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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

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

 

 

 

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card with Graphic 45 Times Nouveau

Hello,, Ribbon Lovers!  August is birthday month in our family.  We celebrate FIVE birthdays this month,! Two of those birthdays are for our sons.  Our eldest son was truly the Leader of the Pack for our 5 children He always had some grand plan in store for his siblings.  Sometimes it was building an Olympic Village in our backyard.  At others, it was building a set for a play. Or constructing an elaborate Lego village.  Whatever idea he had, they followed along with great expectation and enthusiasm.  He was our “Ideas Man.”  So in honor of his birthday, I created this funky Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday card.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 4Isn’t it playful? I used the monochromatic papers from Graphic 45’s Times Nouveau Classic Collection.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears texture Sheet, and a Steampunk Gentleman add to the fun factor.  And of course, I tied it all together with fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 1These bold green ribbons are from the Autumn Colors Ribbon Club Assortment.   I love the way they echo the colors and designs in the papers.  To make my border, I layered two strips of Kiwi Green Diamond Satin on the left hand side of the card.  Then I placed a strip of Kiwi Green Square in Square Print Satin between the two. This created a sort of tiered border.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 3Natural Burlap String makes a great masculine bow.  I brightened it up with a scrap of the same Kiwi green ribbon and a custom button.  To make the button,  glue one of the images from the Times Nouveau punch out sheet in the center of a wood button.  Custom embellishments like this add so much to your design.

A Look Inside The Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 5A stamped sentiment, a fun pocket and a little tag make the inside of the card almost as much fun as the outside.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 6There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card or cash gift. I want to add a personal note to the card, so I’ve lined the back side of the tag with ivory paper.

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  Making masculine cards is something I truly enjoy.   This is one of my faves for its whimsical design and playful nature.  I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card

Botanicabella Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it really August already?  Well, my calendar says that it is, so it’s time to ease on into fall with the regal ribbons in the RRR Colors of Autumn Ribbon Assortment.  I got a little bit excited when I realized how well this month’s ribbon club works with Graphic 45’s Botanicabella collection.  Take a look at this Make A Wish Masculine Birthday Card.

Make a Wish Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 9This Rust Shell Print Satin ribbon looks striking when layered over the Rust Diamond Satin Ribbon. The print makes me think of fish scales, so it really works with the card theme.  It’s such a quick, easy way to add a border to a card. Try using Scor-Tape to secure your ribbon border…it’s fast and it holds!

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 8Creating a double layer bow with the Zutter Bow it All is quick and easy.  I topped this one with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a folded over scrap of the shell print ribbon.  The leather button adds a strong masculine feel to the bow cluster, while the burlap picks up on the burlap layer in the card.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 1These mica chips make me think of the sea, and I love the backdrop they provide for my greeting.  You can also see in this photo, that I fussy cut a second image of the fish, rounded it out a little with a ball stylus and then layered it over the fish in the main image.  this allowed me to slip my starfish over and under, which adds a nice dimensional touch.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 2Chipboard was glued to the back of this seahorse image.  I spritzed and twisted natural burlap string as well as the metal charm to add another layer of texture to the composition. I spattered everything with Tattered Angels Just Brown Glimmer Mist.

A Look Inside this Masculine Make a Wish Birthday Card

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 5I kept the inside of the card fairly simple with a seahorse medallion on the right,  and a stamped greeting on the left.  I did run a border of the seashell pattern rust satin at the top of my greeting to frame it, and I like the way it turned out.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 3The final element for the card is this teeny tiny envelope that I made with Spellbinder’s Tammy Tutterow die.  It’s a great place to tuck in a cash gift, which is exactly what I plan to do!

Y’all have shared with me that you find masculine cards to be a challenge, so I thought I would share a layout that could be adapted for any theme.  The main thing to remember is to use bold prints, masculine images and simple bow treatments like the one on this Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card.  Keep those things in mind, and you’ll have a winner on your hands every time!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Masculine Belated Birthday Card with Graphic 45

Please note:  This is my second post for today.  If you are looking for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge, please scroll down or click HERE.

Masculine Belated Birthday Card with Graphic 45 Communique

Hello Friends!  Don’t you just hate it when you are late for a birthday?  It’s always hard to come up with a good excuse!  When we were in the middle of our move, I missed a birthday for a special friend of the family. To make up for being tardy, I created a special masculine belated birthday card using Graphic 45’s Communique collection.

Masculine Belated Birthday Card Communique by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1There’s kind of a neat story behind this card.  My friend, Steve was born at the same time as my older brother Dennis.  In fact, his mom and my mom crossed paths while giving birth in the small Vermont hospital.  They remained fast friends all the rest of their lives.  Steve worked as an administrative assistant for the state for many years.  Like me, he learned  to type on an old manual typewriter.  So, these funky vintage typewriter images are just right  for the card.

Masculine Belated Birthday Card, Communique,, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, 2

 

Tips for designing masculine cards

Masculine cards can be challenging to design.  One tip is to stick with a strong color palette like red, black and cream.   I chose the diamond patterned paper in the background because it reminds me  of a man’s tie.  What could be better for this masculine belated birthday card?

Masculine Belated Birthday Card Communique by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3I fussy cut this vintage typewriter and popped it up on foam adhesive to make it stand out.  A few gold sequins and that cute banner flag suspended from a paper clip make great embellishments. I tend to keep my masculine card designs a little “stripped down” with fewer embellishments and very simple bows.  The twine bow through the “vintage” chipboard is just right.

Masculine Belated Birthday Card Communique by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo4I decorated the inside of this masculine belated birthday card with more fun images from the collection.  The sentiment was  hand stamped onto kraft cardstock.  I left myself plenty of room to write a personal note to Steve…and to explain my tardy birthday wishes!

Masculine Belated Birthday Card Communique by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5I was tickled to find this male typist in the collection.  What could be more perfect?  The little cut out diamonds  came from the spaces between the tiles.  I thought they looked like cuff links, and had to add them in.

Steve received his card and loved it.  I know a lot of people think of Communique as a feminine collection, and it does make beautiful feminine cards.  But as you can see, it makes a great masculine belated birthday card, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products Used in Belated Masculine Birthday Card
  • Graphic 45 Communique Deluxe Collector’s Edition:
    • Communique Chipboard
    • Communique Shutterspeed
    • Communique Typography
    • Communique stickers
    • Communique Telegram
  • Natural Burlap String
  •  Black Soot Distress Ink

 

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