Tips and tricks: Making masculine cards

Hi folks,

Today I wanted to share with you some tips to make masculine cards. I often get questions about these as for most of us, it is difficult to make nice « mannish » cards. But first of all lets share one of my masculine cards. I made this one quiet a while ago but didn’t share it with you earlier.I used  the marble technique and thorned the edge to rughen up a bit

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As you might notice, I have disobeyed the “rules” listed below, but rules are there to be broken isn’t it? Can you find where I used some “creational freedom”??? :)

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As for my little tips and tricks regarding masculine cards:

I would say : try to keep it simple and keep embellishments to a minimum. Man like funny or cool sentiments and love the use of special folds, as they just HAVE to figure out how it works. You will see the interest your card gets when using different kinds of special folds ! Then about colors : use mainly neutral (brown, black, gray and kraft) colors, but also blues and greens and eventually accents in bright colors such as orange, red and bright green are good for masculine cards. This does also apply for boys although mixing elementary, bright colors might be a better option for the younger ones. Themes can be very diverse and of course depend on the person to whom you send the card, but below you will find a list of regularly used themes for masculine cards.

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The use of wood (or faux wood) and metal (or all kinds of metal embossing techniques) as well as roughened edges and thorn edges is a good idea. However, there are some things to avoid : Try not to use too many buttons and if you use they, try neutral colors. Also ribbon bows are out of the question. Use ribbons as « strip », or make a knot in the ribbon. But most of the times it is better to replace the ribbon by twine. Also avoid using faux stitching and favor the use of hand drawn straight lines instead.

Masculine card rules by CrealotteHope this was helpful!

Cheers…

Balet/Gym Thank You Card

Hi folks!

Hope summer is great for all of you! Over here, the weather has been fine during the whole month of June, but it is degrading lately (or there’s sunshine only on weekdays :s ). However, I am not complaining as when the weather isn’t so nice, I don’t feel guilty of spending time in my craftroom :D .

Today, I have a thank you card for you, which I made a while back for a little girl’s ballet coach. Of course it needed to be girly so I chose for more pastel tints with pink as the main color. As you can see, I used an embossing resist technique to highlight the training girl. In order to harmonize the background paper with the rest of the card I stamped two kinds of flowers (petite purple and big, bold turquoise ones ) with the same colors as the cardstock used for the decoration. Of course, as always, I had to add some stiching along the side. I just can’t do without it! And I finished the card with some pearls and a button.

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Showcase baby card study – A girly giraffe

Hi folks,

This is one of the cards I made for a birth announcement order. I made 6 or 7 designs for both girls and boys as at the moment of the order we didn’t know which it would be. I’ll be posting these over the coming weeks and this is the first one:IMG_8840This was a more standard card and I think it would fit better as a baby congrats card. I didn’t personalize it neither as I was looking to see what the parents had in mind. What do you think? Feel free to comment!

Mother day card

Hi peeps,

Mother’s day is approaching fast again. Here is one of my mother’s day cards. I made this one for the mother of one of my colleagues. I used some punch art for the creation of the flower, can you find the punch I used? Yep, the good old owl punch it is! I used it for both the flower and its petals.

IMG_8378I ended up by adding some stickels to the inside borders of the flower to give the card some sparkle. My colleague seemed to love this card when I brought it at the office, so I hope you like it too! IMG_8383See ya later!

For my Valentine princess

Today a valentine card and poem for this little girl I had to leave behind in Canada, so far away… I miss you!

This is for you Leno (and you too Johanne):

IMG_8810_A best friend is the one
who you can talk to when no one is around
A best friend is the one
who you can love when everyone else has let you down
A best friend is the one
who you can tell everything to when no one else wants to listen
I am here for you through thick and thin
I am here for you
… forever

(Adapted from: Poem About What Is A Friend?)

 

Merry Monday #91 {Snowman or Snow People}

Hi everyone,

I am have finally been sitting at my scrap-table doing some stamping JUST FOR ME, JUST FOR FUN! Love it. No, I did not completely clean up my scraproom yet (see scraproom desaster), but I’ll get to it (I’ll show you, that’s a promise!). As you know, I love playing along with challenge blogs (although I hardly find time to stamp, photograph and post before the challenge closes), so I thought to give it a try at Merry Monday today (last week). You should really hop over there and take a look at what the design team put together! The challenge is was to use a Snowman or Snow People on our Christmas project. So this is what I came up with.

IMG_8810 I bought this little snowman just before Christmas but did not get to use it! Terrible don’t you think!? But lucky me at Merry Monday they make Christmas projects all year long… :) Thus I got it inked up and here it is! However, as I am linking this up far too late (as usual), I can’t participate in the challenge anymore :s … Maybe next time!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – Santa’s list

Hi folks!

Christmas is only one month away! I’ll have to do some shopping soon if I want to be ready for the Holiday season. Anyway, here is one of my latest cards. Love this Santa stamp from Stampin’up! Don’t you?

IMG_8690IMG_8691Unfortunately, I don’t have much time today, so see ya later!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – Canadian cold

Hi blog land!

I’m back again with one of my forgotten cards. I made this card on an evening I was extremely tired but wanted to craft anyway. This is what came out. The card base is sprayed with smootch sprits although I don’t think you can see that on the picture. All images and card stock are Stampin’up. With the colors I wanted to reflect the winter cold we had while we lived in Quebec (I miss you!!!).

So, not much more to say this week, so see you later alligator!

LAST RUN TILL CHRISTMAS – 8 weeks left

Hi everyone,

Only 8 weeks left before the Holidays! Do you feel the rush already? I certainly do! Still have no gifts, don’t know yet how we will be surfing between families this year, am rushing to finish all card orders for Christmas and I am busy preparing your christmas classes… Oh yes, I forgot, I have several jewelry orders for the holidays too. Only 8 weeks left, don’t know yet how to get it all organized! Anyway, to help you prepare the Holidays, I did create a bunch of Christmas cards for you (ready to ship), have 3 Christmas classes ready to go, prepared workshops*, and made some changes to my site. The changes will be up next week and I’ll give you all the information you need in a next post! But for now, lets check one of the clean and simple Christmas cards I made this week:

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Hope you liked it! See you soon…

*A wokshop allows you to make Christmas cards and gifts at your house with your friends, I’ll bring everything you need! If you want to organize one (in Belgium or the north of France), just shoot me an email…

Blue wishes

Hi everyone,

I know it has been far to long. Life here in Europe is so much more stressing and time consuming than it was when we lived in Canada. But I had a brake the last two weeks (can tell you that I needed it!!!) and this gave me some time to sit at my crafting table. Several cards are made and I’ll be posting them soon, but today I wanted to start with a challenge card. I want to enter this one for my old time favourite: the paper players and for another challenge blog where I like to participate: freshly made sketches. For the paper players it had to stay to blues (midnight muse and pool party) and white, I immediately wanted to make a winter card. The freshly made sketches offered a square card design with one layer and one focal point on the lower right corner. The sketch forms the basis of my design, although I did not keep the card square. I also added a border behind my focal point as otherwise I had the impression it was floating around alone on my card. Hope you like it!

See you soon!