As you've probably noticed, cards that I can give to men are not my strong suit, but I set out this week to create a handmade masculine valentine card. No frillies, no bows, but still my style. Let me know what you think!
Masculine doesn't have to be boring, does it? I used some of my favorite techniques and embellishments: Embossing, Mist Shimmer Paint, distressing, ribbons, and brads. I love the stamp from the Valentine Love set, and have been waiting for a chance to play with it. I didn't think it would be for a masculine card, but as I started designing, I decided to go that direction with it and leave off the girlie stuff!
The background is a piece from the Well Worn Designer Series Paper. I distressed all the layers, sponged the edges, then sponged the surface of the Very Vanilla pieces so they wouldn't look so bright. Then brayered everything with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.
The heart was embossed with Riding Hood Red Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, then I did a second image so I could cut it out with the Full Heart Punch. Then I popped it up with some Dimensionals.
I love how the Denim Jean Ribbon adds to the masculine feel of this card. I layered it on top of some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, then added the tags embellished with the little button brads from Vintage Trinkets.
I wanted to use the Love Always stamp from Valentine Love, but it didn't fit in the Large Oval Punch. So I masked the stamp before inking it. On the left you can see how I covered the word "always" with tape, then inked the stamp with Riding Hood Red Craft Ink. You have to be sure to remove the tape before stamping on card stock, or you'll get a big smudge. Ask me how I know that!