During my frenzy of making cards using the various Spellbinders dies I realized I had overlooked making masculine cards ... so I decided to remedy the situations with the following two cards.
The first card is very formal and has a "British" style to it due to the glittered paisley patterned paper from Die Cut with a View that I chose for the background. The stripe across the card is the lower portion of the background paper; which I cut out and then relocated. The panels are made using a metallic copper paper from The Paper Company and the largest of the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Label Four die and an ivory paper from Die Cut with a View and the second to the largest Spellbinders Shapeabilities Label Four die. On the ivory panel I stamped a horse scene from Stamp Camp using Ranger Archival Sepia colored ink; which I then colored with pencils. The text is a rub-on from American Crafts.
The second card is somewhat less formal and is almost childlike. The concept was to create a crest to congratulate someone for "something". The card is covered with a vertical ice blue diamond patterned paper from Die Cut with a View and edged with an ice blue ink from Tsukineko. The background panels is cut and embossed tan shimmering paper from Bazzill Basics. The actual shield and the wreath are a Tim Holtz die from Sizzix. The shield was cut from a shimmering light blue paper from Bazzill Basics and more diamond patterned paper and then edged with ice blue ink. The banners are done using shimmering white paper from Canson with the Spellbinders Fancy Labels die and then edged in gold ink from Tsukineko. The crown is actually the inset or throw away part of one of the Spellbinders Fancy Labels Three cut out from a scrap piece of The Paper Company's antique gold paper. To finish the card I used silver/pewter rub-on flowers and Fleur-de-Lis on the shield from Autumn Leaves, a black colored sticker text from Stampendous and turquoise faux gems also from Stampendous.