Friday, 3 February 2012

For The Guys

Hi my crafty friends!  Today's post was selected with the requests I've had for male cards in mind.  We have all struggled with making a card for the males in our lives, haven't we?  Here I have tried to stay with a distinctively masculine colour palette which is half the battle for these types of cards.  The other half is picking die templates to use.  I started with a background paper (Graphic 45) and added Fleur de Lis borders around the entire edge.  I cut these using a coordinations cardstock and then sanded back the embossed design for a distressed look.  The focal element was created using Labels twenty three, which I also sanded for distress.  I cut a smaller one in a lighter shade for contrast.  The sentiment was stamped and cut out with one of the Fancy Tags and inked with Antique Linen through the die.  Another was cut in black, cut in half and then attached as a shadow accent. I cut a couple of fleur de lis accents to hug the top and bottom of my sentiment.   Paper piercing and a final black mat finished off the card for me.  If you wanted to keep the card simple with a Happy Birthday or Happy Father's Day sentiment, it would work great for that too, don't you think?  All for now, Sue x

140 comments:

Sonia said...

Good morning Sue, great colour combination and great look for guys. Just goes to show what a difference the colours make. Thanks Sue.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Rhonda Miller said...

What a stunning card.

Olga said...

It looks amazing! Such terrific die cuts you use!

Jan said...

A triumph for me Sue. x

mags said...

Love the card Sue and can see it working well for male cards.
Mags
x

Ann said...

Love the card and the stunning paper used. It would be nice if you brought some of the papers you use to c&c, as they have very little choice in papers.
AnnH60

Vicki Sharkey said...

Ah Sue, this is just so lovely. A great male card but also in other colourways for anyone and any occasion.
Wonderful, keep them coming!
Vicki :)

Hellma said...

Love this card Sue.

Carole Z said...

Thanks for the guy card Sue and it's amazing...I have these dies on my list of musts! Carole Z xx

Kazbomps said...

Great card and colours. Ideal for a male card. Karen x

Crafty mop said...

Great card sue love the dies you have used .....the colours are ugreat will keep it in mind or flip back near the time when I need inspiration for a male card ....thanks for sharing x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue, fantastic card. Did you know you can use the the edging die to double up as piercing ruler. I have used this on a few of mine as I haven't got the actual Tim Holtz ruler.
Lots of love. Jenny L

Missmizog said...

Hi Sue
What a fantastic card. If you use pinks/purples it would look great aa a card for a woman.
Thank you for all your inspiration.
Sue

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Fabulous card Sue. Male cards are so difficult, would love to see more ideas for male cards.
Chris

Герцогиня said...

Good morning Sue! Great card and colours.

Annie said...

Good morning! I'm loving the guys card as I always struggle to find the right card for those occasions but having tried this in pinks I've found the perfect card for the ladies too thanks for all your great cards/ideas and inspiration look forward to seeing your demos on C&C soon

nattyboots said...

I like this card very much Sue , the colours, style everything about it. ! Elaine H. x

Star said...

Great card Sue.How do you manage to keep your edge piercing so straight? I have tried a few times and mine always wanders :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, love this look and a great idea for the men in our lives. All the best Suzie B x

Patricia said...

Good Morning Sue,Beautifull card as always.
Oh! My! Word! I have that Die and never used it as a Frame Border. Guess what I am going to have a go at today.
Thank you for all the inspiration.

Patricia xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely, will definitely be trying this one.

She x

joy said...

Morning Sue
What a great card for men.
Colour comb is great also.
joyce e

Clare said...

Lovely men's card. I always struggle with making cards for men.

Clare x

Pam Swadling said...

Great card, love the colour combo, works great for men, and I can see if you made it in pretty pastels it would be just as great for a girlie card.

Sandra F said...

Lovely card Sue.

ang said...

lovely and with a bit of ribbon and bling could so easy be for a woman ang

Julia Watts said...

Lovely. Julia xxxx

hazel said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and great for the guys like you said. loving the colours used too xx hazel

Uta said...

Your mens card looks fantastic and the black and white colours match perfect for this theme.

Hugs, Uta

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
reminds me of the music hall days (the good old days on tv) not that i am old enough to remember but have seen repeats. If you change the colour brill for anyone. Can imagine a clown or big top in it for a child too. Love the illusion of it getting deeper.
Yes 11 out of 10 again. Well done Sue
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug x
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, Stunning card, any man would be happy to receive that I think!

Linda said...

