This week, I held my first Stamp a Stack of the year. If you are unfamiliar with that, it when you come make a bunch of cards so that you have them on hand when you need them….and when DON’T you need them? Well the theme this month was Birthdays. You would think as a card maker, I would always have birthday cards on hand and mailed right on time. You would be wrong!
In any case, while I was creating the cards for the class, I challenged myself to make one of the cards a masculine card. While they are not rocket science, making masculine cards is generally more difficult for me.
My go-tos for masculine card rules are:
- neutral colors
- no ribbon
- no glitter
- no sequins,
- no fun stuff!
So here is what I came up with:
So I broke 2 of my rules!
First rule I broke was No Ribbon. Behind the tree layer, you can see the burlap ribbon. Oops. So I am changing up the rule: No bows!
Rule number 2 that I broke was about the glitter! It is difficult to see on line so let me try to show you with this:
After embossing the trees with the Woodland Embossing Folder, I quickly “painted” a little sparkle on the trees using Wink of Stella. While this product is technically called a “glitter brush”, I think of it more as a “card enhancer”. I think in the end, it added just the right amount ‘somethin’ somethin” I was looking for. (Technically, this addition broke 2 rules as Wink of Stella is the definition of FUN STUFF!!–If you haven’t tried it yet, you must!)
I did stick to the neutrals rule as you can see. The background is from the often overlooked Tree Rings background stamp. (Truth be told, I originally planned on using the Wood Textures Designer Paper but didn’t have enough for all the cards so I substituted with this fun background stamp. )
So I challenge you to go make a card and break a couple of rules!
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