This post was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Hi friends! I am back with some projects for Man Card Monday. As a flower lover, I always find that I am short on cards appropriate for those manly min in my life, so I have decided to challenge myself to creating at least one card a month that is decidedly masculine. Today’s projects are an ode to green; I recently purchased some Tonic Water Sprite cardstock and thought how lovely it would look paired with Simon Says Stamp’s Midnight Green cardstock. It definitely did not disappoint! I find that green is the ultimate neutral, because you can pair it with more feminine colors to create an almost floral effect, or you can keep things simple with a monochromatic color palette and make it appropriate for any person!
Whenever I am searching for my starting point for the Man Card Monday series, I start by searching my dies. I find that bold, graphic dies work perfectly for creating masculine cards, and the Moving X Cover Plate and the Boho Chain die were both large and graphic, fitting the bill perfectly. Let’s get started with the details!
To start, I die cut the Moving X Cover Plate twice, once from Midnight Green cardstock and once from Tonic Water Sprite cardstock. Reserving all of the individual pieces, I began reassembling the die cut using both the shining, iridescent foil cardstock and accenting the pattern with some of the deep Midnight Green die cut pieces. I layered them on an A2 panel of Midnight Green cardstock, which leaves a bold border around the edge. The shine on this cardstock looks fabulous with the die cut pattern, making it almost metallic!
For the greeting, I heat embossed some of the sentiments included in the Big Old Birthday set. These sentiments are very generously sized, making them perfect for these masculine cards that need bold, impactful elements. I heat embossed the large greeting and the smaller sentiment strip using Platinum embossing powder on more Midnight Green cardstock, die cutting the large sentiment with the coordinating die and trimming the smaller one down with my trimmer. I popped them up on the shiny die cut background and decided that it didn’t need anything else; the bold background didn’t need any further enhancement with gems or textural elements!
For my second card, I put to use the marvelous Boho Chain die, again using the Midnight Green and Water Sprite combination. I die cut the Boho Chain die using the shiny foil cardstock and adhered it to the deep green A2 background using liquid adhesive. I popped up the diamond-shaped centers using foam squares to add some extra dimension. To accent the foil and add a bit more textural interest to the background, I trimmed down a piece of Altenew Forest Canopy Glitter cardstock to a thin strip and laid it next to my Boho Chain die cut. The iridescent coating on the foil paper offers many different shades of green, depending at which angle you view the paper, which makes it super easy to accent!
For the greeting, I selected another simple sentiment from Big Old Birthday, again embossing the sentiment stamps using Platinum embossing powder on more Midnight Green cardstock. The Platinum embossing powder stands out so nicely from the intense forest green cardstock! I die cut the large sentiment with the coordinating die, using my Tim Holtz guillotine trimmer to trim down the sentiment strip. I popped up the greeting pieces on the card front using foam adhesive squares, finally accenting the foiled chain die cut with some green pearls for one last simple, metallic accent.
Well, that’s all for today’s projects! If you are struggling to come up with a masculine card, I encourage you to check out these super graphic dies in the standalone die collection. A bold, graphic background is always an acceptable neutral, no mattern your recipient! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!