Hi Sue, Brilliant card, perfect for any man day. Linda x

Lorraine H said...

Hi Sue, fantastic card, love the way you have used the Fleur de Lis borders - will be having a go at that later! Lorraine x

bhavana said...

What a fantastic card!! Would love make a male card like this, (a bit late to try for tomorrow - its his 50th!!). you are inspirational. Love all of you work, thank you for sharing!

jan said...

HI SUE, a very regal card I feel, and yes perfect for men's cards, love the way you cut your dies in half to use as shadow accents I would never think of doing that, that's why I love your demos so inspiring.
love jan x

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue and I wouldn't be unhappy receiving it as a girl either
Jane x

Clai01 said...

The colours are great for a guy, i'm wondering what it might be like with the postage stamp dies..

Maryann said...

Thanks soo much for this Sue. I have 2 male birthdays comming up within a month, so this is perfect and such a wonderful looking card. As always your work is so great and I love the colors used here too.
HAve a wonderful week-end and lots of fun.

Carolyn said...

Hi Sue,another stunnig card,when will you be back on c&c x

marg said...

Hello Sue
I love the Fleur de Lis and with the striped paper it looks Regency Gentlemen ..now if it was pink ! it would be Oh La la ...
LoveMarg

Carolyn said...

Hi Sue,another stunnig card,when will you be back on c&c x

Heather said...

Good morning Sue you must have read my mind I need to make a card for my nephew this morning and was stuck for an idea. Now I have a great one, I haven't got the same papers but I have the dies so guess what I will be doing this morning? Thanks
Heather x

melanie said...

great card may try this for my hubby for V day thanks Sue .Melanie

Lydia Jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunner, love it. I have tried the shadow effect with the tag dies and I must say they look good I would never have thought of using them that way.
Lydia
XX

dutchess said...

Wow that is some card Sue....I just love it all those subtle tones just right for those difficult men.....I was thinking red and white and a heart shape in the middle for valentines too......itchy fingers now got to get crafting!!!! take care Margaret

Lexie said...

That's a fab card, Sue! Very effective and definitely masculine!
xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I love this card for the men in my life & yes I've learnt another technique. I hadn't thought of using the borders coming into the card. It really closes off the design giving a heavier, more masculine look. I also like the way you've overlapped the borders rather than mitre the corners. I find getting the perfect 45 degree angle so time consuming. With Love & Light Theresa. H

Sue Yorkshire said...

Fantastic card Sue. The colours are lovely together.

Thanks for all the inspiration

xxx

AnneRD said...

Hi Sue. The fleur de Lys; my favourite. Love the colour combo and the striking design. Anne x

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the colours on this!ab x

Ann said...

Hi Sue, Good colour combi on this one- a sucess for any male.

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
Another stunning card, I was looking through my Spellbinders last night, and I found I had the Fleur de Lis Motifs and not the Accents, I was gutted because I have started a card and wanted the border to finish it off, had to order that one now, lol.
Best Wishes
Happy2craft

Luanne said...

Very beautiful and love the color.

Maggie said...

Great card for the boys would make a great Valentine's card!

Maggie

Debbie Tinks said...

Sue love this card

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Love this card for the males.Like the colours and design, another winner , keep them coming. Yvonne xx

Lelly Jelly said...

Quite regal looking, love the colourway.x

Pinkers said...

Gorgeous card,xx

Sue J said...

I love this one, perfect for the men in our lives, but would also look lovely done in pretty feminine colours. :)

Jane said...

Ho Sue this is absolutely fabulous I love it, I did ask for some men cards saw you demo some car ones last year the ones coming out of the card, thanks for this one I'm going to have a go at this one today

Jane xx

May said...

WOW, Sue this ia a fantastic male card, beautiful papers, Hugs May x x x

Jane said...

Ho Sue this is absolutely fabulous I love it, I did ask for some men cards saw you demo some car ones last year the ones coming out of the card, thanks for this one I'm going to have a go at this one today

Jane xx

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic male card.

Ruthie said...

wow wow wow, I look at your blog every day but today I just said wow. I don't know how you're going to top this one Sue.

Lizzie said...

This is another lovely card for the men and can see it in other colour ways for so many more occasions
Thanks Sue
Lizzie (Serial copycat)xx

Cazann49 said...

Brilliant card Sue as always!!...xx

lilygee said...

Good morning Sue and everyone. A good day for me today - my husband is being discharged from hospital after a very long haul of eight weeks! love this card Sue - the symmetrical style is quite masculine but incredibly elegant with it - thanks for sharing this - I'd like to make something very similar if you don't mind? Take care - hope we will be seeing you soon on C&C??
love lilygee xxx

Sandra Riley.... said...

