Okay, I’m a girlie-girl. Period. Making masculine cards can be a challenge for me. I love ribbons and bows and lace and baubles. To me, sometimes a masculine card can be sort of like getting all dressed up and going out without any earrings on. Today’s card is made based on The Bryce Hall Rules for Making Man-Cards: Absolutely no flowers, bows, lace or pearls; texture is “cool”; animals images should be realistic, not fluffy and “cute”, if buttons must be used, they have to resemble what would be on men’s clothing, preferably metal; a ribbon with a knot (no bow) is acceptable, but it’s better without any button at all; color is good as long as it’s not pink; glitter can be okay if used in the proper situation, like maybe stars; hearts are acceptable for anniversary cards, Valentine’s Day cards and “I love you because you’re the best husband in the whole world” cards. Actually, I like his rules. It equates to E-A-S-Y! It’s also inspired by Jen Mitchell’s fabulously clean and simple sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Jen is our host this week, and I must have sent her telepathic waves to give us something great for making a Man-Card. I have to admit, I have a ton of ideas on how to use this sketch for a totally girlie-girl card, too. 🙂 I also found inspiration at The Paper Players: their theme this week for Challenge #228 is to make the sentiment the focal point of a CAS card. Like LeAnne stated, there are so many fabulous sentiments available now, it’s easy to make it the focal point without adding a lot of embellishments and fluff. Again, perfect for a Man-Card. This card is so basic that it doesn’t need much explanation, but there are a couple of things that I want to bring attention to. The Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart punch) and Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers are PERFECT with the new Happy Heart embossing folder and the sentiment from the new You Plus Me stamp set. Just color the heart on the stamped image with the color of your choice and apply the epoxy sticker. Can you say “Easy”? It’s so great for a impatient person like me who can never wait until the Crystal Effects dries and ends up messing it up. I hope you enjoyed today’s super clean and extraordinarily easy card! Please visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what Jen and the ‘Clean Team’ have made with Jen’s sketch, and try to make time to play along with us this week! Don’t forget to check out the Design Team’s creations at The Paper Players, too. In a nutshell: lots of FABULOUS inspiration. Happy stamping!
STAMPIN’ UP! SUPPLIES: Stamps: You Plus Me; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black and Real Red; Ink: Tempting Turquoise; Stampin’ Write Marker: Real Red; Tools and Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Circles Framelits, Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (small heart), Happy Hearts Embossing Folder, Big Shot and Stampin’ Dimensionals.