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Masculine Card …with florals?? :-O

Making masculine cards can be difficult.

There are So. Many. Rules. No florals. No bright colors. Less is more. No thank you! Too many rules for any crafter to remember!! So let’s break them. Who would have thought breaking the “no florals for masculine cards” rule would have such a nice result??

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How to make this card:

  1. Create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card in blue and adhere a 4″ x 5 1/4″ wood texture designer paper layer on top.
  2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ for the top.
  3. Using Stampin Up Wood Words, stamp the floral design a few times along the left using brown ink. It looks kind of plain, so I sponge some of the flowers with a matching blue and a little green and light purple.  Stamp birthday (or fathers day) in the bottom right corner.

    Sponging some florals
    Lightly sponge some of the florals.
  4. Using a Hero Die Cut set (Happy), cut out “happy” from the center of your white stamped piece (I know it’s difficult when it looks so pretty!), and save the letter insides.
  5. Now you can adhere the white stamped piece to the wood textures layer.
  6. Adhere the insides of the letters from the die cut inside the “happy outline” directly to the wood texture paper. Set the white/stamped word to the side.
    • Tip for easily adhering the letter insides: While the white paper is still attached to the die, place dots of glue ONLY on the letter insides. Carefully place the die (with paper still inside) over the “happy” outline on the white piece. Poke out the letter centers using a tool and press the insides to the paper. When you lift the die, only the word “happy” should be there!

  7. I cut out “happy” from a scrap blue piece. Using small beads of glue, adhere the white “happy” to the blue one at a slightly offset angle.

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    Offsetting die-cut words help them pop!
  8. Using mini-dimensionals or thin pieces of foam adhesives, attach the work happy over the outline.

With this card, I’m playing along with the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C438 and Paru’s Card Making Challenge!

 

 

I ended up liking this card design so much that I tried it with a different set of stamps for a graduation card.

Using the Stampin Up Amazing You (Sale-a-bration) stamp set, I colored the outlines of the flowers before die-cutting “congrats.”

 

 

Check out other graduation cards I’ve recently created here and here.

What other occasions would you use this die-cutting technique? Let me know. I love comments!

 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!