OH Sue love the paper you have used, where do you do your paper shopping?
This card looks almost regal, a great male card but with a change of colour would work great for any occasion.
Thanks again for your time and inspiration.
Hugs
Sandra Riley

Claveh said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Sue, this one is sooo sophisticated, with the right colours you could send it to the Queen to celebrate the Jubilee!
I LOVE IT!

loftylass said...

Gorgeous card Sue. I love the way you layer your die cuts - I might have to case this if you don't mind. tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Craftychris said...

Perfect! xx

Dawn Ruth said...

Simple yet so very sophisticated.
http://dawntheconstantcrafter.blogspot.com/

lorraine (classylady) said...

Fabulous card Sue, (although I would not give it to my Husband as it would be wasted on him), but would give it to everyone else in my life both male and female

lorraine
xxx

Maid ok Kent said...

Good afternoon Sue, love this card, l know someone who will be receiving a clone of this. THANK YOU. Lol Ann

Maid ok Kent said...

Good afternoon Sue, love this card, l know someone who will be receiving a clone of this. THANK YOU. Lol Ann

Ann Woods said...

I love this card Sue, but then I love all your cards. I may steal this idea for my Son in Law who will be 50 this year. Many thanks

Anonymous said...

Lovely Sue & perfect as you say, for the man in your life. Thanks Ann W

Ita said...

Hi Sue as you say it is difficult to make a male card,but I think you got it in one, as always a fantastic card
Ita

Tracy Heaton said...

You constantly amaze me with the way you use the dies, so inspirational.
Tracy x

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Love the colour combination on this card-always like your choice of papers!(Being a paper addict myself!)

Eileen x

Hanneke said...

This is a great male card! Love the color scheme and sentiment. Hugs, Hanneke

Janet said...

Really nice card, but for the men in my life it would be too 'girlie' still! They are all 'cave men'!!!

Melanie181 said...

Love this card. Great colours and I love the sanding as an extra accent.

Lynnus said...

Another lovely card, I think it would make a good Valentines card for my other half - may need to get busy! x

lainey said...

It works great for me Sue!! lainey x

gwen70 said...

What a gorgeous card Sue colours are perfect and the sentiment is just right. Thanks for another brilliant idea

craftycarol said...

Hi Sue,
This card would certainly work for most men and the sentiment could easily be changed to suit the occassion.
Carol x

CathyinMN said...

This would make a great card for a guy, but I don't think many women would object to it either. I really like it!

lindyloo12 said...

Hi Sue This is the first time I have ever left a comment on a blog but your cards are so inspirational I just had to. You mentioned that you only allow yourself 3 hours to make a card, I can sit for ages, much longer than three hours and still not be happy with my card, I wish I had your brain ha ha. Best wishes Lindyloo12

Fiona said...

Nice card but probably still a little fancy for my man!

Val Carr said...

have just purchased these dies and will now take inspiration from your superb design. look forward to every one of your designs they are all so inspiring

yorkielass said...

Good afternoon Sue, a truly stunning card, male cards are so difficult to make, this one ticks all the boxes. Love how you shadow the dies, tthanks for the tip. Can't wait to see you back on C&C.
Love, June x

Dawn Louise said...

Ooh so elegant. Like the combination of colours, and the striped background with decorative pieces fits so well together, x thanks sue

sandra(misty) said...

Love the card sue would make a great male card they are so hard

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
Yes I agree it could be used for any male occassion and it's a really classy card
Sue H. xx

Redanne said...

An absolutely stunning card Sue and as you say, great for a man.

Shelley said...

Great card for guys. x

jemet said...

Hi Sue

Love it for the guys, dies work well together

Jean

nina said...

This is no good keep seeing these fabulous card and think to my self ok need more labels die and fleur de le its costing me a fortune but well worth it LOL x

Toni said...

Wonderful card again Sue, I just love the way that you known how to use your die cuts. You always make it look so easy. Love the colours.
Toni xx

CraftyJo said...

Love the card Sue, everything about it works really well.

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

How beautiful! I love your use of the nestie's! Male cards are so hard, but this perfect!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Another great card.Love the use of the borders.

Carol at Henlow

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, FABULOUS stunning card!
Nothing more to say really, the card says it all.
LOL JanN xx

gwendraeth said...

Just the job for a man's card, well done
Gwenda

sheila said...

