Happy Birthday Handsome | Hero Arts


September, 08, 2017

I hear a lot of people say that they struggle with making masculine cards. And I am right there with you! I am naturally drawn to more feminine colors and designs, so it takes some extra thought and planning to create a design that doesn't look too girly. So today I created a masculine birthday card that has a simple design that uses some basic shapes to create the foundation of the card.

I started out by creating a circle mask using the Circle Infinity Dies and placing it on a piece of Azure Layering Paper. Then I used the Pop Pattern Stencil and embossing paste to create the textured background. I tinted my white embossing paste with blue ink to create the tone on tone effect. The pattern of this stencil reminds me of a metal diamond plate pattern you would see in a garage or on a toolbox, so it seemed perfect to use for a masculine card.

Once I removed the masking paper and the embossing paste was dry, I adhered this panel to a Snow Folded Card along with a strip of Mandarin Layering Paper along the left side.

I die cut a tag using the Tag Infinity Dies from Snow Layering Paper and stamped my sentiment from the Birthday Messages stamp set. I love the mix of fonts in this set and I think adding the word "handsome" makes this card really fun!

I tied on some twine, popped up the tag with some foam adhesive and rounded two corners of the card to finish it off. 

With the right products and mind set a masculine card isn't so hard to make after all! Switch out the message on the tag and this same card design could be used for many other occasions as well.

Have a great day!



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Kirsty Vittetoe

September 08, 2017

Such an awesome masculine card!

Kimberly S

September 08, 2017

We don’t see many masculine cards these days’ this one is very manly and nice

Celeste Goff

September 09, 2017

What an awesome masculine card! Love the tag!

Kathy S

September 11, 2017

Such a great masculine card. I always learn so much watching your videos! Thank you for the inspiration.


November 28, 2017

Thank you, Kelly. I do struggle with men and boy cards. I have done some stencil embossing, but haven’t, as yet, expanded on the idea very much. Will do more, now.


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