Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Getting There stamp set, Hardwood Background, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Masculine Cards, Old World Map, Road Trip, Tim Holtz

MAN Cards!

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Sometimes it’s hard to come up with great “man cards” and I certainly am known for making tons of florals!  But over the years I’ve created some masculine cards which I really love and want to share with you today!  My first one is made using a very old, retired Stampin Up set called Fly Fishing.  I’ve had it for many years and will never get rid of it!   I used Stampin Up’s retired Old World Map and Crackle background stamps, Crumb Cake ink, and the images from Fly Fishing.  Sponging ink around the edges and roughing them up gives this card a great distressed look!  How about that lifted corner with a fishing fly stamped behind it?!  🙂  
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This card was also made with Stampin Up’s retired Old World Map and a very cool texture stamp which I’ve had for years.  The ship image is one I bought from a Facebook stamping group, and I don’t know who made it.  I think the little knotted twine gives this an added nautical feel!  
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Okay, so a beer card!!!  I made this for my husband and he loved it!  I used Unity Stamp’s Keep Calm- Have A Beer set and embossed it in black then colored the beer with Zig markers.  I added Crystal Effects clear glue as a glaze to depict the glass…just wish I’d thought to add beer foam somehow!  The sentiment is also from awesome Unity Stamps!  
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What guy doesn’t love a card with a vintage car?!  I found and printed off this map of Vermont, sizing it down to fit my card and used images from Tim Holtz’ set Road Trip.  The Chevelle stamp is made by Deep Red Stamps company.  
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A fun baseball themed card using Stampin Up’s Take Me Out To The Ballgame and assorted texture stamps.  The base card was embossed and sponged with ink to make the stars stand out.  I love this card!  
Play the Music card
This card was made especially for my husband who was taking guitar lessons at the time. The sentiment was perfect and the brown metal thingie is something I’d had in my stash for ages!  I think it all came together beautifully!  
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Isn’t this so serenely beautiful?!  The main image is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and I just love it!  The base card was embossed with a pine branch embossing folder.  I used Stampin Up’s Woodgrain background stamp on the sentiment strip.  
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Here’s another ship card using the wonderful set Getting There by Tim Holtz!  Distress oxide inks make this background so GORGEOUS!!  😀  Note: more aging/distressing/tearing and roughing up!  I can’t stop looking at this card!!  
train card
Lastly, I’ll end with this cool train card which I copied from one I found on Pinterest!  Tim Holtz Getting There train and tickets…I hope you enjoyed my array of masculine cards and are inspired to create some of your own!  
Distress Oxides, Everyday Sayings, Florals, Get Well, Hero Arts, Jumbo Dahlia, Kaleidoscope of Leaves, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Simon Says Stamp, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous + Simon Says Stamp = WOW

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I feel like I’m behind on posting but I guess I’m not, really!  This weekend I worked for several hours finishing up TONS of cards with the insides, envelopes and packaging.  I am determined to complete the process for each card as I make it from now on!!  I did take some time this evening to use this Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia image (no longer current) which I’d colored with Zigs a while back and had put aside.  Today I cut it into two pieces so I could make two cards with it!  
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This gorgeous background was made with Simon Say’s Stamp’s Kaleidoscope Leaves background stamp, upon which I randomly brushed Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink along with a little Black Soot.  I spritzed the stamp with water then stamped it onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock.  The base card is actually the first one I did but didn’t like the look so just covered it with my second version!  
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On a strip of the Bristol Smooth I used the Kaleidoscope Leaves background in the same manner, but with Carved Pumpkin and Fired Brick distress oxide inks, spritzing with water for that soft watery look.  I trimmed it down, layered it onto a strip of gray textured card stock, then heat-embossed the sentiment in black.  
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This card was created in the same way, but without the card stock layer behind the sentiment which is from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set.  I embossed that with black to make it pop on the softer background and lifted it with a strip of fun foam.  A piece of Basic Gray patterned paper is placed behind the background layer and all was mounted to a black base card.  
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I think these two cards are just beautiful and it felt good to create after hours of busy work with finishing up cards!!  
Birthday, Distress Oxides, Fern Die Set, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Mom Flowers, Mother's Day, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Mom Flowers In Pink & Gold

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I’ve really enjoyed embossing these blossoms in a variety of colors and just had to do gold!  Colored with Zig markers, I fussy-cut them out and set them aside.  On a piece of white card stock, I heat-embossed in gold this very old Italian script stamp I’ve had for years!  Then I brushed Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink over it with a very soft makeup brush.
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I gold-embossed MOM onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth and created the ombre effect by placing a little color at the top of the letter, then used my water brush to pull it down.  I fussy-cut the letters so they’d fit better on my card.  The leaves are by Gina Marie Designs and I die-cut them from this interesting gold foil paper I’ve had on hand.  
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Lastly, I arranged the blossoms and leaves then adhered them with glue and foam tape for dimension.  No promises that this is my last Mom Flowers card!  😉  
Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Mom Flowers, Mother's Day, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Mom Flowers!

