Handmade Masculine Valentine

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!

Handmade Masculine Valentine

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!

Click here to order Valentine Love from Stampin' Up!
Valentine Love (W 122695, C 122697)

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.

Handmade masculine Valentine

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.

Valentine Love from Stampin' Up!
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!

Masking a stamp before inking
If you're wanting to make a great handmade masculine Valentine for your sweetie, consider the Valentine Love stamp set, Well Worn Designer Series Paper, and Denim Jean Ribbon from Stampin' Up!

5 Responses to Handmade Masculine Valentine

  1. Janet Higerd January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Sage – I love this card – it is the perfect guy card – last night I was working on some Valentine cards for a club meeting this Saturday and thought how nice the Well Worn DSP would look, but couldn’t come up with anything to do – thanks for the inspiration!I don’t have that stamp set, but I think that I can get some other heart to work. I will give it a try and email you a photo.
    Thanks!

  2. Nancy Dawson January 13, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    WOW great card! Love it all. I had forgotten about the twill tape and this is such a pretty way to use it. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Sandi Dailey January 13, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    What an awesome card Sage!! Love the totally masculine look — you really pulled it off. I don’t have this stamp set, but wish I did now.

  4. Sage Kimble January 13, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks, everybody. Im so glad you like the guy card. I had to really restrain myself to keep it masculine!

    Sage Kimble
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
    sage@stampingmadly.com

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

  5. Deb B (Debadoo) January 14, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    You did a great job! It’s hard to think masculine particularly with the traditional pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day

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