I have BASICS I keep in mind for the seemingly difficult task of designing a masculine card.
Since I had a fun class with Geared Up Garage this week, I'll show you those ideas first.
From simple to a little more involved....
NOW, as you read my "basics" of a Masculine Card, see if you can find some of them on the cards I just showed you above.
(When you design, you don't have to take ALL these steps to make your card masculine. Pick and choose what you like or have available. Remember, sometimes less is more!)
My 4 Basics of a Masculine Card
STAMP SET--Even if you don't have a set that is specifically masculine, one that involves nature or graphics (shapes, lines or textured background type stamps) works great!
COLOR IS EVERYTHING! If you're unsure of a color to choose and don't just want "BLUE", go for anything that is a deep or neutral color. Some of my go to's are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, Basic Gray--or ANY gray, Crumb Cake--or ANY brown. You could even use Blackberry Bliss with the right stamps/design.
METALLICS!! I ALWAYS LOVE a masculine card with some kind of metal--whether it's foil sheets like on my last card or brads or a metal buttons or embellishment. Metallic goes a long way towards a good masculine look.
TEXTURE--Choose something simple like stripes or corrugated folders or EVEN just crumple up your cardstock after you do your stamping and flatten it back out again. Rough it up! (Unless you count the gears die cut piece on my last card, I didn't really use this "basic" on any of my cards above. As I said, you don't have to use ALL the ideas. But maybe that's the one that will work for YOU!)
I hope that helped you with any last minute ideas you may need!
Today I have another Share What You Love bundle card.
I ran one of the pieces of DSP thru the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral embossing folder.
THEN I rubbed the embossed area with my black ink.
The card base here is Grapefruit Grove.
And we WILL be making this card at my FREE CLASS at the end of the month! :)
I made all my samples for my class; then several busy days later, I went back to them to pull all the stuff to re-create them with my Dazzling Demos Team. And I COULD NOT FIND where in the world I had gotten the "JUST FOR YOU" stamp for this card!! I wondered WHY I would use stamps outside of this bundle for this class--especially a retiring item! (All I could think of was Teeny Tiny Wishes.)
THEN I remembered...I cut this photopolymer stamp.
In case you DIDN'T see my Facebook page yesterday, NEW CATALOGS SHIPPED ALREADY!!!
I'll let you know when they're here!
Ok, now to share from my Moms, Dads,...Stamp-a-Stack:
This is my GO.TO. type wedding card.
Mixed neutrals...mixed metals....
I LOVE IT.
And it's funny, cuz I used to hate it!
But for weddings specifically, I love Whisper White with Very Vanilla.
Then add a little Champagne Foil and Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.
Quick tip for you:
BEFORE attaching the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the foil and running it through the Big Shot, first pull off a single layer of coating on the back of the foil. It helps the thinlits be able to cut through it more easily.
This tip is especially helpful when using Glimmer Paper (sheets of glitter paper). THAT coating is REALLY tough!