Hi Sue, one of your bloggers suggested it reminder her of the music hall days ( of course she was not old enough to remember it0 Unfortunately I ca recall seeing it in black and white on TV and I do agree with her reminicence.

Yvonne said...

Another cracker of a card I really like these colors tgthr. Goog job.

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, What a wonderful card. I always struggle with cards for men, as I find it very difficult to stop myself putting a bow on them, and I know the men in my family would not thank me for a bow of any description. As you say it is the choice of colours that make the difference.

Love Rosemariexxxxxxxxxxxx

Ayelet said...

Great card! I love the sentiment!

Lynn said...

never mind male card..i would love to receive this its beautiful...love the colour combo! Thanks once again xx

Helen said...

Absolutely a fabulous card, whether for male or female.Love the dies used and the fantastic way you use them.

PaulineC said...

It would look great in pinks for girls.

SusanneJ said...

I absolutely love this card and thanks for a great idea for a mens card Sue hugsss xx

Lorraine said...

oh wow sue this is such a perfect card to give the men in our lives the dies are lush and the way you put everything together has worked beautifully xx

Barbara said...

Love this card Sue. The border frame is a great idea and another use for my spellbinders. Do you ever run out of new ideas?

Helen O said...

Excellent Sue, men are so difficult to make cards for, im always lost when I cant use ribbons, gems etc. Thank you Helen O xxx

Victoria said...

Love the combination of dies on this card. There's so much interest.

Sue Parish said...

Super, super card, Sue. I absolutely love everything about it. Recognize the sentiment as being from the Gratitudes - my favourite set at the moment. Can't wait to try this card, or something like - I don't think I have the fleur de lis border, unfortunately, as if I did I could have used Jenny L's tip and not spent most of today searching for my piercing ruler which seems to have joined the purple pokey tool that vanished a few weeks ago & has not reappeared yet. I have a spare pokey tool but my other ruler is a plain metal one, so no handy holes to guide me now. Sue x

Jenny, said...

Nice, looks like its quilted.

Sue Parish said...

Me again Sue, Hope you won't mind this follow up but I've just had a look through my dies and discovered a little one in the lace doily motifs set that has a row of straight holes I can use - and turn a corner with too! Never thought of using dies for piercing before so wanted to leave a thank you to Jenny L for a great tip. What a great blog this is! I learn so much, not only crafting either - computing tips too! Many thanks Sue, Sue P x

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
Well I am singing again and smiling broadly, even though it is well past 2am. Todays wonderful creation has made me sing an all time favourite song, from an all time favourite film. My father, owning a lovely alto tenor voice, used to sing this and it used to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. My clues today are the film title, 'My Fair Lady' and railings around a house (stripy backing paper and fleur de lis border - see it?. Now if you don't know the film very well, you will be wondering if I have truly lost it now. Ok, I'll tell you.
'I have often walked down this street before, but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before...., knowing I'm on the street where you live.' Boy am I smiling now, I just adore this song, I find it very uplifting and a lovely memory of my dad too.
Anyway Sue, thanks for this lovely card and for the song, I am going to sleep now with a very cheerful mindset. Nite nite.
Hugs Linda

CraftyLoops said...

I love this card Sue, the Graphic 45 paper is amazing and the fleur de lis border is perfect. It all comes together so well. Lee x

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, I am amazed to see the spellbinders being used daily by you in so many different ways! This card is stunning!

Karla said...

I love this card and the image! Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this idea sue, men are so difficult!! I agree with another comment, can you bring any of the fab papers you use to C&C?

Best wishes Edwina

Ali W said...

I will be having a go at emulating this one for the men in my life, this being my husband and son, and my soon to be son in law. It's a great card for males, ideal. Thx

joan Hill said...

Am absolutely loving this one, don't know about for the guys, I think any gal would love to receive this, know I would x

Lynne M said...

Fantastic card for a man. LOL Lynne M

Lisa M said...

Aside from the obvious gorgeousness of your cards and all the flair that is added, that background paper is a complete knock out!! REALLY love that.

Barbara Daines said...

That's nice.....a card for our man, Thank you x

Pearl said...

This card is just right for a man! The colours the stripes, elegant but not flowery.
Love Pearl x

Rufus said...

Yes, color and pattern are at least 1/2 the battle! Great card.
R/

miislucky said...

This is really beautiful, as always! I love it! Mimi

Vee Cassidy said...

Dear Sue
to quote the musical: "All I can say is Wow!"
love Vee

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