Any reason for a celebration is glorious in my book. This world needs more joy and happiness... The difficulty, I've found, is making a birthday card masculine - for those moments that require creativity for the men in my life. How in the piles of buttons, flowers, and bright colors can you create something for a man - that isn't completely embarrassing for him to receive?
My latest attempt at crafting masculinity:
I began scowering my stash of crafting supplies for browns, blues and greens. Yes, I realize that those colors aren't distinctly male but for the 70+ year old recipient, no doubt they are preferred to pinks. I used a grey card backing and began layering, tearing, and inking.
First, I cut out a white sheet and ink the outer edge with two ink colors (Tim Holtz Distressed Ink). After which, I made little incisions and peeled back the paper to add a vintage quality.
Next, I tied twine around a banner I cut out and continued by using punches to add various shapes and colors; adding buttons for additional embellishment.
I just hope he enjoys the finished product!
- Paper: DCWV Paper Packs, Recollections Paper Packs, kraft, white and colored cardstock
- Stamps: Market Street Stamps - Simple Salutations
- Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo and Paper, Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
- Embellishments: Twinery Twine, buttons, self-adhesive gems, alphabet chip board, embellished stick pin
- Other: Fiskars - Trimmer, circle punch, square punch, scissors, and scalloped circle punch, black paint and fabri-tac