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I can’t get enough of this lovely set, Mom Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!  For this card and the next one, I used pretty shades of gray and yellow Zig markers to color, after heat-embossing the blossoms in silver!  I stamped the background with Stampin Up’s Smoky Slate ink, then stamped MOM on a scrap of Bristol Smooth with Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  The sprigs are die-cut from silver foil card stock.
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Isn’t the sentiment over the MOM just so pretty and meaningful?!  I also love how the light reflects off the embossed flowers and the foil sprigs!
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The card didn’t seem complete until I added drops of yellow Nuvo Drops as accents.  These cards will be going to our local gift shop soon for Mother’s Day!
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I had this pretty patterned paper in my stash, and die-cut the ovals with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then attached them to the base card of white upon which I’d randomly stamped the blossoms in Fossilized Amber distress ink.  After embossing MOM onto another scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink around the edges and mounted it using a strip of fun foam to lift it up.  I arranged the blossoms and silver sprig atop the MOM strip, and then added Nuvo Drops in silver to accent!

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I think someone’s Mom will love this card!  🙂
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So many beautiful papers just waiting to be used!!  Look at this one with pinks, yellow and brown!  I love the vintage look of it; it reminds me of old-fashioned wallpaper!  My new set isn’t looking so new anymore!  😀
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers make it so quick and easy to color beautifully!
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I had die-cut this ornate frame from brown patterned paper in order to glue it on top of the fun foam one, but the foam frame stretched out a little so the paper one didn’t fit.  Oh well!  It still works!  😀
Classic Convertibles, Distress Inks, Embossing Folders, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Papertrey Ink, Road Trip, Sizzix Diamond Plate, Stampin Up, Stampin Up World Traveler, Stylish Sentiments, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz Travel Signs

Playing with Trucks and Cars!

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I’ve made a number of masculine cards over the years using trucks and cars; they’re a popular image for the guys in our lives and I enjoy the break from florals!  This card was made using a car from the long-retired Classic Convertibles set by Stampin Up.  I heat-embossed the image in black then cut it out and colored with Zig markers.  I needed a map background so googled Vermont road maps and printed this off on the computer and roughed up the edges after smudging with Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain distress inks.  The Route 66, tire track and Road Trip images are from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set and I stamped those right over the map.  I used a diamond-plate embossing folder on the base card and smudged Walnut Stain distress ink over the raised part to get the grungy look. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp’s I’d Go Anywhere set.  
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Another awesome vintage car from Stampin Up’s set, colored and cut out.  I printed out this map of Vermont, smudged Pumice Stone distress ink around the edges, stamped the mileage stamp in red from the same Tim Holtz set and the sentiment from Fiskars Let’s Get Lost was heat-embossed onto the map.  This was a quick and easy card!  
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For this card I used Deep Red Rubber Stamp’s Chevelle, colored and cut out.  The same printed out Vermont map with more images from the Tim Holtz Road Trip set and the sentiment is from The Stampin Place.  The interstate sign image is from the Fiskars set I mentioned previously and it has an empty space for whatever numbers you choose!  I stamped in the 89 because that’s our main highway here in Vermont!  I smudged ink around the edges, roughed it up with my scissors, then tore and curled up a corner for a fun, distressed look!  Layered onto a red panel, then a black card base, I think this is a pretty cool card!  
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Another combination of Stampin Up and Tim Holtz!  The awesome embossed background is Tim Holtz Travel Signs on kraft cardstock, smudged with Walnut Stain distress ink.  A strip of colorful Tim Holtz patterned paper on a narrow panel of red card stock really pops!  
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The last in my series of trucks and cars, this truck is from Deep Red Stamps as well!  I stamped it in the center of a piece of white card stock, then masked it in order to stamp the other images around it.  They’re from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments .  I then uncovered the truck, colored it with a red Zig marker and glazed it with a coat of Glossy Accents.  The PTI set came with the little star stamp which I randomly stamped in red around the card front.  I trimmed the panel down to layer onto black, then onto a base card of Stampin Up Crumb Cake on which I’d embossed their folder called World Traveler.  I hope you enjoyed this series of masculine cards!  
Bouquet of Thanks, Florals, Get Well, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks III

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I think this is one of my favorite sets by Simon Says Stamp!  I had just gotten the die that goes with Bouquet of Thanks and had to try it out!  The first thing I did for this card was stamp the image onto Bristol Smooth paper and color with Zig markers.  I chose assorted bright colors and used a little water to soften them.  I then used the die to cut out the image and set it aside while I figured out my next steps!  
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Using my Hero Arts Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut set, I stamped out Get Well onto a strip of watercolor paper then cut it with the banner die, adding a larger background banner in blue.  I had the Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die already in my stash and decided to incorporate it into my card somehow.  
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This pretty red and white polka-dotted paper came in a thick paper pad given to me by my daughter, Caitlin and was the perfect background for my card!  I trimmed down a panel of it to fit on my white card base, then attached the Stitched Rectangle die cut in the center; I think it helps to break up the dotty background and nicely frames the flowers!  The flowers were mounted with bits of foam tape and the last detail was to add some Nuvo Drops in Caribbean Ocean blue randomly onto the background!  There’s a lot going on, but it all works beautifully, I think, don’t you?  I hope that this card cheers up whoever receives it!