Tag Archives: Masculine Cards

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Card by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of quick and easy Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards to share with you.  These are great for graduation, birthdays, and other occasions when you need a card for the guys in your life.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Masculine Card with Photoplay Grease Monkey by Kathy Clement

I love it when a card can be used for lots of different purposes.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is great for the young man who just passed his driver’s test.  It’s also a fun graduation or birthday card .  You could even use this card as a “milestone” birthday card, thanks to the speed limit sign on the background paper.

The  “key”  (see what I did there?) is to add foam tape between layers to make the simple elements pop off off the page.  Then tie a key on with some bakers twine, thrown in a few gears, and you’re nearly done.  Add a pop of color with the ticket from the ephemera pack.  Simple, but effective!

Here’s a peek inside.

Happy Birthday Handsome Slimline Shaker Card

This card is almost too easy to make.  The trick is using the Photoplay #9 Slimline Dies to create a shaker window.  Here’s how I did it:

  • Cut silver foil paper using the next to largest die . Use some post it tape or mint tape to hold the die in place.
  • Now, use a ruler and a craft knife to cut along the scored lined inside the silver panel.  If you place the paper on a glass cutting mat, the craft knife will glide along the surface and create a nice, clean cut.
  • Next, line the back side of the frame with clear cardstock.
  • Then add 3 layers of foam tape to the back of the frame.
  • Place a shaker mix and small metal gears over the patterned paper layer, then press the frame in place.
  • Now place dimensionals on the back of the banner sticker and adhere to the card.
  • Finally, place foam tape on the back of the “Happy Birthday” sticker and you’re done!

Here’s a peek inside.  Stamp a sentiment on a blank piece of cardstock so you can write a personal note.

Then create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket. Boom!  You’re done!

I love it when a sharp looking card only takes about 30 minutes to make.  How about you?

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial

Authentique Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have an Authentique Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you have told me that masculine cards are your biggest challenge.  Since you all enjoyed the Prima Autumn Sunset Card Stack Throwback Thursday so much last month, I thought I would follow a similar format today.

Masculine Cards Tips and Tricks

Rugged Masculine Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Each top fold card in the stack measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ .  The card base is a light beige that goes well with the Rugged color palette.  Here are some of my favorite masculine card making tips:

  • First, think about the color palette.  It’s always a good idea to work with colors that you might find in a men’s suit department.

Keep ribbon and trims simple.  Some of these cards use a little ribbon while others do not.

Manly themes like sports and cars are easy choices for masculine cards. Timepieces, travel and vintage images work well, too.

Don’t forget to dig into any stickers that came with a collection.  This is a quick and easy way to add layers of interest to a card design.

Amp up the masculine vibe with wood or metal embellishments.  You can use chipboard, too, of course.  Just finish it with a metallic or faux wood paint or embossing powder.

Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this stack of cards came together, please enjoy this simple tutorial on YouTube.

There is not a supply list for today’s post, as all the products are retired.  But I encourage you to dig through your stash of masculine papers and embellishments to see what you already have on hand.

Do you have any themes or ideas that you’d like to see in upcoming Throwback Thursdays?  If so, please let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Proper Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Hello,  Friends!  I made this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card for our son’s birthday.  It was such a fun process that I decided to share the how-to’s with you here on the blog.  I know that masculine cards can be hard to cook up sometimes.  But with a few simple tricks in your crafty toolbox, you’ll find this card is very easy to make!

Scrappy Backgrouund

Little Birdie Crafts Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

First, gather up all  your little scrappy bits of Classic Gentleman.  They don’t have to  match.  Nor do they have to be the same size.  I love making this kind of mixed media background because it allows you to use up all those odd little bits and bobs of designer paper.

Now, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of scrap cardstock.  Again, the color doesn’t matter one bit.  Whatever you have on hand will work.  Begin to glue down all the random pieces of designer paper.  You will have pieces that hang over the edge and you may have to overlap some pieces slightly to make them fit.

When the surface of the 5″ x 7″ panel is completely covered, trim it to measure 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.  Now the real fun begins!

Paint, Emboss, Repeat

Paint the entire surface of your patchwork creation with a coat of Tawny Metallic Paint.  Then heat dry it.  Next, ink the flat side of an embossing folder with Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.  Spritz the front of the painted panel lightly with water and place in the folder over the raised edge side.  Now close the folder and run it through your die cutting machine following the directions.

Then lightly dry brush the raised portions of the embossed design with Caribbean Blue Metallic Paint. Heat dry.  Now immediately brush a light layer of the Tawny paint over the surface again and wipe it back with a paper towel.  Finally, run the panel through the embossing folder again to achieve a deep impression.

Alter a key with paint and metallic wax glaze.  This makes a striking masculine embellishment for the card.

You can dilute Patina Glaze Metallic Wax with a little water and spatter it over the surface of the embossed panel.

Finish by glazing the chipboard word phrase with more of the metallic wax.  Then wrap the bottom of the panel with braided hemp.  Tie a knot, fray the edges and add a button and you’re done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with altered chipboard cogs and more designer papers.

If you don’t have this wonderful collection in your stash, I highly recommend it!

