Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card

Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card with RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you struggle when it comes to making a great masculine birthday card? If you’d like to find out some of my tips and tricks for making a great masculine birthday card, then read on! This Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday card uses ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club assortment along with 7 Gypsies Vintage Varsity papers and ephemera.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01I am happy to report that the February Ribbon Club Assortment contains several ribbons that work well on a masculine card.  This Emerald Green Plaid Ribbon picks up on the greens in Vintage Varsity paper collection, and the deep green color is one that most men seem to like, probably because it reminds them of a golf course, or a sports field.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01aYou’ll notice that I created the card on a kraft cardstock base.  This automatically makes it feel more masculine.  Then, to add even more macho goodness, I inked and distressed all the edges of the paper layers.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 02I cut some ticket ephemera in half and tucked part of it behind my paper layers.  The other half was cut into a fishtail banner, wrapped in natural burlap string and embellished with a pewter star brad.  The star theme was carried out further with the star button on top of the bow, and in the novelty button. I added another punch of color by placing a strip of crosshatch emerald satin ribbon down the left hand side of my focal image.  This naturally draws the eye to that handsome rugby player…and there is nothing girly about him, am I right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 03To keep my detail photo and novelty button from being overlooked, I encircled them with a strand of natural burlap string.  The natural fibers add great texture to the composition of the card, and the circle element is fun, too. And here’s another star reference to unify the theme of the card.  See, this is not so hard, right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 04The inside of the card contains more layered papers along with a computer journaled sentiment that I inked and stamped.  Add a short greeting and badda bing, badda boom, this card is ready for your favorite guy!

What are some of your favorite tips for making a masculine birthday card?  I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




12 thoughts on “Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card

  1. Pamellia

    This is just fabulous Kathy!! I love the Varsity collection now that I’ve seen you use it (going on my wish list)!! The pops of aqua are just amazing amid all the neutrals. Love that little Star Football Player embellie, how perfect is that!! Such a wonderful masculine card! hugs 🙂

  2. LuvtoKraft

    Great card for the guys, Kathy! I’ve been very partial to plaids like the ones in G45 “Good Ol’ Sport” lately. That or a red white and blue combo. I’m stuck in a rut, so this is well needed inspiration. Thanks!

  3. Carol

    Hi Kathy no you’re right, no mistaking this guy as anything but a totally fit man. Love how you’ve brought attention with the burlap around your embellishments. Crafting for a man? Always a bit of a challenge, I try and link a theme to the person or place they enjoy. My eldest grandson is a chef and is working in New Zealand for 2 years so his last card a bit of Auckland map, food, and embellishments around that.

  4. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, a good vintage masculine card. love the image an excellent ribbon. perfect for a Super Bowl week-end as well. Maybe just a note with cheer an inspiration, not necessarily birthday….. have a good week-end…..Hugs

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I DO love making a good masculine card, and this ribbon combined with these papers made it pure joy!

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