Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PP83 and Plant Hope

The challenge this week at The Paper Players was to create a masculine project with clean and simple lines. I love making masculine cards! I used the Plant Hope Stamp Set in muted earth tones for this birthday card with a tropical feel. I made my own background paper using only the fronds of the palm tree in Early Espresso Ink stamped off once. 

 I'm always surprised when people tell me they struggle with masculine projects, so to help I have come up with some suggestions to help make your project more 'manly'!
  • Colors: Think earth tones, like Regals and Neutrals collections
  • Patterns: Stripes, plaids, geometric patterns are always safe
  • Embellishments: Keep it simple. Brads, buttons, linen or hemp twine, grosgrain ribbon
  • Techniques: Think rugged, like tearing, distressing and sponging
  • Texture: Use lots of it! I especially like Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
  • Images: 
    • Nature: leaves, trees, pine cones and shells
    • Wildlife: Wild animals, birds and fish
    • Anything motorized: cars, boats, trains, motorcycles
    • Anything mechanical, tools
    • Sporting goods
  • My favorite current stamp sets suitable for masculine cards
    • Plant Hope
    • Uncharted Territory
    • Need for Speed
    • French Foliage
    • Lovely as a Tree
    • Daring Adventure
    • In Wilderness
    • Natures Nest
    • Totally Tool
    • Natures Silhouettes
    • Courage
    • Many Mustaches (a la carte)
    • Tool Shed (background stamp)
    • Packed for Dad (Occasions Mini)
    • You're my Type (Occasions Mini)

I hope that gets you started on your own masculine projects!

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Plant Hope, Family Reunion
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, River Rock, Early Espresso
Ink Pads: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Markers: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Stampin Sponge, Word Window and Modern Label Punches
Accessories: Silver Brads

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jaydee said...

Sandy, great card. I love the colors and the embossed background. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

Ann Schach said...

A perfect masculine card, Sandy! The texture is fabulous! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Selene Kempton said...

So very beautiful!

Lesley said...

I love this set Sandy and I always almost buy it! I need to do it because it looks great on your card! Love the layout and texture. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

Anne Marie Hile said...

This is one great guy card, Sandy! Awesome suggestions for masculine card ideas, too. I may have added a set or two to my wish list. Lol! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)