I love to make handmade cards, but I have a very hard time coming up with card ideas for the men in my life – my husband, my sons, my dad, my father-in-law, my brothers, and my nephews. The old stand-bys (flowers and cupcakes) just won’t do! And I’m not the only one…I have talked to many other crafty mamas who also have this type of problem when they are faced with making a masculine birthday card. So, when I came across the above card in the ideas section of Hero Arts, I knew I had to scraplift it!
This card, designed by Tami Hartley, provided provided me with some much-needed inspiration…
First, let’s talk about the color scheme. What do you think. Personally, I really like it! The black, gray, and mossy green combo has a definite “masculine” feel to it.
Distressing also adds guy appeal to this card. The edges were inked with silver metallic and black ink. The stamped piece on the front of the card was also crumpled, adding even more “grunginess”. And here’s a little scraplifter hint too – when you crumple card stock, it can help to spritz it with a little bit of water to make it more pliable.
As you can see, the graphics are very simple too. Geometric shapes are a good way to go. This card is a mix of circles and rectangles, and don’t forget the arrow, which points to the stamped “it’s your birthday” sentiment.
Yep, this is definitely one that I will be scraplifting! Do you have any other suggestions for making masculine birthday cards? If so, we would love to hear them!
SCRAPLIFTER SOURCE: Hero Arts Idea Section