Have you ever needed a masculine handmade card perfect to encourage that special person? You want to send him a note to let him know that you care and you are there for him, but don’t have the perfect card. Well my friend, you are in the right place, as today I will show you how to make Three Masculine Handmade Cards perfect for encouragement or Get well for the men in your life!
I particularly struggle with masculine cards as most of the time I love using bright colors and flowers, so I tend not to have them on hand. Therefore most of the times I need a masculine handmade card, I have to make it for that occasion. So this post and the following 2 or three will help you see how you can make masculine handmade cards for encouragement and get well. 😉
Three masculine handmade cards for encouragement or get well
When I started thinking on masculine cards, I looked at my stamps and designer series paper to see what could go well together, and I thought the Back on your feet stamp set from Stampin’ Up! would go perfectly for men, granted you can also use this stamp for your gals 😁 You can see below the cards.
I paired the Back on your feet stamp set with the Country Club designer series paper a.k.a DSP, this paper pack has one side all about golfing, and the other side has designs that can go well for any occasion, there are patters full of color and other that are more neutral, but all go well for masculine handmade cards, so you can understand why I decided to use them together.
All these cards were colored using the stampin’ blends which are alcohol markers, but you could also use watercoloring to color these images. Just remember if you are going to use alcohol markers it is important to use the memento ink pad and if you are watercoloring, then you need to use Stazon. Below you will see the video tutorial where I will show you how to color with the alcohol markers. If you are interested in learning more about how to watercolor in an easy way you can see this post.
The color combo for these cards
As usual I picked the colors for my cards from the designer series paper. I honestly think this is the easiest way to pick color combinations, if you are ever having trouble with this, just pick a patterned paper that you like and then see which colors you like and then used them in your card.
This is where Stampin’ Up! makes it super easy, as all their products color coordinate, so if you see a color in the DSP that you like, you know you can get the cardstock, the ink pad and the embellishments in the same colors. This is what I love the most, as this makes the designing process even easier. You can see another example of how to use your designer series paper for making cars, on that post the cards are about Thinking of you.
For this cards the color combo is the following:
- Night of Navy
- Garden Green
- Poppy Parade
- Crushed Curry
- Basic Black
- Whisper White
Masculine handmade card #1
This card is very simple in the lay out. most of the card front is covered with the designer series paper.
I stamped the giraffe and colored it with the Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede alcohol markers. Then matted this piece with Crushed Curry and Garden Green.
I added the sentiment in a 1 1/2″ circle from Poppy Parade which matched the Ribbon that I added to the card. (see what I mean with the color combination??😉)
Masculine Handmade Card #2
For this second card, I used again a very simple layout using the So Sentimental Dies.
The turtle was colored using Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam alcohol markers, and Flirty Flamingo for the cheeks. I love adding cheeks to the critters, these always make them look even cuter! After coloring then I punched the image using 2 1/4″ circle.
The sentiment was embossed with White embossing powder. Embossing on dark colors cardstock always make the sentiment pop op even more!
Masculine Handmade Card #3
For the last card, I used again the So Sentimental dies. These are becoming my new favorite dies, I have been using them A LOT lately!! You can see Three Birthday cards using these dies as well on this post.
I colored the the Sloth with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate. For the banner under this image, I used the tailored tag punch to cut the ends of the Garden Green Strip. This punch makes it so easy to make perfect banners every time.
The sentiment on this card is embossed as well and then die cut using the So sentimental dies.
Video tutorial with step-by-step instructions
As usual you can watch the video on this section to learn how to make these cards. Please note that this video is for all three cards, and therefore it is a longer video. I show you how to color each of these critters using alcohol markers as well as how to put these handmade cards together. So I would recommend you watch this video when you are winding down from a crazy day and enjoy this video as you would a TV show 😉
The Supply List
I am also including the full supply list below. If you want to get any of these items you can purchase them at my store! It truly helps me when you purchase thru me as it supports my stamping business. I can keep bringing more tutorials and samples to you. 🥰
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