I know a lot of cardmakers sometimes battle to make male themed cards, for me I think the idea is to keep it simple. But my real winning approach is to keep the same approach I have when making any other card – just transform it by changing the papers, colours and focal points to something, well a little more manly.
For these cards for guys I actually used a real girly paper pad, but by combining the right paper designs with some manly die-cuts from docrafts I was able to create some fun boyish cards for the guys in my life.
What really helped is those wonderful die-cuts from docrafts, and although they work perfectly for dad, they are meant for any of guy from young to old.
Here’s what I did with my cards…
I wanted to combine different colours into my die-cuts, so I used at least two colours of papers on each die-cut for a fun shadow or filler idea.
Die-cut the crest shape out of a piece of inked cardstock. I used my favourite Bloom spray from Prima in blue and combined it with VersaMagic ink from Tsukineko to create some fun marbled papers.
Die-cut the word “best” out of smooth brown AC cardstock using your Cuttlebug. Remember the sandwich I use is A, B then C for a clean crisp cut that will not buckle your B plate.
Die-cut the “best” word again using a patterned paper from your Hello Darling paper pad.
Add a small amount of Tombow adhesive to the back of the patterned paper letters only.
Adhere the coloured letters to the brown cardstock letters but slightly off-set so that the brown will create a shadow effect underneath the coloured letters.
Die-cut the crest in a second colour, like dark brown AC cardstock.
Adhere the one colour crest to your card and then use the second colour from the second cut to fill in the gaps for a multi-coloured effect.
And there you have three quick ideas of how you can turn your die-cuts into multi-coloured cuts in a few easy steps using your Cuttlebug and some creative die-cut elements.
It really is the simple things that you do with all those wonderful products that you own that will give you a different look each and every time!
So the moral of the story is, take the same approach you have for all your projects, change the colours and focal points and make something boyish for the guys in your life – but always stay true to your own style! It is what makes you YOU!
- AC 662740 We R Memory Keepers Hello Darling 12×12 Paper Pad
- AC 01155 Heidi Swapp Hello Today 12×12 Paper Pack
- PC 2000293 Cuttlebug V2
- Silhouette CAMEO® Electronic Cutting Tool
- Dear Lizzie Bicycle Design
- TB 62191 Tombow Mono Multi Glue
- AC NATURALS 71774 AC Cardstock 12×12 Smooth – Coffee
- TGD-15 VersaMagic Dew Drop Ink Pad – Turquoise Gem
- PM 573898 Color Bloom Spray – Cobolt (59ml)
- DXCU503187 Xcut A5 Dies – Text (24 Pieces)
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