Monday 16 May 2011

Masculine Monday - Using Four Frames

Good morning! It's Monday morning and time for some more male inspiration! Designer paper can be a useful starting point for a male card - and the Newsprint range is particularly so. Take a look at this card I made for my father's 85th birthday:

This numbers paper from the range sprang to mind when I was first considering what to make, and from there it came together very quickly.

Die-cut numbers on a label cut with the decorative label punch are an effective way to bring attention to a special birthday. I always love Cherry Cobbler with the black and cream of these papers.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an A4 piece of Very Vanilla card stock in half vertically. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Cut a 9cm x 13.5cm piece of the numbers designer paper. Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand ink and glue to the card front.
  • Cut a 9cm x 1.5cm piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and stick across the numbers paper.
  • Cut two labels using the decorative labels punch - one out of Basic Black card stock, the other from Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Take a scrap of Cherry Cobbler card stock and, using the Timeless Type sizzlits dies, die-cut the numbers you need. Stick them to the Vanilla label.
  • Stamp a sentiment to the left of the numbers using Basic Black ink then sponge the edges of the label with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Glue the Vanilla label onto the black one and attach it to the Cherry Cobbler band using dimensionals.

Stamps: Vintage Labels (retired)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Black
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Other: Timeless Type Sizzlits Dies, Newsprint designer paper, decorative label punch

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may know that my sister was 50 on the same day as my father was 85! What a celebration! I thought I'd just show you a glimpse of her card too:

This is just a peek because I used her telephone number and I'm sure she wouldn't thank me for plastering that all over the internet! The reason I used her phone number is that I noticed it had the number 50 in it! I printed 'It's just a number' onto a card base using my computer, masked off an area and sponged a band across it, then added numbers die-cut from Springtime Vintage paper. The 50 was cut in Pretty In Pink card stock and popped up for extra emphasis. I decorated the card with butterflies die-cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.

Of course this is far too feminine to be shown on Masculine Monday really but, since it could be adapted by using different colours and embellishments, I thought you might like to see it anyway!

Don't forget that if you live in the UK I can supply all you need to make these projects so email me if you'd like anything.

Thank you for popping in today and do come back again tomorrow for more crafting fun!


  1. Love this male card Vicky. So simple but so effective! Love the idea for your sisters card too! I am sure they were greatly appreciated.
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  2. Vicky - the card for your father is brilliant - a simple graphic design with that lovely pop of colour on the "85"! Your sister's card look great too.

    I do hope you all had a a simply fantastic time. Sending hugs, xx

  3. A great number themed post. I think both cards are brilliant, love the eye-catching card for your dad and your sisters card is such a clever idea, a more sensitive way of marking a birthday age :)
    Jenny x

  4. Two terrific cards there Vicky. I love the red "pop" on the first one. And the tel no thing with the sentiment is just FAB!

    Have a great day.

    Hugs, Sandra

  5. HI Vicky
    Amazing it .....

  6. Fab cards, love the clean graphic design, so striking!

  7. I love , love, LOVE that card for the 85th! How cool that they are able to celebrate those big milestone birthdays together.

  8. These are both brilliant Vicky, how clever to highlight the age in a phone number and I love your Dad's card
    Margaret x

  9. Great cards Vicky perfect for a gentleman am sure your dad will love the masculine sophistication.


  10. Love it! Every time I use this paper, I end up not liking what I've done, but this is just gorgeous! Very, very clever of you!

  11. Wow the card for your Dad is stunning this is one i will have to do having all male grandchildren just perfect for the older ones and what a brill idea using the telephone number thanks for sharing Luv Sue x

  12. Fab graphic masculine card. You have such an eye for design :)

  13. This is one fantastic masculine card!! Happy birthday to your grandfather and sister!

  14. What a fab idea for a male card! You are sooo right ... DSP is a great place to start! Hugs xxaxx

  15. Well, a happy belated birthday to your dad and your sister from the USA! Brilliant to use her phone number along with that computer generated sentiment for her card (and brilliant not to show the whole thing on the internet, too... :) ). My mom will turn 80 the day before our daughter gets married this summer, so I'm thinking that a number card may be called for. Funny how there are some times that putting "the number" on the card just seems like the right thing to do. (Like for the very young and, then again, for those of us who are... ahem... maturing and aging gracefully. :) )


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