Masculine cards can be tricky, especially masculine Valentine cards! Here are a few of my attempts. The first two were inspired by a card I found on pinterest by Ann Greenspan.
These both use the Little Pickup stamp set from Honey Bee stamps and inkpads from Catherine Pooler.
Has anyone found a Happy "heart" day sentiment? I had to do stamp surgery to create the sentiment above. I really like it for guys' cards but it's tricky to get lined up.
The card below was inspired by Birgit's beautiful red, silver and white Valentine card. My teen-age grandson likes red so I toned it down a bit by using fired brick, black soot and walnut stain Distress Oxides.
Then I got on a "love you more than bacon" kick with this sentiment from Avery Elle's Simply Said: Love sentiment set. I figure most boys and men will think that's pretty funny. The dogs are from Crazy Dogs by Tim Holtz. The other sentiments are from Simon's Love and Quotes set and Simon's You Matter backgound stamp.
Hope these will get you in the creative mood and give you some inspiration for masculine cards.
While working on some cards for Splitcoaststamper's January Cards for a Cause challenge, I needed to attach some vellum to the front of the card. The problem with using vellum on a card is that the glue usually shows thru. This may not be new to you, but I found a neat way to adhere vellum to a card front. Yay!
This first card was inspired by Lisa at iminhaven.blogspot.com.
I found sticky-backed fun foam at walmart, yay! I got a pack with different colors so I can match the foam to the card front. I attach my vellum to the sticky side of the foam and use scoretape to attach the foam to the card front.
Here is the side view so you can see the pink fun foam between the vellum and the card cront. The sheefs are 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" so you can get two a2 cards from each piece.
Here is another card I made using vellum with gold embossing.
I used light purple fun foam to match mft's grapsicle cardstock.
After spending a few days focusing on following instructions to make birthday bags, I decided to play with some #Altenew stamps and my watercolors. I still struggle with watercolor, but I'm so pleased with how these turned out that they became cards for the Cards for a Cause Challenge.
Trying to be very relaxed with my painting (accidently!) caused some white spaces and I really like how the two cards above turned out.
I had some trouble with the painting on the green card and decided that some spatters would help!
The cards below use stamps from Altenew's Garden Grow stamp set and Zig real brush markers.
I'm finding that I tend to work in pairs, using the same stamp with different colors and settings for 2 different cards.
If you're not happy with your stamping creations, try making them into an actual card and you may find that they look pretty good after all!
When I got my Brother Scan N Cut for fabric cutting, I watched several tutorials that led me to try rubber stamping and I was hooked! Another hobby! But one that I truly enjoy.
I totally agree with Emily of StampingBella.com who said, "Stamping is magical...for that little moment in time you feel like a true artist."
Below are some cards I made for Altenew's Celebrating Parents Card Drive.
When I first stamped the card above, it looked kinda blah. After adding the splatters, especially the gold, it's one of my favorites from this group. The splatters remind of pollen and the gold embossed sentiment ties it together nicely.
For the cards above, I used the Tim Holtz tree stamp from the Reindeer Flight stamp set. I tapped Distress ink pads on the stamp, spritzed with water and stamped on Bristol paper.
I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) the 2 blue cards below from Shari Carroll's beautiful example on her blog.
The two cards below were also done with inked stamps spritzed with water.
If you're interested in more details so you can CASE my cards, please let me know! I'd love to share. Just drop me a line: email@example.com
Since quilting is a longer process, stamping is a wonderful addition to my creativity arsenal. It can be a faster way to feed my creative need. You can even make cards to match your quilt gifts!