Category Archives: Masculine Cards

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

SUPPLY LIST

Graphic 45 Master Detective 8×8 Paper Collection

  • Master Detective B Side
  • Web of Lies
  • Dastardly Deeds
  • Sinister Secrets
  • Get a Clue

 

Other Supplies

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

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet with Authentique “Dapper” Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s always hard to know what to get Dad for Father’s Day…or birthday…or Christmas for that matter!  But today I have a project that I think every dad will absolutely love. I’ve created this Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet using Authentique’s “Dapper” collection. The images, patterns and colors are perfectly retro, wonderfully whimsical and fabulously fun.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 1

See what I mean about these papers?  They just capture that retro vibe so well!  If your Dad loves puzzles, then he’ll love the design of this album.  Although it only measures 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″, it opens up to 12″ wide x 15″ long.  Filled with interactive elements like pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages, the design meshes perfectly with the playful feel of these fun papers.

I created a belly band with ribbon and a large vintage button from my stash to decorate the top of the album.  The button echoes the design of the LP album in the focal image, which makes me very happy indeed.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Details

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I used a Velcro closure instead of magnets as the paper is thick and I was afraid a magnet would not close.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 3

Don’t you just love these images and the sassy captions?

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 4Unfolding the gift wallet is an adventure all on its own.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 5

 

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Each of these decorative panels flips open to reveal photo mounts or hidden journaling spots.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 7And it just keeps on opening!  I added pockets to the center panel so that gift cards, photos, tickets, chocolates or other small gifts can be inserted.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 8These tiny tags fill the pockets, and I just loved how easy it was to pull them together using the stickers from the Dapper collection.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 10This is what the gift wallet looks like when it’s fully opened.  To help you get a real feel for the flow of this project, I created a very short YouTube video tour.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Video on YouTube

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Supply List and Product Links

I hope I’ve 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

 

Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Authentique Seafarer: Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Hello, Friends!  Do you feel the rustle of the silk robes and hear the whisper of parchment paper?  Yes, people…it’s graduation season and all across the globe, young people are lining up to receive their hard earned diplomas.  There will be tears and cheers, perhaps a few fears and loads of good wishes as friends and loved ones gather to send these grads out upon the Sea of Life.   I’ve used Authentique’s Seafarer collection to create this trio of Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation cards.

Dream Higher Than the Sky Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Masculine cards can be a challenge, but I found that this collection made them very easy to design.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly thanks to the wonderful designer paper and focal image.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I tied hemp string with a bowline hitch knot to amp up the nautical vibe, then suspended an antique brass sailing ship from it.  Tim Holtz’ Ribbon Flags die makes wonderful little embellishments .   Double matting the layers on red and navy cardstock gave everything a clean, crisp finish.  A bow, a nautical button and a charm made by fussy cutting an image from a sheet of designer paper finish the front of this card nicely.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Because I created the card base with a 1/8″ spine, I was able to add two pockets to the interior. The smaller pocket is made with one of the 3×4 images from the cut apart page.  It’s just the right size to hold a gift card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The larger pocket on the bottom of the card holds a 4.25″ x 6″ folio that is the perfect spot for those keepsake graduation photos.  A decorated belly band and a few more ribbon flags dress the folio up nicely.

Set Sail Nautical Themed Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

What could provide a more perfect graduation metaphor than this image of a ship, its sails full-blown and ready to meet life’s challenges full on?

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

I used a star shaped die to create the accent on this card, then topped it with an Idea-ology metal compass coin, a muse token and wooden anchor.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7More bowline knotted hemp string and a pretty white sea gull complete the front of the card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/8″ spine to accommodate the inner pockets.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The top pocket holds a little tag/bookmark.  Write your best wishes on the back of the tag and tuck into the pocket.  Interactive cards like this are always a hit!

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10The large bottom pocket contains another folio that I decorated with images from the paper collection.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

The folio contains a gift card pocket, and room for a graduation photo.

Have Courage Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12The sentiment on this 7″ x 5″ Have Courage card is just perfect for graduation.   I turned the card base on its side to accommodate this large sentiment panel.  Then I added banner flags, machine stitching, knotted hemp string and some nautical charms to complete the card front.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13The interior contains a gift card pocket that is just the right size for a little chocolate treat.  Good wishes can be written on the journaling card.  The sentiment strip reads’ It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”

While these nautical themed graduation cards are not your typical graduation cards, the strong masculine images, classic color palette and wonderful sentiments make them stand out from the crowd, just like the proud graduates who are setting sail on new adventures.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio

kathy

Honey Do List with Graphic 45 Off to the Races

Masculine Valentine Gift Idea: Off to the Races Honey Do List

Hello, Friends!  Have you  made a Valentine for your  honey yet?  My husband is a maker of lists.  He keeps a little notepad right beside his breakfast plate so he can write down his daily  honey do list.  I thought it might be fun to work up a special little notepad cover to house his list and keep the edges from getting all grunged up and curly.  (Why do I like that on a card, but despise that on a notepad?  Anyone else with me, here?)  Anyway, I love to share ideas that incorporate Graphic 45 papers and flowers and/or ribbon on a project.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now, Off to the Races probably doesn’t strike you as a masculine collection right off the bat. But one of the silly things we say to one another on a very busy day is, “Aaaaaaand they’re off!”  So using this collection actually makes sense for us.

Although Off to the Races is a very feminine collection,  it’s also loaded with  images and patterns that work really well on a masculine project like this handy 4×6 honey do list.  Paper layers were fussy cut and decoupaged onto the cover and I even managed to add ribbon and flowers.  The overall design is decidedly masculine, and the message is personal.  When it comes to making a masculine Valentine project, it doesn’t get much better than that!

A Look at the Details

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 2This side view shows how I used chipboard beneath my focal images to elevate them from the background.  To mimic the boutonnieres sported by these dapper gents, I created a mini boutonniere with a Petaloo White Baby’s Breath Pick, Black Mixed Textured Mini Blossoms, and micro black gingham ribbon.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a close-up of the boutonniere,  I love the way this turned out.

Put it on the List

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 4If I had a dollar for every time my dear husband told me to “put it on the list” I’d be rich!

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 5 I created a tag pocket on the inside of this honey do list where I can add my mushy sentiment.  There’s plenty of room here to tuck in a gift card or little chocolate treat, too.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 6Tags make great bookmarks, and  dear husband loves to read!

The way I see it, if you’ve gotta have a honey do list, it might as well be handsome AND functional.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...