Masculine Belated Birthday Card with Graphic 45

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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!



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






4 thoughts on “Masculine Belated Birthday Card with Graphic 45

  1. Nancy Dynes

    This is a stunning masculine card, Kathy! I love the vintage typewriters and the way you used them as the focal point of your card. Your friend will treasure it always. You really know how to rock these G-45 papers!!

  2. LuvtoKraft

    How fun is this card and even though a bit late, Steve loved it, I’m positive! You are such an inspiration, Kathy. Masculine cards and sympathy cards are my most difficult and you have such a gift of creating the perfect thing!

  3. Pam

    Wow! Two fabulous cards in one day. Masculine cards are hard to make. Yours is fantastic!

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