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Hello, Friends!  Since my sweet husband’s birthday is just 2 days after the 4th, I thought it would be fun to make him a Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card with my America the Beautiful papers from Photoplay.  This red. white, and blue card came together very quickly, but it still has some fun features and techniques that I think you will enjoy.

How to Bake a Masculine Birthday Cake Card

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base with a side fold.  The side fold is important as you will see when we open the card.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/2″ square from the Barbecue pattern.
  • Then cut a 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip from the Celebrate pattern and adhere across the middle.
  • Now cut out the cake and confetti stars 3×4 card from the Liberty pattern.  Adhere these so that the stars peek out at an angle from behind the cake image.  Back with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Stamp the Smile sentiment with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Brush the top with your Versamark pad, then heat emboss again to create a raised sentiment.
  • Next, cut out the sentiment with the matching die.
  • Now cut out an oval from the fireworks pattern using the die from the Make a Window  set.
  • Stamp the small “here’s a reason to ” sentiment with Barn Door Distress oxide ink and cut out with the small banner flag from Make a Window.
  • Top the cake image with a cherry button.  Then add dots of Dries Clear adhesive randomly on the plate, then sprinkle some Merry Mimosa Doo Dadz.
  • Dress up the corners with a pinwheel and a little red clothespin embellishment.
A Peek Inside

Pop ups are a perfect addition to a birthday card.  This one is so easy to make!

  • Cut out the long Celebrate panel from the Land of the Free patterned paper.
  • Fold it in half and burnish.
  • Now open it and fold the right hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Then fold the left hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Now accordion fold it in to a little packet.  The “C” will be on the bottom inside, and the “E” will be on the back side of the top panel.
  • Next figure out the placement for the pop up.  The center crease of the pop up needs to line up with the center crease of the card base.  Once you’ve found the sweet spot, adhere the bottom of the packet to the right hand side of the card base.
  • Fold the packet closed and place adhesive on the top.  Then close the card and press in place.
  • When you open the card, the sentiment will pop up!
  • Tuck a little ephemera bit behind the clothespin.  Then add the sticker banner in the right hand corner.

How fun is that?

Dale will have blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream in lieu of cake.  It’s something his mom used to make for him every year.  He changes up his birthday dessert every year, but this was what he wanted this year, so that’s what we are having.

We sure are thankful that we get to celebrate this birthday together.  After his big scare in April, we don’t take any special events for granted.  Actually, every day feels like a special event when you’ve survived a heart attack!  God is so good!

That’s it for me today, folks!  Gotta go make that blackberry cobbler.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card

Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card with RRR and Masquerade

Hello, Friends!  What do you say we make a Masculine Milestone Birthday Card today?  Our youngest son, my baby, turns 30 this week!  What?  How did that happen so fast!  No big milestone birthday bash this year, but I did want to make him a special card to commemorate the occasion.  As I was creating Halloween cards with the Masquerade collection, my eye fell on this whimsical image of these dapper gents partying on a crescent moon.  Perfect image for a son that you love to the moon and back!

The Process

This whimsical creation comes together in a jiffy, too.  The basic card recipe can be adapted  for use with any theme, any paper collection for any season.  Since this is fall, I chose to use fall colors.  Here’s the step by step:

  • Begin by creating a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ top fold card from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 5 1/4″ square of the orange tartan on a 5 1/2″ square of black cardstock.
  • Now mat a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ scrap of the reverse pattern on a 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of black CS and adhere along the left hand side of the tartan.  Leave about a 1/2″ margin.
  • Then die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper clock from black cardstock.  Back it a circle of the argyle print from the Masquerade 6×6 pad. Adhere in the center of the card.
  • Die cut some stitched stars and the milestone numbers from copper foil paper and patterned paper.
  • Next fussy cut the men in the moon twice.  Layer together with dimensionals between them to create real depth.
  • Tuck the largest star behind the image.  Then adhere the image to the center of the clock.

  • Use an embossing folder to add texture to the numbers.  Then tap with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a few seconds, then wipe away the excess to create the look of hammered copper.
  • Add copper brads along the side.
  • Color the silver charm with a mix of Ginger Alcohol Ink.  Place it over the smallest star, securing with a foam dimensional.
  • The perfect finishing touch is a simple bow tied with Brown and Cream Gingham Ribbon from  Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Top the bow off with a haberdashery button for the win.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with papers and images from the Manly collection. Joel is a runner, so I had to fit that running shoe pattern into his card somewhere.   I tucked a little gift wallet inside the “Man Card” pocket.  (This image actually kinda looks like our handsome son!  Way to go, Authentique Paper!)  Add a panel of stamped birthday wishes to finish the interior of the card.

Simple.  Manly, Festive.  Not cute.  Whimsical.  I think this will work nicely for our son!  Joel has been a constant source of delight to our family.  As the youngest, he was doted on from the day he was born.  All of his siblings watched over him, protected him and spoiled him …just enough…not too much!  He’s industrious, intelligent and thoughtful.  And no, I’m not the least bit biased.  You’d feel that way about him, too, if you met him!

So there you go…an easy card “recipe” for a masculine milestone birthday.  Who knew that Halloween paper would work so well for a birthday card!

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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