Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen

2 things that can make a card masculine

Hello everyone! It’s Sandy Allnock here with a bit of inspiration!

Are you ready for Father’s Day? It’s only 2 days away – so today I thought I’d extend a helping hand to anyone struggling to turn their card into something a manly Dad might love!

I decided to try using the new Abstract Mountains dies – along with the A2 piercing plate! I almost wanted to “challenge” myself to do a manly card with some stitching on it, and I’ll let you decide if this works or not.

Video tutorial

In the video I’ll show you the Copic airbrush version – but think about YOUR favorite way to color dies like this – distress inks? Watercolor? There are endless options!

Tip 1: Choose Muted Colors.

Choose a color palette that has muted colors in it. Sure some guys like bright rainbows….but think of the colors in the mancave….or the color shirts your Dad wears! That’ll tell you a lot about what kind of colors that specific man likes. But if you don’t know, stick with muted.

For my card I picked some colors that I just wanted to try out together! Muted yes, but I thought it could be interesting to see what Y28 looks like – which can seem greenish with some colors – next to a YG95. It was clear one was much more green! The BG78 tossed in made for a brighter “feel” to the colors without making it “bright.” If that makes any sense!

Tip 2: Simplify.

Think “clean and simple” – but CAS need not be the order of the day. Some think of CAS as having a lot of white space, which is why I recommend “simplifying” whatever elements you include on the card. Especially embellishing! I wanted some stitching on this card, but also wanted to minimize its impact; so I chose muted colors to make my cross-stitched elements.

What are your tips?

Leave them in comments to help me and your fellow crafters out!

Happy Father’s Day!

To the crafters who follow this blog and are dads – hope you have a perfect day and weekend ahead! And to those who aren’t…go find a dad to honor. Your own or someone else’s! My dad is no longer here, so I’m going to give this card to the dad across the street from my house; he totally makes me smile when he takes his little kiddos outside and sits on the sidewalk watching while they ride their bikes. He needs to know he’s been noticed!


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  • Reply Sandy June 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Sandy, that turned out beautifully. You are such an inspiration! I’m not a fan of stitching but the card was wonderful!

  • Reply Ellen June 18, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Sandy, I loved the card and the colors! I think girls would appreciate getting this one. I’ve never stitched on a card, but since I do have that background plate, I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply Judy Sander June 18, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Love those colors. Love your art! Thank you for sharing.

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