One of my boys had a birthday party to go to over the weekend so I needed to make a quick card for him to take to the party. Even though I have four boys, I still find it hard to create boy/masculine cards! I think one of the reasons for this is that so many cards you see are very feminine. Flowers, glitter, lace, and all things feminine show up on cards everywhere. I want to show you that with a little adjustment in color, shape, and style you can turn any card into a great card for the special boy/man in your life!
I got the inspiration for my card from this card. The color combination used in my inspiration card are really great colors and are also gender neutral. By using a more subdued color combination of blues, greens, yellows, and browns I made a more masculine looking card. I think that changing your color combination has the most impact in changing the feel of your card.
I loved the two different patterned papers set apart by the border on my inspiration card, but a frilly border just didn't work for my sporty card. The Zig Zag border punch by American Crafts was exactly what I needed! You could also use a torn edge or even a notebook edge if you wanted. You still get the separation with a border without it being frilly. I also changed the shapes of the three stamped images from scalloped circles to squares. I feel like the squares are a little more 'boyish'. Circles would also work great. This change in shape really changes the feel of your card. A little white gel pen adds a little something extra and helps define both the border and the sentiment.
I hope the next time you need to make a boy/masculine card you can create a fun card just by changing the color, shape, and style of another card that you love! Thanks for stopping!
- cardstock: Close to My Hear, misc scraps
- patterned paper: Close to My Heart (Good Times)
- ink: Versamark (Watermark), Tim Holtz Distress (Walnut Stain)
- embossing powder: Ranger (Superfine Clear)
- stamp: Stampin' Up
- Cricut cartridge: Boys Will Be Boys
- pen: Uniball (Signo Broad White)
- tools: American Crafts (Knock Outs punch-Zig Zag)
- misc: popdots