Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe that we are already at the end of January?  Before we turn around twice, Valentine’s Day will be here.  I’ve been seeing (and making!) loads and loads of pretty pink Valentines loaded with all sorts of frilly, feminine details, and while I love them….they don’t work so well for the men in our lives!  So I thought I would work up a masculine valentine tutorial to share with you here today.  I don’t know about your man, but my honey loves chocolate.  I mean, he LOOOOOOOOOVES chocolate!!!!  So I wanted to design a card that would allow me to tuck in a little dark chocolate sweetness for my sweetie pie. Here’s what I came up with.

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

I used papers from Authentique’s “Durable” collection, which are perfect for any masculine project.  Here’s how I made the card:

RRR Masculine Valentine 01Here’s what you will need to make this card

  • Navy blue cardstock: 5″ x 7″‘
  • Brick paper: 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″
  • Journal Tag (M is for my guy)
  • Car ad collage paper: 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″….leave the border strip on (for the pocket)
  • 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ plaid paper to wrap the chocolate bar
  • Sticker from the collection, matted onto navy cardstock and trimmed
  • Prima Ignition keys embellies
  • 4 1/2″ x 2″ chocolate bar
  • Natural Jute String
  • Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon
  • 5×7 Kraft Card base
  • Scor-tape
  • Scoring tool

Here are the steps for making the pocket:

RRR Masculine Valentine 02Place the short side of advertising paper (5 1/2 x 3 3/4) on your scoring tool and score along the border strip, as shown here.

RRR Masculine Valentine 03Turn the paper to the long side, and score 1/4″ in from each side, as shown.

RRR Masculine Valentine 04Trim the corners along the border strip as seen here. Burnish the scored lines with a bone folder.

RRR Masculine Valentine 05Turn the pocket over, and add Scor-tape to the top and both sides, as seen here. Burnish it to secure it to the paper.

RRR Masculine Valentine 06Remove the paper liner from the tape, and insert the brick paper panel so that the brick pattern is face down, as seen here.

RRR Masculine Valentine 07Fold the pocket edges over, as seen here.  Now when you turn this over, you have a pocket attached to your card front.

RRR Masculine Valentine 08Trim the “M is for My Guy” journal card so that it measures 2″ x 3″.  Cut a fish tail in one end and mat with navy blue paper.  From here, I began to play around with my elements, moving them around until I liked the arrangement.  I started out thinking this was what I wanted, but ended up doing this instead:

RRR Masculine Valentine 11I wanted to add a little more color to the front of the card, so I cut a panel of the newsprint paper to 4 5/8″ x 2″.  I scored it 5/8″ from the top, and folded it down to reveal the pattern on the reverse side.  I matted this with  more of the navy cardstock and secured it to my card base with Scor-tape.

RRR Masculine Valentine 12Next, I wrapped the top of the panel with a strip of Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon and a triple row of Natural Jute String which I simply tied in a square knot.

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Next, I wrapped my chocolate bar with the pre-cut piece of plaid paper.  I cut one of the cars from the advertising sheet, matted it with navy cardstock and glued it to the top of my chocolate bar. I wrapped the chocolate bar with more of the Cappuccino Diamond Satin, tying the ends in a simple square knot.  I added one of the ignition keys to the jute string and topped it with a bow.   I attached my banner to the top left hand side of the card with my staple gun, added a few little embellies, and the front of the card was complete.  From here, I glued the card front to the prepared navy panel and then the whole assembly to the kraft card base.

RRR Masculine Valentine 15I decided to use the sticker on the inside of the card, as you can see here.

I hope you enjoyed this masculine Valentine tutorial!  I know it’s always a challenge to come up with a Valentine for the guys in our lives…but this one should work well.  It’s a “manly man” Valentine with brick walls, vintage cars, and chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!





11 thoughts on “Masculine Valentine Tutorial

  1. Pamellia

    Fabulous Kathy! I love the deep rich colours and patterns, so perfect for a masculine card, and the pockets are pure genius! Who doesn’t want chocolate for a present!!! Perfect touch with the happiness key, romantic but not feminine! big hugs, sorry I was away for so long! 🙂

  2. carol

    Fabulous Kathy, the card is perfect and so is the gift of chocolate. I am sure your sweetie will love this x

  3. soozyb2013

    I reeeeeally like this card. Making cards for the gals is easy, but like you said, masculine cards are far and few between. I really think you nailed this one complete with the chocolate bar in the picture. Chocolate fixes everything!!!
    Oh and congrats on have Tammy Tutterow on your team now too! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
    Happy Monday! and thanks for the tutorial. You rock.

  4. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, Love this card, thank you so much for the tutorial too. My husband’s birthday is also Valentine’s Day. and I run out of ideas. I don’t have all these, images, but on my list, and love the design idea. who knows what will happen…..hugs an blessings.

  5. Sharon aka celticrafter

    Hi Kathy: my hubby is a chocoholic as well, particularly the organic dark chocolate. This is a great idea to make a pocket to put a small bar. I’ll keep this in mind for next year! LOL
    Really great card with all the coordinating papers, and manly embellishments.

  6. smithgfb

    This is just so cute and manly! We all need valentines for the guys in our lives. Thanks so much for the great tutorial as well. Hope you are getting off to a good start to the week!

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