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…

Faux Washi Tape Feather tutorial

Hi everyone,

It has been a while, so I decided to give you something more today: my Faux Washi Tape feather Tutoral (see below)! I made it trilingual, what do you think of that… 🙂 ? Here is a little tag I made using this tutorial. Hope you like it!

Crealotte Design - Pastel thank you tag See you next time and be sure to test this one out!

faux_washi_tape_feather.pdf (324 downloads)

Keyboard card: Tutorial and a handy little tip…

Dear followers,

How are you guys? I have been busy lately, with a lot of orders, but I have found some time to share with you this slightly different card: A keyboard card. I made this card for a special occasion where the celebrated one will receive a very special keyboard, a mechanical one. I don’t see the advantage of having a mechanical keyboard, but I must be outdated… On top of being mechanical, this one also has no writing at all on any of the buttons! Ya, I don’t see the point, but again, if someone can be happy with it, why not. But now about my card. I made a card stock black keyboard with no writing on it.

IMG_8433This card could fit for any guy who likes computers, for father day or a birthday… As I had to search a bit before finding the right dimensions, I thought I would share the dimensions (and how to) with you. You will need:

black card stock:
One 10 1/2 x 10, scored at 5
One 9 7/8 x 10, scored at 5
Sixty 1/2 x 1/2 (all small buttons)
Two 1/2 x 1 (left second row)
One 1/2 x 3 1/2 (space bar)
Two 1/2 x 3/4 (extremities third row from the bottom)
Two 1/2 x 1/4 (Extremities upper row)
Two 1/2 x 1 1/4 (big buttons numeric board)

White card stock:
one 4 3/4 x 9 3/4
one 4 5/8 x 9 3/4
one small circles (I used my SU! owl punch)

Coloured card stock:

mini circles, blue (SU! Owl punch)
small circles, red (SU! Owl punch)

Others:

Liquid glue (I use tombo mono)
Dimensional adhesive (I use rolls of dimensional tape, see the trick below!)
Sticky strip (SU!)
A ruler can be useful too.

The assembly is quiet easy, you just have to look at the pictures above and below! However, I have some little indications:

First: The two big black pieces should be joined together on the 5 inch side, and completely overlap. As there is a bit of traction on these parts when you open the card, it is best to use a very sticky adhesive. I use sticky strip for this one.

IMG_8436Second: One of the sides will stick out of the rest when you fold the card, this is the one that needs to be cut to create the little extruding piece on the right. This piece is 2 1/2 inches on top and 3 inches on the bottom. I used a ruler and a pencil to clearly mark what I wanted to cut out before cutting. This can spare you headaches!

IMG_8435Third: A little trick for applying your dimensional adhesive (only for people using dimensional ribbon as I do. I think Artemio and Scor-Pal also sell this kind of adhesive). Here it is: I adhere my ribbon on baking paper and cut it into pieces (the size I need). This avoids the dimensional of sticking to my scissors and I can cut a whole bunch very quickly!

tutorial_2Finally: Adhering the buttons is a bit a pain in…. But using your ruler to align the buttons on one row makes it already much easier. Once the buttons are placed you can adhere the white panes inside for the writing.

Of course you can make a card without the third panel. I needed this one as a lot of people were going to write in the card, thus a lot of space was required.

As you may expect, this card does not fit into any standard sized envelope, so I made one myself. Here are the dimensions and instructions:

One 12 x 12 black paper sheet.
Score in one direction at 4 1/4, 10 and 12 inches.
Score the other direction at 7/8 inches on either side.
Cut away this small strip except in the middle pane.
Round all corner and fold your paper. The best way is to put your card inside the envelope when folding as it is quiet thick (Otherwise the envelope will be too small).

So, I am done for this evening, it is almost midnight and I am falling asleep…
Sleep tight!

Crealotte