Hello and thanks for stopping by to check out today’s project. Probably the most frequent request I receive is regarding masculine cards. Stampers needing ideas and direction creating cards where they feel no design inspiration. This is a great opportunity to share my tips for how to build a masculine design.
How to build a masculine design
I am playing along with Global Design Project’s sketch this week. CLICK HERE to visit now.
I’m also playing along at ATCAS Challenge with the masculine theme. CLICK HERE to visit now.
measurements for this project
Petal Palette stamp set
At first glance, Petal Palette may not be a good choice for building a masculine design. I chose it because I want to share with you how you can choose any stamp set and with a few key points in mind, it can be adapted to a masculine card.
First Tip: Find a design layout that you are comfortable with and use it often.
By getting comfortable with a design format, it’s easy to change the color and adapt your project. Once you are comfortable with a color change… try making the colors a little more masculine. From this point, I suggest you head to nature and build with greenery such as a tree, leaf, branch or a non-feminine image.
Second Tip: Get inspired by a cardmaking sketch challenge
Today’s project is inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge, which is one of many fantastic cardmaking challenges that are set up to spur creativity in crafters. With a pre-set sketch, adapting the colors and images are your design choice. Now is where you head to your color choices and build color to suit the sketch and your stamp set choice.
Third Tip: Toss in a technique
When at a loss for direction, often a technique will help navigate crafters toward a finished result. For example, I have three techniques in this project. #1: ombre stamping. The vertical stamped dots are made by placing the stamp into the Stamparatus and giving the image 4 different ink colors that blend into one another. Note- they are not feminine colors. #2: coloring a die cut. The branch die cut is made from a scrap of watercolor paper and then color is added with Stampin’ Blends markers. This technique lends a really unique look. #3: modified die cut. By making two die cuts of the Petals & More Framelits frame for the sentiment, both from white card stock, I can divide the unstamped die cut and spread it out on back of the stamped sentiment to create a more finished or framed look. To bump it up even more, I colored the divided die cut with new Basic Black Stampin’ Blends markers from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.
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Having more ways to create a focal point on your project can make a project work for you. I hope you like this project and will come back to visit often! Thanks for stopping by today.
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