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
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”???
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.
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.
Hope this was helpful!
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 .
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.
Hope you like it!
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:This 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!
What I love about all crafts is that I can make or transform whatever I like to exactly what I love. That’s why today I wanted to share something a bit different from the usual paper crafts and jewellery designs I normally display on this blog. Indeed I wanted to introduce you to my new buddy: The Phoebe bag! I needed a new
bigger bag and did not want to wander through the stores. Moreover, I don’t have to make concessions such as: “I love the design of this bag but I prefer the colours they offer on the other design… Which one should I choose?”. I just made the bag I needed the way I wanted it.
Hope you liked it!
Here you have the link to the tutorial I used: http://www.rebekalambert.com/artsycrafty_babe/2009/06/the-people-have-spoken.html.
The weather is top again: full sun, warm, no clouds… What could we be hoping more? Oh yeah, not to be sick as hell. Indeed, I don’t feel good at all: I am home since one week now and just don’t seem to get any better. Most of the time I am in bed and doing nothing, really frustrating! But today I have a very little bit of energy and I thought I could share this set with you. I made it last month but did not have the time to post it yet. So here it is…
I love these orange beads. I bought these when we still lived in Canada and … “Oh what do I miss the local bead stores!” I don’t seem to find these nice bead shops here in Europe, really frustrating!!! Luckily, the internet exists to ease my pain .
And a close-up of the earrings…
I hope you liked these! Don’t forget, if you want this set, go to my store before they are sold!
Today I’ll share with you a present I made for friends who just became the parents of the little Joseph. I wanted to make something special, so I decided to make a 1 year album in which they had 1 page per month to add pictures of the growing baby.
I also made some matching embellishements and month tags they could add when putting in the pictures.
Hope you like it!
Any suggestions or remarks? Please do leave me your comments… I’ll certainly answer you!
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.
I 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! See ya later!
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!
See you next time and be sure to test this one out!
faux_washi_tape_feather.pdf (135 downloads)
Today I share with you part of an I got for Christmas. This necklace and earrings are made of silver pleated copper wire, real amethyst chips and swarovski crystals. It took me a while before the inspiration came, but luckily, I had some time to think about it. And then, one day, when I was sitting in the sofa, it just came to me. I immediately made it, and I was really happy with how it turned out! Hope you like it too…
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):
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