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Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card

Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card with RRR and Masquerade

Hello, Friends!  What do you say we make a Masculine Milestone Birthday Card today?  Our youngest son, my baby, turns 30 this week!  What?  How did that happen so fast!  No big milestone birthday bash this year, but I did want to make him a special card to commemorate the occasion.  As I was creating Halloween cards with the Masquerade collection, my eye fell on this whimsical image of these dapper gents partying on a crescent moon.  Perfect image for a son that you love to the moon and back!

The Process

This whimsical creation comes together in a jiffy, too.  The basic card recipe can be adapted  for use with any theme, any paper collection for any season.  Since this is fall, I chose to use fall colors.  Here’s the step by step:

  • Begin by creating a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ top fold card from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 5 1/4″ square of the orange tartan on a 5 1/2″ square of black cardstock.
  • Now mat a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ scrap of the reverse pattern on a 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of black CS and adhere along the left hand side of the tartan.  Leave about a 1/2″ margin.
  • Then die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper clock from black cardstock.  Back it a circle of the argyle print from the Masquerade 6×6 pad. Adhere in the center of the card.
  • Die cut some stitched stars and the milestone numbers from copper foil paper and patterned paper.
  • Next fussy cut the men in the moon twice.  Layer together with dimensionals between them to create real depth.
  • Tuck the largest star behind the image.  Then adhere the image to the center of the clock.

  • Use an embossing folder to add texture to the numbers.  Then tap with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a few seconds, then wipe away the excess to create the look of hammered copper.
  • Add copper brads along the side.
  • Color the silver charm with a mix of Ginger Alcohol Ink.  Place it over the smallest star, securing with a foam dimensional.
  • The perfect finishing touch is a simple bow tied with Brown and Cream Gingham Ribbon from  Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Top the bow off with a haberdashery button for the win.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with papers and images from the Manly collection. Joel is a runner, so I had to fit that running shoe pattern into his card somewhere.   I tucked a little gift wallet inside the “Man Card” pocket.  (This image actually kinda looks like our handsome son!  Way to go, Authentique Paper!)  Add a panel of stamped birthday wishes to finish the interior of the card.

Simple.  Manly, Festive.  Not cute.  Whimsical.  I think this will work nicely for our son!  Joel has been a constant source of delight to our family.  As the youngest, he was doted on from the day he was born.  All of his siblings watched over him, protected him and spoiled him …just enough…not too much!  He’s industrious, intelligent and thoughtful.  And no, I’m not the least bit biased.  You’d feel that way about him, too, if you met him!

So there you go…an easy card “recipe” for a masculine milestone birthday.  Who knew that Halloween paper would work so well for a birthday card!

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from the beach, and popping in with a quick and easy Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet that I made for our son this year.  When Peter was a little tyke, he wanted a pair of cowboy boots more than anything in the world.  We were a young family, living on one meager income, so there was not a lot of extra money to throw around on non-essentials.  The possibility of getting cowboy boots for this cute little guy was not likely.

But you all probably know how it is when your precious child, who really never asks for anything, wants something with all his or her heart.  It weighs on your mind. You think about it.  And finally, if you are a person of faith, you pray about it.  “Lord, it seems trivial.  But that little boy wants a pair of cowboy boots. Could you make that happen?”

So the next time Peter expressed this wish, I said, “Well, let’s talk to God about it.” That dear little boy, who was only three at the time, bowed his head and said, “God please send me some cowboy boots. ” And then he beamed at me and skipped off to play.

The Faith of  a Child

A few days later, a dear friend came to visit us from out of state.  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast together and he got quite a kick out of our vivacious and friendly son. Not one word was said about cowboy boots or money or any such thing.  Before he left, our friend pulled me aside and pressed a wad of bills into my hand.  “Go get that boy a pair of cowboy boots,” he said with a big grin on his face.

Well, I was gobsmacked.  As soon as we had finished sending our friend off, I told Peter to come see what I had to show him.  “Look, Peter!  It’s a miracle!  God sent us the money to go buy you a pair of cowboy boots!  Isn’t that amazing?”  Peter’s brown eyes looked straight into mine and he said very solemnly, “Well, we prayed didn’t we?”

Oh, the faith and wisdom of a child!  I’ve never forgotten that.  He’s still a man of faith, and we are so blessed that he is our son.  I just thought you might like to know why I chose this image and theme for Peter’s birthday card this year.

The Details

To make the card base, follow these simple steps:

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock to measure 7 3/4″ x 11″.
  • Next, score at 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″, 7 1/2″, 9 3/4″ .
  • Now fold along the scored lines.  You will end up with a 7 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ card base with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom.
  • Place magnets inside the card cover and on the inner flap before you decorate with designer papers, charms and vintage buttons.
A Peek Inside

  • Now line the inner panels of the card with designer paper.
  • Create a shallow box pocket inside the card by adding gussets to the sides of the flap.
  • First, fold the last score line on the pocket flap forward to create a “cuff.”
  • Then add designer paper below the cuff.
  • Adhere the cuff to the pocket flap, then add a strip of designer paper and a sticker to decorate.
  • Cut the gussets 3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.  Score at 1/4″ and 1/2″.
  • Glue the flaps to the card base and to the inside edge of the pocket flap to form the box pocket.

