Colourful cards for men

Because not all cards for men have to be navy or brown….

I have to confess to a crime against craft. This week, whilst once again braving Stash Mountain, I came across a couple of sets of dies I had never used. Actually I have quite a few sets like that, but these ones I had also forgotten about. Tsk! I believe I may have mentioned this before, but the rule is, in order not to further upset the Gods of Craft, once such items are discovered, you gotta make something.

These are simple silhouette dies, all of a sporting ilk. I seem to remember they were a bargain, hence the purchase. Also we have quite a few ‘young men’ (translate as ‘significantly younger than us‘) in our family and I am just never prepared with cards to give them. A bit rubbish really, considering how much kit I have to hand. But stuff for younger people seems to date so fast. The ‘technology’ that was a feature of card toppers I bought, say, five years ago now probably looks to them like it might have been used to steer a tall ship in the 1800s. But hey, a shadow remains constant. Well, no, not at all really, always changing in fact…but last time I checked we all still had one…unless you live in Britain, with no sunshine…and I think there was an issue with Peter Pan…heck this is not going well at all…

Ahem. Let’s get this back on track. Anyone want to see a card? I decided to go bright, and bright-ish for these. Why not? Colour is fun and silhouettes lend themselves to a splosh of the primaries.

For the first card I used the basketball player and three different splat stamps in the primary colours. I was OK with it but though it just needed a little more, so stencilled some grey spots at the top for a bit more interest. I also stamped splats onto the envelope and one behind the greeting on the inside. In the photos the red looks a bit pinkish. It isn’t though!

sporting silhouettes basketball 1sporting silhouettes basketball 2

For the second I was considering doing pretty much the same, but in slightly softer tones and with a footballer (soccer player, to my North American pals). But recently I have seen a few examples of cards with a partial circle cut out at the edge and thought this might be fun for a change. Because the black layer looked a little austere just left plain I also used my Halftone stencil, this time with embossing ink (Versamark) and clear embossing powder. This gives it a bit of texture without (hopefully) being too girlie. Again I decorated the envelope a bit. Well, why not?

sporting silhouettes footie 1sporting silhouettes footie 2

I still have tennis, rugby and golfer dies to play with! I will probably make at least one blue or brown card. Ah well.

Supplies: Trimcraft Sporting Silhouettes dies; Altenew Birthday Greeting and A Splash of Color stamps, Halftone stencil

 

More anchors than the Navy

This is a card I made for personal use. The recipient lives at the coast, and I think I briefly became like one of those who, at the mere mention of boats, feels compelled to dress in all things nautical. This is my card-making equivalent of a striped top, gold-buttoned blazer, deck shoes and a spotted kerchief or peaked cap…..

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I started off with a fab Crafty Individuals stamp which has a sailing boat (or maybe it is a yacht, I am ignorant as to the difference between the two) and a collage-type background with maps and text. As the bottom of the stamp said ‘Come Sail with Me’ and the card is for someone else’s fella I kind of lopped that off by scuffing up the edges with scissors. I then re-inked the stamp twice more, once in the same blue and once in a brown, and fussy cut the boat only to give me a small flotilla instead of a lone sailor.

Next I used an Inkylicious worn paint stamp, which I dusted with some of the same brown ink. The base of the card is a TODO anchors embossing folder, used on white card which has been inked on the reverse side with the Adirondack Denim ink. I really like how this bit turned out.

Once everything was layered up I still wanted more detail, or interest. So I grabbed some bunting dies and made what I hope looked like some boaty-type flags, plus a couple of pennant shapes too. And some punched gold circles for rivets. Oh and then yet another anchor!! I think I may have got them out of my system now…

Supplies: stamps Crafty Individuals CI 457 and Inkylicious Worn Paint; Inks – Adirondack Denim and Distress Vintage Photo; Dies – Poppystamps Anchors Away and Tattered Lace bunting from a stepper card set; TODO anchors embossing folder (sorry, I don’t know the actual folder name, if it has one!); all card from stash

 

More for Men

More from my Louise Tiler kits using Serif CraftArtist. The card is the same kind of layout as the baby one I posted a few days ago. I can’t resist a pennant or banner. Guess I should have been a boy scout. Ah well. Another missed vocation.

I’m not making the most of what the software can do. Adding a drop shadow is about the pinnacle of my achievements with it so far. Oh, and making my own sentiment so I don’t have to keep re-typing Made by… every time (which, I am embarrassed to say, I was doing for way too long). Actually I can’t remember how I saved the sentiment so it might have been accidental! Still, one of my favourite sayings is “luck’s as good as brains, as long as it lasts”. Socrates? Descartes? Confucius? Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder – you get all the highbrow stuff here.

I need to invest some time in learning CraftArtist better, but for now I am happy to print and stick, same as always.

Oversized tags on gift bags make me ridiculously happy, as do those in novelty shapes. Presents should always be the most fun they can be, right?

It’s nice to be able to make stuff for men in light, fresh colours. I am pretty happy with my afternoon’s efforts. How has your day been?

Suits you, Sir!

Handmade cards for men are often said to be a struggle. Actually I rather like making them – probably because it forces me not to reach for pink anything. A limited colour palette and lack of frippery makes a refreshing change. And men deserve different, interesting or fun cards too, right?

These are made with the Docrafts Papermania Heritage Press stamps and papers. The stamps are great fun: it’s like being a virtual Jermyn Street tailor, strictly above waist only!!

 

Quick and simple cards for men

You can rearrange the title into your own joke!

These were made using the Take it Easy set from the Craftwork Cards A Pocket Full of Paper USB stick. The alphabet dies are from Docrafts (I can’t see a font name on the packaging).

Score card. Print background, cut to size and stick down. Die cut your word and add 3d sticky foam. Almost there.

For the Cheers one I used the 3d foam on alternate letters, for a bit of wobbly alcohol-based jokiness. Job done.

For AHOY! I went overboard (sorry!) and used a bit of translucent vellum to separate the two quite busy patterns. And then I pushed the boat out (sorry again, but I really can’t help myself) and punched out some pretend rivets from the same striped paper.

Maximum of 15 minutes per card.