You know, I love to make cards of all kinds, but when I'm creating, I usually find myself making cards that have a distinctly feminine feel. It's not that I never send cards to men and boys, it's just that I can never seem to come up with any good ideas for "masculine" cards. Do you know what I mean? I look through my patterned paper scraps, and I think, is that one too girly? Is paisley considered feminine? And looking through stamps or fonts, I end up asking myself if certain styles have a few too many curlicues to belong on a guy card. And then there are the embellishments. Flowers are pretty clearly out for most guy cards, but what about eyelets, brads, and paper clips, and what about shapes like hearts? Argh. It's enough to send me to the card shop!
So, what inevitably happens is that when I need to send a guy in my life a card, especially a birthday card, I've got absolutely NOTHING that I can use. This is exactly what happened to me a couple of weeks ago. A male relative's 60th birthday was looming, and I really needed to send a card. Inspiration struck when I started leafing through my HUGE pad of K&Co. paper, and I spied some papers that had a fishing theme. This particular male relative is an avid fisherman, so it was perfect! Now, normally I use scraps to make cards, but I'm realizing that in the case of "guy" cards, sometimes it's okay to cut up a full sheet of paper and make some cards out of it. So I picked three coordinating sheets of paper, found some realistic fish stickers in my old, old, OLD sticker stash (don't ask me why I bought those stickers -- I have absolutely no idea), and created this very masculine birthday card.
Here's what the inside looks like (and please excuse the condition of my 11-year-old's fingernails -- how DO you break them of the habit of biting their nails???):
In case you're wondering, yes, I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with that clever fishing-related birthday greeting. I did both of the greetings, front and inside, on the computer using the Two Peas Evergreen font, but I could just have easily used stamps for a less personalized card. I added a couple of neutral doo-dads to the front of the card for embellishment, and the card was finished and ready to be signed and mailed.
While this particular birthday crisis was narrowly averted, I'm determined to make some masculine cards ahead of time and keep them in my card stash so that I'm not scrambling again next time. I have a few great cardmaking books, so maybe I'll look through those for some "guy friendly" card ideas. Hopefully I can come up with some additional cards to post in the upcoming weeks. How about you? Are you challenged when it comes to making masculine cards, too?