Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Day

Masculine cards are hard to make only because there are so few products out there that reflect masculine images ... unless you want to use tired cliches. I always try to find images that would make me stop and look ... not easy. So here are three cards I made using different media to try and celebrate our masculine side for Father's Day.

The first was made using the Art Deco Cricut cartridge and the Art Deco embossing folders from CuttleBug. The background (which inspired the card) was made using the CuttleBug Art Deco embossing folder and then coloring the embossed image with gold ink.The car was made using the Cricut cartridge and has five layers. I made the body of the car beige to match the golden background but that is the beauty of this  card ... the car can be made any color even the recipients favorite color!

The second card is a stamped card with a die cut frame background. I die cut the background using the Spellbinders Fleur de Lys die from a light brown paper. I then masked the interior portion and colored the fanciful edge details with a darker brown ink. On a white piece of paper, using all Stamp it Up stamps, I stamped in black the corner tree, the deer and then over stamped everything with a distress background. I cut the stamped panel down to fit inside the frame and lightly colored the background with chalk.

The last card was made Sizzix and Spellbinders dies to create a regal coat of arms with a very modern monochromatic masculine flair. The background is made using the parchment Sizzix and a textured tan paper which I edged with two shades of brown and then lightly with black ink to create a burned look. The next layer is made using Spellbinders Fancy Tags, cut from white paper and edged again with two shades of brown and then lightly with black ink. The next layer is made using the Spellbinders heraldry die and a metallic copper paper. This layer I also embossed. The final layer is the tattered banner made using the Sizzix die by the same name.

These cards are masculine and can be used for any occasion depending on the text used.