Category Archives: Masculine Cards

Nature Themed Masculine Cards with Ribbon

Nature Themed Masculine Cards with Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Do you struggle when it comes to making masculine cards?  How about when you try to use ribbons on masculine cards?  Well, you are not alone. Today I have a couple of quick to make nature themed masculine cards with ribbon to share with you.  I hope that by the time we get to the end of this post you’ll be saying, “Why yes!  I can use ribbon on a masculine card!”

Nature Themed Masculine Card #1: Explore Nature’s Majesty

Explore Nature's Majesty Nature Themed Masculine Card with Ribbon by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

See?  What did I tell you?  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card made with the Paper House Field Study Collection.  It’s probably retired, as I found it during a shopping trip at Tuesday Morning.  Unlike my usual heavily layered cards, this one’s pretty simple.  The Moss/Cream Gingham Bow is topped with Natural Burlap String and a button from my stash.

Explore Nature's Majesty Nature Themed Masculine Card with Ribbon by Kathy Clement  for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

The inside is equally simple, with some nice nature quotes and room to write a personal note.

Nature Themed Masculine Cards with Ribbon #2: Always  Be on the Lookout for Wonder

Nature Themed Masculine Card with Ribbon by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

The RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment has some fabulous green ribbons in it.  That’s what inspired me to purchase this paper.  (Any excuse, right?) This Bud Green Taffeta Ribbon adds a great pop of color and texture to this green and gold botanical beauty. And of course, I tied the bows with my Zutter Bow It All Tool.

Nature Themed Masculine Card with Ribbon by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I love the contrast in texture that you get when you combine Gold Metallic String with Natural Burlap String.  This vintage button is from my stash, and I love the fact that it looks like stone.

Nature Themed Masculine Card with Ribbon by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

This pocket is a handy spot to tuck in a note, a gift card or any other kind of treat.

So, now how do you feel about using ribbon on a masculine card?  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Batter Up! Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card

Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card with Ribbon: Batter Up!

Hello again, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m back today with another birthday card for the guys.  Our youngest son has loved baseball since he was a toddler.  One of his life goals is to attend a professional ballgame in every US Major League ballpark.  So when it came time to make his birthday card, the theme was obvious.  This masculine baseball themed birthday card uses another of my favorite ribbons for the “fellas.”

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Once again, I used Authentique’s Rugged Paper Collection to make this 5″ x 7″ masculine baseball themed birthday card.  I just love the vintage feel and the gorgeous patterns.

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

When making a card for a man, this Navy Blue Canvas Color Band Ribbon with stitched edges scores every time!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3It’s especially nice on a baseball themed card, as the stitched edges echo the stitching on a baseball.  How cool is that?  I topped this double loop bow with a natural burlap string bow and a baseball novelty button.  Home run!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

I hope I’ve shared some tips that you can use the next time you need to make a masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I’m still working my way through family birthdays. I made this golf themed masculine birthday card for my brother in law.  He was a golf pro for many years, and even designed the course where he worked as the pro.  Now retired, he lives in a golf course community and still loves to play.  Hopefully, this card made especially for him will be a hole in one instead of  a bogey! Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Adding ribbon or trim to a masculine card can sometimes be tricky.  I have several ribbons that I always keep on hand because they work so well on masculine cards.   This Ivory, Brown and Copper Plaid is one of my favorites.   I love the way it looks with these papers from Authentique’s Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Distressing, embossing and inking give this card a great outdoorsy, masculine feel.  I even found a golf tee in my stash and used as a hanger for my little sticker banner.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3The soft woven texture of this ribbon makes it so easy to tie.  To add a little extra texture, I topped it with a natural burlap string bow and a leather button from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4You’ll find more references to my brother-in-law’s hobby on the inside of this golf themed masculine birthday card.  A small pocket holds a ribbon topped tag and a little sweet treat.  The sentiment is stamped on a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Here’s a closer look at the tag.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create any kind of project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Blog before midnight EST on Thursday, October 19th.  We’ll be popping by to pick our top 3 favorites from all the entries.

You can read all the details and challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Master Detective Elementary Masculine Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Elementary Master Detective Masculine Birthday Card

Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on.  He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  When it came time to make him his birthday card I immediately knew I wanted to make this Elementary Masculine Birthday card for him.  
Elementary Masculine Birthday Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice as the base of his card.  I kept the design very clean so that the wonderful patterned paper and focal image would really shine.

Go Long, My Dear Watson

Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal.  It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card.  Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side.  Then fold in half and trim.  

TIP: Layer it Up!

Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition.  You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper.  I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together.  Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.  

TIP: Change Direction

I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock.  To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally.  It’s a simple trick, but really draws the eye to the focal image.

TIP: Stick to it!

The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet.  I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base.  After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape.  Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.  

TIP: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper.  I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute.  Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.

Elementary Masculine Birthday Card:  Won’t you come in?

For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card.  I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.This is where I wrote my birthday greetings.  

Our son loved the card.  In fact, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look…it’s Sherlock Holmes!  Cool!”  I love it when a Master Detective plan has a happy ending!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Happy Father’s Day: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Happy Father’s Day!  Today we honor all the dads out there, so I thought I would join the party by making this whimsical Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting card.

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Secrets to Creating a Great Masculine Card

Masculine cards can be challenging to create.  In my experience there are several things that make the job easier.

  1. First, choose a strong color palette.  This grey and blue combo is classic, masculine and clean.
  2. Next, choose patterned paper that is not too “fussy.”  I’ve used Authentique’s Durable Collection Kit because not only is the color palette spot on, but the patterns are geometric in nature.
  3.  Then, choose trims that are not too frilly.  This Copen Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon adds subtle texture and a pop of color to the card composition.
  4. When it comes to embellishments, keep it simple!  These Metallic Steampunk Gears, the flat back cabochons, the basic grey button from my button box, the game spinner and compass are all great embellishments for a masculine card.
  5. Think about clean lines in your designs.  I can’t speak for all men, but the ones I know definitely prefer a “tailored” look over a shabby chic look.
  6. Inject a bit of humor with sentiments and images.

A Peek Inside

I added my signature pockets to the interior of the card.

Tags are one of my favorite items to add to small pocket.

Wouldn’t this be cute with a small photo mounted on it?  Or write a personal note here to make it really special.

When you add details like tags or small folios to a card, suddenly, you have a gift and card in one.

To make this 4″ x 5″ tri fold folio here’s what you do:

  1.  First, cut a 5″ tall x 12″ long strip of designer cardstock.
  2. Next, place on your scoring tool and score on the long side at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Then, crease the score lines, folding the outer panels toward the center.  You want the left hand panel to end up on the top.
  4. Now, use a circle punch to add thumb holes, if desired.
  5. Finally, decorate the cover of your folio as desired.

I kept the decorating to a minimum so there would be room for photos.  I did include a journaling spot to record special memories or sentiments.

Although I’m sharing this card on Father’s Day, it would also make a fabulous birthday card for Dad.

And that, my friends, is how I go about designing a masculine card.  I hope you found some tips and tricks in today’s post that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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