nature
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Anything that is hand-colored
Crafty Friends - Challenge 42 - Autumn Colors
Robyn's Fetish - Nature
Simply Papercrafts - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Autumn