113 posts categorized "Masculine"


Sun 30

Put It In Gear Birthday Slimline by Jean Okimoto


Switch gears from flowers and prettiness to a slimline design for your special guy's birthday.  Slimlines provide plenty of space for bold designs, strong colors and a bit of sparkle.  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design featuring the new Put It In Gear 3D Embossing Folder.

Trim the brown 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection to about 4-½ x 6".  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Put It In Gear folder.  Cut it using part of the 3-⅛ x 8-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die.  Trim it to 5-½" wide.

Cut the dark orange 6x6x from the Sunny Orange Collection with the 6-¾ x 1-¾" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the cardstock to 3-¾" wide.  Spritz it with a generous amount of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Add rich highlights to any of the 6x6 Collection sheets with Imagine's spritzes for customized metallic cardstock to match your designs.

Cut Birthday Mail Posh Script from the green 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet and the dark brown Earth Neutral sheet.  It's a perfectly-sized mix of two great fonts that are easy to diecut and attach.  An added bonus - the tiny dot over the "i" is diecut from the background instead of the delicate script.  Just glue a scrap of brown cardstock behind the dot instead of saving and attaching that tiny dot.


Cut three of Tall Birthday Candles overlay from the dark teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Cut three solid backgrounds from the light orange Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Assemble the candles starting at the flame and working towards the bottom.  Attach the candle flame with foamtape.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½").  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers create perfectly proportioned layering pieces for slimline cards.  The die set also eliminates measuring and cutting (and re-cutting!) layers that might otherwise be noticeably wonky on such slim  cards.

Add turquoise jewels from the Bright Jewels set.  


Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!






Sun 23

Double-Emboss for Extra Details by Jean Okimoto


Add extra dimension and highlight the details of the School of Fish by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it.  This technique presses the details down into the Open Studio Watercolor Paper so it retains more of the original white color when inks are sponged onto the surface. Hope you're enjoying the weekend - Jean Okimoto here with an Under the Sea design in soft shades of green, teal and lavender.


Pressure-emboss School of Fish on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper - use the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Place the paper on a hard flat surface and sponge the design with peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and shaded lilac Distress Oxides - color-blend the inks just on the surface of the embossed paper - don't press the inks into the embossed design.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, and let it cool completely.  Cut it with School of Fish.

Cut the pale blue-lavender 6x6 sheet from the Stormy Blue Collection with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Center the rectangle in the Underwater 3D Embossing Folder and pressure-emboss the design.  Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach 5 fishes  - use foamtape for the top, 3rd and 4th fishes.  

Cut the delicate coral from the lavender Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the seaweed stalk twice from the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim about 1" from the bottom of one stalk and divide it into two narrow pieces.  Attach the seaweed and coral to the background.  There's a lot happening on the card - but the layered, blended colors play nicely with the detailed design.  I hope!


Thanks for visiting...hope you'll try this technique to highlight and emphasize the details of this versatile die.  It can be a Father's Day or birthday card for that special guy.  See you again on Thursday!






Thu 20

Sanded, Embossed Toolshed Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the bold, industrial look of the new Toolshed 3D Embossing Folder.  The silver Polished Foil Pad captures the dimensional details of the folder - trimmed to a narrow strip - and sanded to highlight the tools.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add extra contrast to an embossed design.


Attach a strip of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to the silver Polished Foil Pad sheet for extra thickness.  Place the strip near the right edge of the Toolshed 3D Embossing Folder and emboss it using the plate(s) and embossing mat required for your machine.  Trim it to 2 x 5-¾".


Place the embossed strip on a hard, smooth surface and carefully sand just the embossed tools with a sanding block.  Use long, level vertical strokes first, then short, level horizontal strokes.  Sanding the raised areas creates a contrast between the shiny background and matte, sanded areas.

