Hi there! Popping in today for August’s Man Card Monday! I missed last month’s Man Card Monday installment, so I thought I’d create two projects for this month to make up for it! Every month, I try to set aside at least one day in the month to create some masculine cards to build up my stash in case an unexpected (ahem, inadvertently forgotten) man-birthday comes up. I hate buying a card from the store when I have an office stuffed with stamps. The My Monthly Hero kit and add-ons for the month of August were absolutely perfect for masculine cards. No flowers, no frills, just a nice, strong cup of coffee is perfect to create a card for that uber masculine guy in your life. There are a few of these kits left, so if you’ve been on the fence, hurry over and grab one, because once they sell out, they’re gone for good! You can also subscribe if you are afraid to miss out on any future kits, as well.
For my first card, I wanted something simple and quick, something easily replicated and easily mailed. I used the updated Infinity die Teapot and Cups, both newly updated with inserts to cut out the handles! I cut both from some Pool Layering Paper, then used the new Doily background stamp to heat emboss a super detailed design onto the cup to add fabulous texture. I added the greeting from the new Spill The Tea add-on stamp set in black ink, then used liquid adhesive to adhere the teapot and foam adhesive for the teacup to add a bit more dimension. Simple, but effective! I could see this easily replicated with lots of different Bold Prints backgrounds and in all sorts of colors!
For my second project, I used the August My Monthly Hero kit to create an eclectic little cluster of coffee cups, like you’d see on a cafe table. I can just picture a group of friends, clustered around one of those tiny cafe tables, a variety of cups spread out in front of them because they all have different caffeine desires. 😉 I started by stamping and masking the coffee cups onto some watercolor paper, then left the masks on to clear emboss the new Doily Background to create some subtle texture. I then used the Daniel Smith Hero Arts Dot Palette to watercolor the cups, adding a coffee stain around the coffee cups using the new Cocoa Liquid Watercolor to help emphasize that pretty texture from the clear embossed background. I finally stamped a sentiment from the new kit onto a strip of white card stock and adhered it to the card front. Nice and flat and easy to mail!
Well, that’s all for this month’s Man Card Monday! I hope you enjoyed these projects using the new Hero Arts products from this month’s My Monthly Hero release, and that they inspired you to create some masculine cards of your own. It’s nice to have a little stash of man-friendly cards hanging out in my card container. Thanks so much for dropping by today! Have a marvelous week!