Why is it making cards for men can be so challenging? I guess it's one of those mysteries of life, but for what ever reason, I always dread making cards for men. Instant brain cramp. Know what I mean?
Well, recently I needed to make a card for a friend's birthday. I struggled coming up with an idea, and then I remembered this little scenic stamp by Magenta. I've always liked it, but could I turn it into a man-card (not to be confused with a man-cave, but I digress). Once I started thinking about it an idea began to gel in my mind, and lo and behold, the actual card came together relatively quickly. Go figure!
I started by stamping the Magenta scene and coloring it with Copic markers. I then trimmed it, and added a kraft mat. Next I stamped the text background on a cream piece of cardstock, distressed it a bit with Chai ink and matted it with black cardstock. I trimmed a piece of kraft stock slightly smaller than the cardbase, embossed it with a houndstooth embossing folder, and matted it with black. After tying on a black and cream ribbon, I added a green button and adhered the whole thing to a cream card base. Finally, I stamped the sentiment and frame (PaperTrey's Little Labels) on to a scrap piece of kraft, timmed it and adhered it with pop dots.
Not too bad. And guess what? Our friend liked it too! So now I can relax until next year. Next year? Yikes.
Ok, now it's your turn to go overcome a creative stumbling block. You can do it!