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.
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.
- First, choose a strong color palette. This grey and blue combo is classic, masculine and clean.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inject a bit of humor with sentiments and images.
A Peek Inside
To make this 4″ x 5″ tri fold folio here’s what you do:
- First, cut a 5″ tall x 12″ long strip of designer cardstock.
- Next, place on your scoring tool and score on the long side at 4″ and 8″.
- Then, crease the score lines, folding the outer panels toward the center. You want the left hand panel to end up on the top.
- Now, use a circle punch to add thumb holes, if desired.
- 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!