It’s not easy to produce a handmade card for men – at least, it’s not easy to make one that’s not cute or feminine or … I think you get my drift. Most of the rubber stamps and techniques are geared toward women, and that’s fine because we seem to appreciate handmade crafts. But when handmade is important to you, as well as tailoring a card for the recipient’s taste, the field narrows.
These are some of ideas that I experimented with. They aren’t fussy and over embellished (embellishments are something that my husband really doesn’t understand) and somewhat masculine. I hope.
The card above with the trophy is stamped onto plain cardstock, layered onto a slightly larger piece of diamond patterned paper, then onto plain cardstock folded into a card. My sister bought the stamp from the dollar bin at Michael’s (I think) and gave it to me.
(The diamond paper came in a package of mixed patterns and I thought “What in the world am I going to do with this? By itself it’s blinding, but with just the edge showing it really sets off the stamped image.)
I buy my cardstock in a large package at Wal-Mart. 500 pages with recycled content is less than $5.00, which is much cheaper than at the office supply chainstores. Using my paper cutter, I cut the pages in half- but I don’t cut all of it at once because I might end up with too many small cards and too many large envelopes.
Also, I included a matching bookmark.
For this card, I distressed the basic card front with a brown stamp pad (as well as the 3 hole reinforcers). The layered paper is from a large pad of decorative paper. Usually it’s best to cut off the white edge, but I decided to incorporate it into the design. I punched three holes at the top, stuck down the distressed hole reinforcers, and wrapped just a bit of black pearl cotton through the holes and around the top.
After stamping the postcard on the lower left edge, I affixed it to the distressed cardstock.
The finishing bit was to use a dashed stamp in black ink on the sides. My sister gave me that stamp. It was one that she cut off of a larger foam stamp and it’s quite useful.
Now I have a postmark stamp which would’ve worked well on the upper right hand corner. Or, a torn piece from a cancelled stamp and envelope could’ve been used, but that’s getting into embellishments.
I really like to use what I have and not have to buy things for specific projects. The more versatile the supplies are, the more I can use them and make my craft money go further. (Further? Farther? I wasn’t sure even after looking them up.)