I’ll tuck a cash gift inside the box so Peter can go shopping for some new workshop tools.  Presenting a cash gift in this manner makes it a bit more personal and fun.

To see more ideas for working with the “Manly” collection, click HERE.  I’ve added a linked supply list below the post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next masculine card making adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio

Authentique All Stars Golf Collection Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio is the perfect Father’s Day card.  I’ve paired it up with Apple Green Satin Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Many of you have told me that your struggle when it comes to making masculine cards.  So here are a few of my best tips:

  • First, choose a solid masculine theme.  Golf works for both men and women.
  • Next, choose a bolder color palette.  Pastel colors are not usually a good choice for masculine cards.
  • Patterned papers should reflect masculine style.  Geometric patterns, plaids and solids are always a safe bet.  Take your cues from men’s ties.
  • Use ribbon as a border as I did here.  Simply wrap the side of the card with ribbon and tie a simple square knot for an effective treatment.

It’s really not that hard, and I find I enjoy the cleaner, simpler design of most masculine cards.

Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Fancy fold cards provide a lot of real estate for adding pockets, decorative panels and photo panels.  Use the back side of this 3×4 journal card to mat a photo.  You can also tuck a gift card into the pocket.

Here’s a peek at the card folio fully opened.  The center panel is a pocket with a mini folio insert.  This is a great place to add photos.  The blank sentiment panel on the left is the perfect spot to write a special message or memory for Dad.

If you’d like to learn how to make this style of fancy fold card, check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing a tutorial for Throwback Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial and Video

Hello, Friends!  Happy Throwback Thursday!  Today I have a really fun Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial to share with you.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we blink twice, and it’s always hard to come up with a great Valentine for the man in our life.  This interactive  flip style card is easy to make, fun to give and easy to adapt to any paper collection you have in your stash.  You could even make this same card base and turn it into a feminine card by changing up the paper collection and the embellishments.  You gotta love that!

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: Flips and Flaps

This all started when I was clearing up my work desk and found some nice panels of heavy kraft cardstock. As off cuts from an earlier project, they all measured 5 1/2″ tall.  One piece was 12″ x 5 1/2″.  The other was only 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.   Simply joined them together with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and you end up with a lovely, long 18″ x 5 1/2″ panel.  Now you can score and fold to create a gatefold card with pockets and flaps.  Here’s where to score:

  • From the left, score at 2 3/4″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Fold along the scored lines.  Then tuck into the corner of your scoring tool and score at 5 1/2″ and again at 10″.  You’ll see how to do this in the video below, but I just provided measurements here for your convenience.
Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: A Peek Inside

Here’s what the flip card looks like when you open the first fold.

Flip the panel on the left to reveal a flap page.  The second panel in is a great place to add a photo.  I opted to decorate it with fussy cuts and stickers instead.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You’ll find a vertical pocket with inserts and a side pocket on the far right.  Learn how to add these in the video tutorial.

Because my husband enjoys reading, I created a fancy little bookmark for him.  It lives in the right hand side pocket.

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: The Video Tutorial

To learn how to make this fun project, just click play.  We’ll build the flip card base together, and add the pockets.  I’ll show you how to put that cute bookmark together, too!

 

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas in this Throwback Thursday post that have you itching to dig into your stash and make a masculine Valentine?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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*Note: because this is a Throwback Thursday project, some materials used may no longer be available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute papers and embellishments from your own crafty stash.

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Authentique Party Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Hello, Friends!  Can I tell you a secret?  I love to make masculine cards.  And this Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes card makes me fairly giddy with glee.  It was perfect for our youngest son’s birthday celebration last month.  He has always been the practical, organized, level headed guy who always has a plan and I(almost) always has his act together. This is probably the sort of thing he would wish for on his birthday!

Tips for Using Ribbon on a Masculine Card

I also love to demonstrate how easy it is to use ribbon on a masculine card in a way that is not to frilly or frou-frou.  Want to know my secret?  Choose patterns and textures that make you think of mens’ ties and suits!  It’s a “win” every single time!

For this card, combine Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Black and Grey Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon for the win!  The crisp finish of the satin ribbon speaks to men’s formal wear while the pattern on the grosgrain ribbon would look right at home on a tie.  Top the bow with a little birthday cake charm and a masculine button.  Layer the patterned ribbon over the satin ribbon.  Then top with buttons for a look that resembles a French Cuff on a man’s dressy shirt.

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbons, and wrap the ends around the back of your card panel for a neat and tidy finish.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Clean and simple, but still fun.  That’s how to make a great masculine card!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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