88 posts categorized "Masculine"


Thu 02

All My Love Forever
by Michelle Bala

Hello !!! Michelle here!  Funny how we go from Christmas and holiday cards, right to Valentine's Day cards!  I made this card for my husband. I love the teal shades paired with black and silver. I used Leafy Heart Craft Die and die cut it two times, once on copic friendly paper the second on black cardstock.  I laid down a layer of  Copic BG11 than added some darker shades of BG15, BG34 and BG18.  I adhered the colored leaf to the black leaf cluster a bit off set. Add some silver stickles glitter glue and set aside to dry.


I inked up my background panel with tumbled glass, evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon and black soot. I splattered some white and black paint. Set aside to dry. Die cut Love Airy Script Craft Die two times, silver and black cardstock. Adhere off set.  I embossed the sentiment from Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamp Set using silver embossing powder. 


I assembled all the elements using foam tape. To finish off I added some silver gems. I love it!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! What do you think?

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Wed 04

Masculine Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Inspired by this month’s Holiday Cards challenge and needing more masculine cards, I have a masculine Christmas card to share today.

Started by trimming three 1-1/4” wide strips of pattern paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots paper pack.  Lined up the Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters on painter’s tape as shown in this post HERE, then die cut “merry” from each strip, staggering them from top left to bottom right. Adhered the negative die-cut strips to a black A2 sized panel.


The camouflage/hidden sentiment technique was used here, so I made sure not to lose any of the die cut pieces.  In this particular case, the centers of the R’s.  Placed the R die-cut into the appropriate spots and used as a guide to position and adhere the inner pieces to the black panel.  Each letter was then die cut four times from black cardstock and stacked with the pattern letter for dimension.  Inlaid the stacked letters to complété the hidden sentiments.  Finished off with a trio of sparkling snowflakes and a Christmas script sentiment all die cut from Bristol paper.  


The camouflage sentiment technique is one of my favourite die cutting techniques.  And before I go, I want to respond to a question left by Kathie on my last post.  She asked if I have a YouTube channel.  The answer is yes, but I’m not set up to make process videos {yet}, so I’m afraid my channel would be of no use at this time. 😂  Thank you to everyone who leaves encouraging comments.  I really appreciate it.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a great day.  






Sat 23

Spritz, Emboss and Layer the Chandele Snowflake by Jean Okimoto

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Celeberate the season with the delicate Chandele Snowflake - layered over its embossed image for extra dimension.  Add a pair of greetings from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set and glittery blue accents.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here on a winter-y fall weekend.

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Have a water spritzer ready for this process.  Snap the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink colors together with the lever on the side of the inkpad.  Lift and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the inks about 20 times for complete coverage.  Spritz it lightlty with two short bursts of water.  Spritz the inked brayer lightly too.  Roll the brayer over the damp watercolor paper to create a variegated blue background.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, then dry it completely with a heat-tool.  Spray with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  The die set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box but your Retailer may have some.  Pressure-emboss it with the Chandele Star die - slightly offset.  

Cut Chandele Snowflake from white cardstock.  Attach it to the circle.

Separate the inks using the lever.  Stamp the greeting - from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set - with the ink in the center section.  Stamp the second portion of the greeting inside the card.

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Diecut the tiny ovals surrounding the starburst in the center of the die from a scrap of blue glittered cardstock.   Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  

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Why not brayer some extra backgrounds while your supplies are out - be sure to clean the roller before each re-inking.  Your backgrounds will be ready when you need them for future projects.

We'll use similar techniques in the November 30th OUTSIDE THE BOX holiday cards class at Impress.  We're making variations of cards inspired by my designs here on the blog.  Not identical to these cards - lots of tweaking and techniques - and we're using some Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products too.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area that weekend.  Skip the malls, enjoy lots of parking and support Memory Box and Impress on Small Business Saturday!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend...






Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger


Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  


I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.


This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  







Mon 23

Snowy Pine Needle Oval Frame and Pine Tree Hill
by Anne Thompson

Living in Maine, the Pine Tree State, I was drawn to  both the PINE NEEDLE OVAL FRAME 94283 and the PINE TREE HILL 94295 for my winter and holiday cards.

