There’s a new challenge starting at The Male Room. The theme this time around is Use Die Cuts, and I was tempted just to recreate my card from last time!! Okay, not really, but it would have worked just as well for this challenge. You can see it here.
I decided to have a go at creating a slimline card. They seem to be rather popular at the moment! I checked through my envelope stash for a slimline style envelope and used that to help me judge the length to make my card base. (I apparently mis-measured slightly, because when I finished I realised my card is a couple of milimetres longer than the envelope, but never mind!)
I dug through my stash of snippets and pulled out several different pearlised and satin papers in various shades of gold, silver and brown. I then used the smaller dies from the Sizzix Hexagon Framelits along with Love From Lizi’s Nesting Hexagons.
When I had a whole bunch of hexagons of varying sizes I played around for quite a while trying to decide how I wanted to lay them out. My husband even came over to try and help with an arrangement! Eventually I found something I was happy with. I then used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the hexagons into place.
For the smaller hexagons that overlapped larger ones, I made sure to only put the adhesive on the areas that went over the larger hexagons. That meant that any areas overhanging the card base were not adhered down, which ensured the hexagons laid flat.
The final thing my card needed was a sentiment. I chose the Luscious Script Hugs from Poppy Stamps. I die cut both layers from snippets of pearlised white card and some specialty black card that has an almost chalkboard-esque surface. After testing both ways I decided I liked the white on black best. I cut the die several more times with some snippets of an inexpensive plain white card stock, and stacked them together before topping with the pearlised white version. This gave the sentiment some nice dimension. I adhered it onto the black shadow piece and then onto the card base, again making sure that the overhanging ends of the word were left without adhesive.
This card was so much fun to make, and is another great way to use snippets and scraps of paper. Keeping the colour palette fairly neutral helps give it a traditionally masculine feel, whilst choosing pearlised and satin finish card stocks gives extra interest to it. Personally I feel there can be a lot of overlap between masculine and feminine cards – I don’t see anything wrong with including cute critters, pretty florals, sparkle, or even ‘girly’ colours on cards for men. It really depends what the particular recipient likes. But it was a fun challenge to try making something more stereotypically masculine this time. If this inspires you I hope you’ll come and join in with our challenge, which you can find here. There’s more inspiration from the team there, and also on their blogs directly via the links below.
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Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: No Patterned Paper
Dragonfly Dreams – Make It Masculine
HLS Anything Goes With Dies Challenge – Use Dies
Kat Scrappiness Challenge – All About The Boys
Papercraft Challenge – Father’s Day/Male
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Use Snippets
Poppy Challenge – CAS
The Male Room – Use Die Cuts
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Lady Joyful (that’s me!)