Cut the dark orange and teal 6x6 sheets from the Sunny Orange and Fresh Aqua Collections with the 3rd smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the light orange Sunny Orange Collection sheet with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim the greetings with the die from the stamp set - shorten the "happy" strip by diecutting the extra space at the ends.

Attach everything to a slimline card (3-½ x 8-½") of the new White Woodgrain cardstock to coordinate with the card's toolbox theme - use foamtape for the greeing.

Add the orange Fairy Jewels from the Bright Jewels set.


Hope you'll try the sanding technique with other Polished Foil Pad colors and Memory Box 3D Embossing Folders - the Waves and Underwater embossing folder designs would be great on the blue foils.

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!






Wed 19

Grand Scallop Shell Easel Card
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a masculine card to share today using products from the Under the Sea collection.  The card was going to be a regular landscspe card just as you see above, but then I thought turning the Grand Scallop Shell into an easel would be more fun. 😉  


I started by die cutting the Grand Scallop Shell background twice from mixed media paper.  Took one of them and partial die cut with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to get rays.  Ink blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) on both, but only splattered water on the one without the rays and dabbed off with a paper towel to give it texture.  The top piece with the rays had so much going on, it didn’t need it.  


The scuba divers were die cut from black cardstock while the coral and fish were die cut from white cardstock and colored in with Copic markers.  The outline Grand Scallop Shell was then die cut from Bristol paper twice, adhered together then the inside sections cut out with scissors, leaving a white border.  Assembled the underwater scene. 

The woodgrain background was created from Kraft Woodgrain paper.  Scored it every inch then blended Antique Linen DI on it to bring out the woodgrain details better.  The ropes were die cut from Cream Woodgrain paper and Antique Linen DI was blended on it as well.  Adhered this panel to a white card base.

The easel was created by partial die cutting a white card base so it was still attached at the fold.


Next, fold the front in half (no measuring required) and when assembling the easel, add adhesive only to the area below the folded line (red arrow).


The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and stacked with two more pieces of cardstock to give it a bit of dimension as it acts as a stopper, allowing the easel to stand up for display.  Adhered the easel to the card front, then added clear Fairy Drops as bubbles to finish.


And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.





Mon 10

Tool Shed Guy Cards
by Anne Thompson

I need a lot of cards to send out to guys this month and the new TOOL SHED EMBOSSING FOLDER EF 1019 is perfect!  


materials used


I still have quite a lot of Christmas Plaid paper left from the holidays because I love the plaids and bought so many pads of it.  I took plaids that I thought worked well with the embossed charcoal paper and that had a masculine feel to them.  

I chose one of the darkest colors in the Earth Neutral Collection to use with the Tool Shed Embossing Folder.  Using a sanding block on the embossed image reveals bits of white which adds interest and highlights details on the various tools.

The simplest card has the red plaid paper behind the embossed panel.

The next one has a green/black/thin red stripe plaid behind the embossed panel with a ribbon tied around the folded edge.

The most involved card has the black and white check background behind the embossed panel with another strip of the plaid on top, finished with a gingham bow and some black pearls.


To change things up a bit on a few more cards, I used the new WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44001 with the Tool Shed embossing folder.


These all-occasion cards are just what I need for my card stash in May.  And leftovers can be used for Father's Day cards in June!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Wed 14

Retro Birthday
by Trina Pham


Happy Wednesday everyone.  Had more fun stretching the Nested Globes dies again and made a retro masculine slimline birthday card to share today.  Besides mailboxes and tall rainbows, I also saw jukeboxes when I first saw these dies! 😁  

The jukebox base is done the same as the mailboxes in this post HERE.  The overall size of the jukebox is 3”x 4.75” and I used the darkest blue color from the Ocean Blue paper pack.   From there, I used the same steps for the tall rainbow in this post HERE, and trimmed / die cut / partial die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock accordingly to build the jukebox.  Colored the green and aqua parts with Copic markers YG00, YG01, YG03, BG10, BG11, BG13.  Used Circle Basics, Square Basics, Vintage Sled and Double Diamond Lattice Plate (from Poppy Stamps) dies to die cut from Silver Polished Foil to accent and decorate.  Oh and of course the record was die cut from black cardstock. 


