Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card

Masculine Botanical Card Simple Stories Lakeside August Ribbon Club Really Reasonable Ribbon Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a walk down by the lake this morning as I share this Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card.  I’ve added all kinds of fun embellishments to this botanical beauty, including an elegant ribbon border created with the August Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Assortment Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Do you feel challenged when it comes to using ribbon on a masculine card?  It can be tricky, I know.  But if you keep it simple, you’ll have a win every time!

  • First, choose colors from nature.  This color combination of Kiwi Green Diamond Satin and Gold Edged Cappuccino Satin are the perfect color match for the Simple Stories Lakeside Collection.
  • Next, forget about big poufy bows!  Instead, use Scor-Tape to attach layers of ribbon as a border on your card.  This adds color, texture and subtle pattern without looking “too girly.”
  • Then, if you must add bows, choose something like rustic Natural Burlap String.  This is a great option for attaching the metal sentiment strip, too!
Botanical Details

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Y’all know how much I love to embellish a card.  And you can still add loads of embellishments to masculine cards!  Isn’t that great news?

  • Create a collage with a rusty bottle cap, tiny acorn, feather, moss, wooden leaves and Prills.
  • Sprinkle Prills randomly around the card to add texture and visual interest to your composition.
  • Create a woodsy vibe with ferns, wooden leaves and mushrooms as embellishments.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The inside of the card is dressed up with a little gift card pocket and tag combo.  Then dress up a blank sentiment panel with a scrap of plaid paper and a ticket sticker.

Do you enjoy making masculine cards, or does it make you want to shut the door to your craft room?  Personally, I really love to make masculine cards.  I enjoy taking a break from all the frills and flowers.  Then I also like the challenge of looking at paper from a different perspective.  How about you?

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Thanks for stopping by!




12 thoughts on “Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card

  1. Susan Steele

    This is such a great guy card Kathy!!! Luv all of your nature embellishments and the chipboard ones too! Lol! It’s just amazing how you know just the right touches to make! Luv this beautiful card creation! Just perfect! Thanks again for sharing and for the inspiration. Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Priscilla Hughs

    Absolutely love this card…the colors just draw you in. Appropriate for anyone, and I’m already thinking about October birthdays coming up. You never fail to inspire, Kathy!

  3. MaryH

    How wonderful that you’ve dazzled and delighted us with such a lovely masculine design that showcases nature and it’s wonderful color scheme. (I’m sure Mother Nature is proud that you took a leaf out of her coloring book.) The sweet forest scenes; colorful butterfly and frogs; and pretty backgrounds make for absolutely charming combinations. At first glance they do indeed seem so masculine and yet enjoyable to all who love nature! This captivating color scheme that I would have that thought stark; but, you have elevated it by a softness and dimension that is very aesthetically pleasing and yet very effective and evokes sentimental memories of long walks in the woods. I love masculine cards; but personally find it extremely challenging to make one especially one so thoughtfully done. So thanks for guiding us through our nature walk of your project and showing us those wonderful glimpses of your mindful creations!

  4. soozyb2013

    This doesn’t have to be for the boys, I like it too, put some fairies on there, some bunnies and butterflies, oh and so much more 🙂 I LOVE this one and the ephemera you used. Love nature, the forests etc. Thanks for sharing this one Kathy!!!

  5. karenladd

    I always look forward to your posts because I know I’m in for a treat. This is so beautiful, and a different style from your usual, and yet has your signature flair for design. LOVE the serene colors and natural theme, and that natural twine, bottle cap embellishment, and the use of ribbon on a masculine card all make this special. I have a baggie of bottle caps in my stash that I have never used, and never even though to use them as a base for a mini collage to embellish a card. Having almost tossed that baggie a number of times, I am now excited to see what I can do with them. I can’t say enough about how much I like this card, but then I feel that way about all of your projects!

  6. Martie Rollin

    I enjoy finding ways to use forest images on masculine cards. This is such a lovely card! My eyes are drawn to the burlap string element just above the frame. Love the small pinecones on that dimensional cluster…nice substitute for flowers. Beautiful card!

  7. Uta

    Just beautiful! Wonderful masculine card! Love your arts and thank you for sharing. You always give me a lot of inspiration für my projects and I’m especially looking for “men things” which look great and not boring.

  8. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a really wonderful masculine card! I love the color palette in these papers. The images are beautiful and I can almost imagine walking through the woods smelling the pines, mushrooms and ferns! The sentiments are so perfect as well, especially the one about the “wisdom of your soul”. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  9. Rebecca Nicklin

    I’ve had my eye on this collection, and after seeing your card, it will be even more difficult to resist!
    Love all the embellishments!

  10. jrichardson186492gmailcom

    What a great card for a guy! I love the green plaid. Every time I look at the card my eyes are drawn to this. You make blending look so easy! This will have to go into my Kathy Clements’s folder for future use!

  11. Donna M.

    Greetings Kathy. What a delightful rugged, masculine card. It has the right touch of nature and masculinity. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us.

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