I was trying to think of a way to put some snow on the die cut branches and its oval as well as on the pine trees.  Why not try VersaMark direct to the paper and heat set white embossing powder over it?  I tried it on the needles first.  And it worked! I got just what I was hoping for.  


And then I added a little bit to the oval.


Now to try the trees.  After die cutting the Pine Tree Hill, I left the die in place and pounced the VersaMark pad on top of the die to leave sticky stuff in the openings and around the base of the trees.  Those are the darker shiny spots you see in the photos below.



After carefully removing the die (and washing it with warm water and dish soap), I sprinkled on opaque white embossing powder and heat set it.



The next thing was to remove the die cut from the extra paper.  I used sharp scissors to cut from the edge to the slit by the trees on the left and right.  Then I trimmed the bottom edge straight using my paper trimmer.


I used foam tape along the base and the bottoms of the three trees and adhered this strip to a piece of blue dotted paper cut 4 X 5.25.  I snipped off the edges that overhung the paper.  Using a tape runner, I attached this panel to the front of a top-folded A2 notecard.IMG_1780

I chose "enjoy the beauty of the season" for the sentiment from the MISTLETOE SWAG Clear Stamps Set CL5247.  I stamped it in VersaMark on a scrap of the same green paper and embossed it with opaque white embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it on the card using foam tape.

Here's the finished card.


Now I just have to go back to the Pine Needle Oval Frame and make a card with that!

Happy Crafting!





Anne Signature

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Pine Tree Hill die 94295

Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set CL5247




Fri 06

Grapevine Wreath with Bittersweet using one of the Stylish Frame Trio and Silverdale Branch
by Anne Thompson

When I saw the STYLISH FRAME TRIO 94308 and the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 next to each other on my desk, I wondered if I could create a grapevine wreath using the middle-sized frame and add bittersweet to it using the Silverdale Branch.  This was the end result.


I actually started this card by working with the Silverdale Branch first.  I cut it from watercolor paper and used a variety of Distress inks in fall colors to paint it with a waterbrush.  I left it in the background to make it easier to paint.  


Once I removed it from the background I added more of the Crushed Olive ink along any white edges and added more of the Gathered Twigs ink on the berries.


 I cut the middle-sized frame from the Stylish Frame Trio set of dies three times using dark brown cardstock.


Next I added papers to the front of a kraft notecard--Vanilla Bean Gingham and Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots.  Then I used a glue pen to stack the three dies, rotating each one a bit to give me that grapevine wreath look I was after.


I adhered the painted Silverdale Branch to the card with foam dots, nestling it against the upper left inner edge of the frame.  


What do you think?  I love the look!  I papered the inside of the card with a panel of each of the patterned papers and lined the envelope as well.


I may use this as a Thanksgiving card or for a fall birthday,  This would work well as a guy card, too.  And it works for this month's "Framed!" challenge.


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 94308 Stylish Frame Trio
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Mon 18

Seashell Circle Frame with Elegant Shorebirds
by Anne Thompson

Here are two cards that feature the Seashell Circle Frame, cards that would work well as masculine ones because of the colors I chose.

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Both cards use the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 and one or two of the ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730.  The card on the right also uses the waves from the WONDERFUL WHALE FRAME 94228.

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the first card

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materials used

  • black A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and medium gray cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the gray on the bottom and slightly offset to make a shadow of the images.
  • Cut a circle from the same black notecard stock the same size as the Seashell Circle Frame using a circle die or trace the outline of the Seashell Circle Frame and cut it out.
  • Attach the layered images to the black circle and then that circle to the notecard--or skip the circle and just put everything on the notecard.  Use single pop-dots for the center shells and double them for the shorebird so he sits a little higher than the shells.
  • I lined the inside notecard panels, distressed licorice dots on the left and a black and white stripe on the right.

the second card

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materials used

  • brown A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame, Wonderful Whale Frame, and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and lighter tan cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the lighter tan on the bottom and offset for a shadow effect.  Use just the waves from the Wonderful Whale Frame.
  • Adhere the waves behind the Seashell Circle Frame using a glue pen and then attach
    to the front of the notecard.
  • Add two of the shells in the bottom right corner and pop-dot one of the standing shorebirds next to them.
  • Use a pop-dot to add the flying heron to the edge of the center circle.
  • I papered the inside of the card with a brown/black stripe on the left and a sandy-looking paper on the right.

