I mentioned on a post a couple of weeks ago that I struggle when making masculine cards. Which is still the case and even with a gorgeous suite such as ‘Well Suited’, I still find it takes me some time to bring a project together. However, this card came to me quite quickly and was put together in less than 10 minutes.
The vanilla panel in the middle gave me enough white space so the Paisley pattern on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t overwhelm, but then also somewhere for me to play my bow ties and sentiment.
Now I’m not sure who I’m going to give this too, but I have a masculine Birthday card prepped and in my stash ready for when I need it!
Sometimes a simple card says its all. You don’t need to throw every craft supply at a card for it to get the message across, simplicity is beautiful too. This card demonstrates exactly that! I am in LOVE with the Gathered Leaves dies, the detail they have on them for a small die is absolutely gorgeous especially when teamed with the Brushed Metallic card stock.
I wanted the gorgeous leaves to take centre stage, so with two sets of leaves I created a border for my sentiment. Layering up with some Early Espresso and onto Thick Whisper White – no ribbons, no embellishments – just the sentiment and the metallic leaves. Beautiful.
The inside of the card has been left blank so when the time comes to gift it to someone, a personalised message can be added. I love it!
Do you often find that making a masculine card is more difficult than making one for a female recipient? I know I do. I try to set myself a challenge that 1 in every 10 cards must be purposely masculine – this way I’ve always got a masculine card for when I need it. I will confess, it’s no easy challenge.
I start by looking through the Designer Series Paper (DSP) available to me in my collection and pick out any masculine patterns. This particular one is from the Peony Garden DSP and the pattern meant I could let that be the focus of the garden with a simple sentiment to finish it off.
The sentiment is from a great stamp set called ‘Banner Year’, it includes many different images and sentiments to suit all occasions – including the little heart, which is so cute! I then finished it off with my favourite embellishment in this year’s Autumn Winter Catalogue – the iridescent pearls!
What do you think? Do you make many masculine cards?
Today’s project is a special one – the idea came to my head following a struggle with my desk space and a lack of storage for my many embellishments. Prior to making this project, my embellishments were stored in spare stamp cases, but this meant I had less space for stamp sets on my shelves. But I still wanted my embellishments close to hand for quick reference when bringing a project together.
I then decided to see if I could make something suitable, which could fit in a small space on my desk, and keep them in close reach. I didn’t originally intend for these boxes to be like a matchbox, but an accidental ‘slip’ of the scissors turned into a happy surprise.
In the end, I decided to go with the matchboxes as I liked how I could personalise the outer cases into any pattern I wanted. As the boxes were brought together, they started to remind me of books – so I started to decorate the spine to reflect that of a book.
For the spine, I used Harvest Hellos and the Playful Alphabet dies, popped up with foam adhesive to give a bit of dimension.
I would love to see your versions!
PLEASE NOTE: The measurements below will make seven books as shown in the video: