Most cardmakers will tell you that making a card for the men in their lives can be a pretty challenging task. In my circle, at least, I can count on one hand the number of men who genuinely enjoy receiving floral cards. So finding more masculine products to create with can make it difficult to design unique cards. The ‘For The Guys’ course with Altenew Academy gives you ideas for creating masculine cards using supplies you probably already have. For me, though, it turned into an opportunity to use my new Geometric Landscape Stamp Set for the first time.
Making my Masculine Card
This is arguably a super simple card to make. It literally takes hardly any supplies and you can knock it out really quickly. I actually think that’s one of the reasons it makes a great handmade card for men though. It’s simple, uncluttered and not at all fussy. All the things I think a good masculine greetings card should be.
Even though it was going to be simple, I still wanted this masculine card to be bold and make a statement. So I decided to use a pearlescent cardstock to give my project a bright background. I picked a Royal Blue card from Crafter’s Companion because it’s one of the shiny card brands that stamps and embosses really well. There’s hardly any warping when you use a heat tool on it, which is fantastic.
I set up the Geometric Landscape stamp in my W R Memory Keepers Precision Press. This stamp is far too large for most handheld acrylic blocks, so you’ll need a stamping tool to get a precise and crisp image. Don’t worry if you don’t haven’t got a stamp press though, there is a way to use a stamp this large without one. Turn your stamp onto it’s back and apply the ink all over. Then, instead of turning it over and pressing it down onto the card to stamp with it, leave it lying on its back and place the cardstock carefully onto the stamp. You can rub your hand over the card to press it down. It works just as well this way, but it does take a little bit of practice!
I inked the background stamp with Versamark Embossing Ink and stamped it two or three times onto the blue card. When that was done, I removed the card and sprinkled it with gold embossing powder from WOW! Embossing. Once it was heat set you can touch it and it won’t come off.
I used a small section of the same cardstock and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the same stamp set which reads ‘thanks, pal’ using the same gold embossing powder. Finally, to finish the card, I adhered the die cut square onto a square card base and then used double sided foam tape to stick the sentiment right in the middle. I chose not to add any more embellishments because I wanted to leave it fairly uncluttered, and to be honest the shine from the embossing powder and the cardstock itself was more than enough.
Becoming Comfortable with Masculine Cards
Even though this card was really quick and easy to make, I absolutely loved doing it. What a great theme for a course from Altenew Academy. It’s given me lots of ideas for ways to use existing stamps and dies I have in my stash to create cards for my male friends and colleagues. If you’re struggling for ideas too, why not check out the classes on the Altenew Academy?