Next, a Bristol slimline panel was die cut with the second largest Slim Basic Rectangle die.  Masked near the bottom and applied Black Soot distress ink (DI) to create the floor area.  The Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters were die cut also from Bristol paper, ombré colored with Blueprint Sketch DI using a blending brush, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give them some shine.  The rest of the sentiments from Birthday Rose Corner was white heat embossed on the same darkest blue paper as the jukebox.


Adhered the panel to a 3.5”x 8.5” white card base, then drew in the music notes with a black marker and added highlights with a white pencil to the black record to finish.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.






Thu 11

Just Add Plaid by Jean Okimoto

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Madras Plaid, Heart Streamer Globe and bold Wooden Alphas create an easy way to design a quick guy card for the 14th.  Loving the new dies, plaids and Color Wheel 6x6 cardstock sets from our 2021 Spring Collection!  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with one of many cards featuring this wonderful release of dies, papers, stamps and an embossing folder too.  There are so many great designs and colors to chose from I didn't know where to start.  It includes nine 6x6 110# cardstock sets of beautiful colors - every color you'll ever need!  The packs are named Berry Red, Sunny Orange, Lush Green, Fresh Aqua, Ocean Blue, Stormy Blue, Vibrant Violet, Twilight Purple and Earth Neutral.

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Cut Heart Streamer Globe from Berry Red's dark red 6x6 sheet.  Cut the Madras Plaid Coral and Green background with a Nested Globe die.  Cut one large and two smaller Bright Hearts from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut Wooden Alpha's XOXO from Sunny Orange's pale yellow 6x6 sheet.  Cut the letters again from the dark red sheet.

Attach everything to a cream A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  

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Let the dies and papers do the work for you when the holiday - or occasion - is almost here. It's easy to coordinate elements and colors when everything is as well-designed as the 2021 Spring Collection is!  It's also easy to have a totally different look with different color combos like peach/pink, bright red/gray or fuchsia/pale pink. Choose the receipient's favorite colors and create a card just for them!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this afternoon with a slimline design from our latest collection...





Sat 09

Double Emboss Gracious Woodgrain
by Trina Pham


Happy new year everyone!  Did you enjoy the Valentine blog blitz this past week?  You still have until tomorrow, January 10 at 11:59 pm EST, to leave a comment on any of the posts for your chance to win the corresponding giveaway.  Today I’m using the Woodgrain Heart die again, which you can win from Michelle’s post yesterday, to create a masculine love card.  Because this die is solid, it was perfect for one of my favourite double embossing techniques using a die and an embossing folder (EF).

Started by opening the Gracious Leaves 3D EF.  Adhered the Woodgrain Heart die with cutting edge facing up onto the flat side of the EF. 


Secured a piece of mixed media paper over top with temporary adhesive.  This is the die/EF setup for the technique. 


Placed an embossing mat then cutting plate on top and ran it through my die cutting machine according to its recommendation.  For a good impression, I ended up adding a couple of shims. Having secured the paper with temporary adhesive in the previous step allows for multiple run throughs.  This is what resulted.


As you can see, the patterns of both die and EF are now dry embossed onto one piece.  Important things to note about this technique: 1. die must be solid 2. heavy thick paper or cardstock works best 3. do not close the EF.


To complete the card, the heart was die cut from masking paper and the negative cut piece was used as a stencil.  Blended two shades of brown dye inks to colour the woodgrain heart.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock and once from dark brown and stacked for dimension.  The butterfly was die cut from white Polished Foil paper and popped up with mounting tape.  Crystal glaze was added to the sentiment for more shine to finish.


And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend. 





