As I explained in my "Introduction" (http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2016/12/01/Make-Your-Life-Colourful---Handmade-Cards---Introduction) I find it a little more difficult to come up with fun card designs for men then designs for cards for women. Too much bling is considered not guy appropriate but I don't want to make a card that feels boring to me (I don't know about you but for me a little bling is a nice way to finish of a card).
During the last couple of months I found a style that I especially like for cards that I feel are men appropriated and that I enjoy making. This card style I would describe as retro or vintage. In this post I want to share some of the cards that I made for the men in my life in the past so that you can get a feel for my style and what I mean by retro or vintage.
Cars and other Vehicles
When I think of what a man could like on a card I think about women in not too much clothing or cars and such. Since I'm not going to make a card with a half-naked woman on the front I went with the cars and other vehicles as a theme. Additional I like to use machinery items and sometimes I can't resist the urge to go for a cute coloured image (LOTV has such beautiful stamps for men for colouring, you should really check them out if you haven't already: LOTV stands for "Lili of the Valley" and shipping is free worldwide for any order of 10 English Pounds or more. http://liliofthevalley.co.uk/
For the above card I used plain crème card stock to start with and a basic dark brown card base. I used the locomotive image from the Viva Decor "Oldtimer" stamp set and stamped this image a couple of times with Memento "Espresso Truffle" ink and my MISTI (see tab "Handy Crafty Things" http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2016/12/16/A-stamping-tool-review-the-MISTI) to make it real dark. I stamped this image a second time on another sheet of the crème card stock, later on I cut the locomotive image itself out to layer it on the first image.
Then I stamped with Memento "Rich Cocoa" the sentiment "Happy Birthday to You" from the LOTV "Handwritten Phrases" stamp set and the saying from the Kaisercraft "Way of Life" stamp set. The little clock/ticket image is an embellishment from my local craft store.
The happy birthday sentiment was stamped on a cut out from the Mama Elephant "Bold Banner" die that I run through my Big Shot (see tab "Handy Crafty Things" http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2016/12/02/A-die-cut-and-embossing-machine-for-me-the-Sizzix-Big-Shot ).
Then I distressed the edges with a distressing tool like the Heidi Swapp "Edge Distresser", you can also use the Tim Holtz distressing tool or just your scissors. You want the edge of your crème card stock to look frayed, old and used (vintage/retro whatever you prefer).
After that I inked up the edges of every piece, except the second locomotive, with Distress ink "Antique Linen" and the banner a tiny bit extra with the Memento "Rich Cocoa", to make it stand out a bit more. The second locomotive I cut out, leaving a small white border, and I put some "Antique Linen" on the locomotive itself to fit it in with the rest of the card.
I build up the layers for my card as you can see in the picture and I used regular liquid glue and foam tape for that.
And that is the finished card!
Other cards where I used vehicle stamps and machinery items
Next I will show you some pictures of other cards where I used cars and machinery items for decoration.
As you can see I like to match the inside of my card with the theme on the outside. Both the car and the machinery stamp are from the Scrapberry's "Auto Vintage" stamp set. The die cut on the front of the card (the machinery) is from the Memory Box "Steampunk Corner" die and I cut it from matte gold metallic card stock. As a background I used an embossing folder from a unknown brand on turquoise coloured paper with a craft core. As you can see there is no sentiment on this card because the person I made this card for (for her to use) did not want a sentiment on there, but you could easily ad when if you wanted to.
On the card above I used the same "Steampunk Corner" die (but cut some parts of) from brown card stock that is a little shiny (but not to much, no bling!) and I used a stamp from the Joy Crafts "Retro Cars" stamp set. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted ("Simply Quilled" stamp set) on the same Mama Elephant "Bold Banner" die cut. "Antique Linen" ink was used again as well as a little "Vintage Photo" distress ink. The background is made with an embossing folder from Sizzix and Tim Holtz named "Bubble" and after running it through my Big Shot I put on both of the inks mentioned above for the pattern to show up more. You can use any colour you want (but I would not recommend pink ...). I made a different version with more red and a different car from the same "Retro Cars" stamp set.
For a different kind of background you can use structure paste / modelling paste as I did in the card in the next picture. You can put the colour on after you let the paste dry (overnight, if the back of the card stock feels cold then it is not dry yet, you can put the stencil back on for the colouring).
If you know what hobby the man you are making a card for has, you can also work this into your card. My father in law likes photography for example so I made this card for him.
For the background I used a stencil and Distress paint and ink.
That was it for today
I hope you got some great ideas for your next guy card and if you have a theme you like to use for your "Cards for Men" I would love to hear about it!