Monday 20 May 2013

Why do we struggle with men's cards?

One of my most requested class and workshop designs are mens and/or boys cards. I wonder WHY we have such difficulty in creating them - especially when there are so many images around that are suitable. 

I have just had a flick through our main Stampin' Up! catalogue and I counted 61 stamp sets or wheels that would be ideal for a mans/boys card.  We have plenty of colour choice too -  blues, greens, oranges and browns, not to mention a whole set of 10 neutral colours... so I wonder why we struggle so much.  If you know the answer, I would love to hear it!

So with this request in mind, here are 3 cards I made recently for my Brother-In-Law to mark his birthday in May.

The first card on the top left was made using an embossing folder and a die cut shape with the text stamped on top.  The card on the right uses a set of stamps called Gently Falling - a set of 12 stamps which include a lovely oak leaf, and acorn as well as the leaves shown above.

The final card uses Established Elegance with the typewriter image and the Occasions Alphabet for the 'H is for Happy' sentiment. The backing uses our First Edition Designer Paper - available in a pack of 24 sheets of 12x12" paper for £11.50, working out at £0.48 per large sheet. The typewriter image was particularly appropriate for Andrew, as he is now an editor of a local newspaper.

To the right is a close up of the first card - very simply created using our Honeycomb Textured embossing folder on the Chocolate chip card. I then ran the Designer paper through the same folder, and hand cut the honeycomb shapes out using the embossed line as a guideline.  Let's hope that we get a new Honeycomb shaped punch to match this folder when the new catalogue comes out on 2nd July.
I also embossed the envelope flap - which came out really well indeed.

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