Mon 07

Collar Technique Masculine Plaids Winter Cards
by Anne Thompson

The Collar Technique is another one I had never tried, so I paired that method with darker plaids, dots and stripes, and cardstocks to create some masculine cards that could be sent any time this winter.  By adding the shirts to a side-folded card I got a less shirt-like look and had some fun accessorizing.  When I'm ready to send them out, all I will need to do is choose an appropriate sentiment to add to the coordinating paper inside.


how to make a card using the Collar Technique

  • Start with an A2 notecard...I used white ones.
  • Add a mat paper layer 5 1/4 X 4...I used dots papers.
  • Add another layer 5 X 3 3/4... I used a plaid or stripes.
  • Cut plaid paper that coordinates with the layer above and cut it the same size, 5 X 3 3/4.
  • Turn the paper to the 5" side and mark it at 2 1/2 then cut a slit from that mark down 1 1/2".
  • Use a ruler and a scoring tool to make a line that goes from the ends of the slit at 1 1/2" to the corners on the 5" sides and carefully fold back on that line...that will bring the back side of the paper up onto the front like shirt collars.
  • Use small dimensional foam pieces behind the collars so that they roll over a bit onto the shirt.
  • Add this piece onto the mat layer of the same size.

Instead of making this a top fold card so that it really looks like a shirt, I used a side-fold card and turned the shirt on its side for a different look.  Let's see what I did to accessorize each of the cards from this point.


  • I added a popped up circle cut using the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 and a light gray dot paper.
  • I cut the LARGE VINTAGE SLED 94496 from black cardstock and placed it flat on the circle and added a foam dot under the steering bar of the sled which is on the flat paper panel in order to keep it level.
  • I glued some POINTY PINE NEEDLE SPRIGS 94467 on the body of the sled and topped the sprigs with a dotted gray bow.


  • I cut a circle from the same paper I used for the shirt and collars and popped it up between the collars.
  • I added a black cardstock wreath, the medium-sized one from KNOTTED CIRCLE WREATHS 94482.
  • I cut more Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs using black cardstock and added them and a black bow to the wreath.


  • Because of the white stripe in the plaid on the collars I used white cardstock for the added elements on the plaid circle--a white Knotted Circle Wreath, Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs, and a tiny satin bow.

The papers I used are from PP1009 CHRISTMAS PLAID and PP1011 GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS.

One can never have too many guy cards on hand.  And these are so fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Thu 05

Add a Penguin to a Stitched Burst Winter Card by Jean Okimoto

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A very cool little penguin from the Snowglobe Backer die set joins the Stitched Burst on a contemporary slimline card for the holidays.  Frosted Glitter Pad accents add a bit of sparkle.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design - and more stitch therapy!

Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dot offcuts.  Cut it from kraft cardstock.


Here's a tip - round the corners of the cardstock so the extra floss doesn't get stuck on the corners as you're stitching.  (Yes, it would be smarter to precut the circle - but I wasn't sure if I wanted a circle, square or octagon when I began.)  Stitch it with black floss - tape the ends of the floss on the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).


Stitch it with white floss.  

Stitch the final starburst with red floss.  Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.

Cut the penguin from white and black cardstock. Define the eyes with a paper piercer or skewer. Cut the flippers from orange cardstock.  Cut a scrap of orange cardstock, place it under the white diecut and mark eye positions.  Color the eye markings with a black marker.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a strip of red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-⅛" strip of the black sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of green cardstock.  Punch ¼" dots from the Green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet. 

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  The red greeting strip is very wonky and the green strip extends above the top edge.

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Don't be intimidated by Memory Box stitching dies - they're easy to use, versatile and will be great for cards throughout the year.  Stitched Burst can also be a sun, medallion, fireworks - even a flower.  Experiment with different threads, colors and patterns.  It can be a great stress-reliever and create a feeling of accomplishment when you add that final stitch!

Thanks for visiting...