Imagine these cards in other color combinations--black images on white notecards, blues on white, darker browns on kraft...I think there are many many ways to change the look by changing the tones of the shadows, too.  I LOVE this Seashell Circle Frame!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 23

Going Nautical
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  Trina here and I have a nautical masculine birthday card to share today.  I was rummaging through my drawers and came across some much forgotten brads.  Well, maybe not quite forgotten because I didn’t think I had any left.  Anyway, they gave me the idea to create a porthole sea scene with the Sailboat Frame die from the new Spring Collection.  


Of course you could use a wood background stamp and skip this part, but I did the faux wood technique to create my background.  Started with a panel of Smoky Slate cardstock and used a scoring tool to score lengthwise every 3/4”.  Turned the panel 90 degrees and scored some perpendicular lines in between those lines.  Next took a white pigment inkpad and dragged it down lengthwise accoss the panel.


Try not to work it too much.  You don’t want it to be uniform.  The process was repeated using Pumice Stone distress ink.


Finally a Smoky Slate marker and ruler were used to draw in the lines for better definition.  I found this technique worked better with the felt inkpads instead of the spongy type.  It also helps that the inkpad is not dry.  The panel was set aside to dry.


In the meantime, the water scene circle was die cut from hot press watercolor paper, then watercoloured with distress oxide inks.


The sailboat pieces was die cut three times from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  It was pieced together onto acetate then excess acetate was trimmed off.  This was done to make it simpler to handle.  The clouds are a single die cut layer.  The “porthole”  frame was created by die cutting from dark gray cardstock with two sizes of circles from the Circle Basics set.  Adhered the frame over the watercolored scene and added the brads.


The sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings was stamped with Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Adhered the panel to a white card base, then mounted the circle scene with fun foam.  Drew in a few seagulls and added highlights to the water with a white gel pen to finish.


This is just one of the many beautiful products from the Spring release.  Make sure to come back starting Monday for Blitz Week.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!




Mon 13

Holiday 2018...Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs
by Anne Thompson

Here's another combination of dies that works well together to make great cards for guys:  RUNNING ELK 94051, HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016, and SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021.  I made four cards using these dies in different color combinations.


And here's a closer look at the dies.


These are fairly simple quick and easy cards to cut and assemble.  Let's look at the one in browns first.


  • Die cut the Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs from medium brown cardstock.
  • Add a panel of Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper to a kraft notecard.
  • Use Scor-Tape to attach a doily to the top of that panel.
  • Use a glue pen or fine point glue applicator to secure the Running Elk to the doily circle.
  • Place one of the Holiday Twigs and one of the Snowberry Sprigs to the left of the center at the bottom of the elk circle and the other two to the right.  Secure them with glue dots or other adhesive.
  • Add a pretty satin ribbon bow to cover where the ends of the twigs and sprigs meet in the center.
  • On the inside of the card, add another panel of the Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper topped with a square or rectangle of kraft paper where you can write your message.

I made the blue one in the same way, using Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the panel and the twigs and sprigs and a solid light blue for the elk on top of white and blue doilies, finished with a blue satin ribbon.

For the red one I used a small red doily in the center of a white one and white and red cardstock layered for a red shadow on the elk.  I cut the Snowberry Sprigs from white cardstock and the Holiday Twigs from red/gold printed handmade paper and topped everything with a white satin bow.

The greens card was just a tiny bit more involved because I cut all of the dies from watercolor paper, left the sprigs and twigs in place with their background paper, and painted the berries in shades of red and the stems in shades of green before popping them out.  I used handmade paper from Birch Press Design in Ziggy Stripe for the panel, a light green doily and a bright red satin ribbon.


Four more cards for my holiday stash!  And lots more color combination ideas!  This card design would also work well for almost any occasion when you need a guy card in a hurry--birthday, anniversary, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.  And if you didn't want to use doilies, any patterned or plain paper circle a little larger than that of the elk would also work.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:


And here is the first card:  white on white on white...


This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:


This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  


I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.


The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.


And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.


And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.


Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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