How to make Three (encouragement) masculine handmade cards

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. 

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

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

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

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

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get well

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

how to make masculine cards for encouragement and get wellFor 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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How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends

Hi there! I am thrilled you stopped by today as I am showing you how to make three easy  “Thinking of you” handmade cards for friends. These cards showcase beautifully the Honey bee bundle and the Golden Honey specialty designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! I know you will love making them!

How to make Thinking of you handmade cards for friends 

As the title explains, today’s projects is three “thinking of you” handmade cards perfect for your friends. Below you can find more of details about each of the cards. After those little snippets you will find the video tutorial where I will go step by step on how to actually make these cards. 

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up

But before we go into how to make these cards, let me explain my process when creating cards in general. 

The first thing I always do, is to have the theme in mind. This could be Thank you cards, or Birthday cards, or any other theme. Once you have the theme in mind, then I can see what stamp set would go perfect for the theme I selected. 

In this case, I knew I wanted to do Thinking of you handmade cards for friends, a I noticed a sentiment on the Honey Bee stamp set that said thinking of you! so I decided to use this set since it had the sentiment that would go perfect with my theme!

Since I picked the Honey bee bundle, I needed to pick the rest of the elements on my cards, and as you can imagine, I decided to use the Golden Honey Specialty designer series paper, a.k.a. DSP or patterned paper. 

This patterned paper coordinates perfectly with the Honey Bee bundle, and the best part is that it is one of the items you get for FREE during sale-a-bration!! how great is that???

If you don’t know about sale-a-bration, please go to the supply list section, where I explain more about this promotion. I will share with you how you can get this DSP for FREE!

Color combination 

Now that I have the stamp set and the patterned paper selected, it’s time to look for the colors and embellishments. The best tip I can share with you, is to pick colors from the designer series paper! 

One of the benefits of using Stampin’ Up! is that all of their products are color coordinated. This means the ribbon, the ink, the cardstock and any other element will coordinate perfectly.

For these cards I used mainly:

  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Gold 

Thinking of you handmade card #1

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up

For this first thinking of you handmade card I used an easy layout, as shown in the picture. 

For the focal point I used the hive image stamped in daffodil delight and two of the bees on this set. 

One tip here to make those little bees really black is to stamp them using your stamp positioning  tool a.k.a. stamparatus.

I used the stamparatus as I can reink the image and stamp again, knowing it will line up perfectly.  If you are curious about this tip, I would recommend watching the video tutorial linked below. 

Thinking of you handmade card #2

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin up For the second thinking of you handmade card, I went again with a simple layout however, I added a little dimention on the way I created the focal point. 

I die cut the hive from the whisper white paper, and then glue down the negative part of the die cut on top of the hive giving some dimension. But before gluing this down, i have added the honey comb die cut to the back of the whisper white. 

This trick gave a lot of dimension to the hive, and it just makes it pop up even more! It is hard to see this on the picture, but believe me, it looks fantastic. 

Also note that I colored the DSP using the daffodil delight alcohol marker, a.k.a. stampin’ blends, and this added a lot of life to the card. You can see how the color coordination that I talked before, makes it so easy on the card design. 

Thinking of you handmade card #3

how to make thinking of you handmade cards using the honey bee bundle from stampin upThis last thinking of you handmade card is as well an easy lay out. 

The way I started with this idea, was by picturing the round sentiment on a circle. And from there I came up with the focal point. 

Again you can see that I have colored the DSP with daffodil delight alcohol marker on the bees to better coordinate with the whole card. 

So now that you have seen all three cards, let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! 

If you want to see more card ideas using designer series paper, you can see these birthday cards, or these friendship cards

Video Tutorial with step-by-step instructions 

And as promised, below you can watch the video tutorial where I show you how to make these Thinking of you handmade cards for your friends. 

I go step-by-step on how to make these cards, as well as provide measurements for each of the cards.

Please know that this video includes instructions for all three cards, so it is longer than other of my videos.  I would recommend watching this during the night when you are winding down.  

Also if you are curious, this video was part of my Facebook page – live show, which occurs every Thursday at 7pm CST, so if you have time during the week, it would great if you can join us here

The Supply list

You can download the full supply list here, or see all the products I used in the Thinking of you handmade cards below. 

Also, do you remember the Golden Honey Specialty Designer series paper, I mentioned to be free? Well this is one of the items from Sale-a-bration. Sale-a-bration is the greatest promotion from Stampin’ Up! and it goes from January to March. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you get a Free item from the Sale-a-bration offering .  There are lots of items that are Free with $50 purchase and a few that are free with a $100 purchase. One thing to note is that there are no limits! The more you purchase the more free items you get! isn’t this great?

Click on the images you are interested, and it will take you to my online store where you will be able to purchase any of this items. When you purchase thru my online store, you support my stamping business! and that in turn helps me keep creating and sharing with you on a regular basis. 

I truly appreciate your support! It really means the world to me! 😊😊😊

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