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Old 01-09-2012, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default January 2012 Design Team Creative Challenge: Masculine

Welcome to the January Design Team Creative Challenge where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique.

This month,we've asked our designers to create masculine cards and projects. I don't know about you, but this is always a tricky one for me!

So many of our designers have jumped on board to share projects made for all the special guys in our life! The MFT Blog has a full list of participating designers for you today!
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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I did two cards for this challenge. Right now my struggle is tween-age boys, so that's what I focused on with my post for this challenge. I used the new At the Movies stamp set and die-namics for one of my cards and then paired up a mix of die-namics for my second one. TFL.

Some go to products I almost always use on masculine/boy cards:
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-basic shapes with clean, sharp edges (I take out all the rounded, frilliness!)-stars, zig zag, circles, and argyle prints.

I especially love my Stacking Stars die-namic, open zig zag die-namic, notebook edge, Tag You're it, and the mix and match banner die-namics for my guy cards.

see more details on my blog post here.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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The manly card I made is for hubby's birthday later this month. I used Just the Ticket stamps and die-namics set and the little candles from Birthday Flopsey.

I like to follow a few guidelines when making masculine cards:
1. I usually reach for darker colours for men, but I definitely gravitate to brighter colours for kids.
2. Most embellishments/hardware are appropriate for a manly card as long as they don't sparkle (buttons, brads, eyelets, etc.). But no flowers.
3. Ribbons and twines are fine, but not tied in a bow.
4. I like to add texture to help bump up the interest factor.
5. Definitely nothing scalloped, (IMHO). LOL!!
6. Most of all, just have fun with it!
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When I'm creating for guys, I'm always thinking about ways to add extra texture... today I've used corrugated cardboard as my main layer.

I also reached for a darker palette - today is Echo Park Times and Seasons. I try to pick up one new pad every season with "guy cards" in mind.

You *can* use ribbon on a guy card, but nothing frilly. Twill, burlap? Twine always works...

And lots of distressing works, today I reached for a lot of my distress ink...
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My card tonight could technically work for both a guy, or a girl, depending on the girl, LOL!! I made a birthday card using the new At the Movies set, and I think it works!!

Here are some rules I follow: for me, making guy cards is so restrictive, so I bend the rules ever so slightly with LOTS of metal embellishments. Guys see metal, and they don't see pretty, they see manly, I still see pretty...so I win, lol!! I always go for darker colors, and nothing frilly. I rarely color for a guy card, as well. They are almost ALWAYS reliant on die cuts and sentiments. Other things you can use to dress up a guy card would be: twine, natural fibers and cloths, and hardware.
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I use lots of the same "rules" as the other designers for masculine cards. I like to keep layouts simple, focus on texture and cut out the scallops! On this card I've used hemp twine and cork for texture, and some jumbo eyelets for metal embellishment.
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Here is mine! I made a "pretty" card with "manly" touches.
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Here's mine!

When making masculine cards I go for dark or neutral gender friendly patterns. I don't use ribbon, or make bows from twine. I like to keep it simple. I also love texture!

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Here is my card using At the Movies Die-namic and Stamp Set. I just used kraft and black for my colors, going with the idea of black and white movies.
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Ooh such great tips. I use the same thought process for my male cards. My rule of thumb is texture, texture, and more texture. In this case I've used denim and woodgrain. I also added some manly twill and metal brads.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:34 PM   #11
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I created a Double Dutch Fold card using a recent SCS Tutorial. I used Fred Bear Well Done for my card.
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I find it so funny that we all struggle with masculine cards! Too bad half the population is male! LOL

I follow many of the same rules as the other ladies, darker colors, no scallops, no ribbon, no bows and definitely no glitter! LOL Sports is always a good theme!
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Here's mine, I've created a masculine card for my dad who will have his birthday next month
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For masculine cards, I like to keep the layout simple, use simple patterns, add some texture, and not too many embellishments I avoid bows, frill, bling Here's mine using Well Worn Greetings, plaid, and some denim on a ledger paper background.
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I follow the same rules as the rest of the designers for masculine cards: texture, darker colors, no ribbon or flowers. Stitching, twine, twill, and even buttons with no bows work great.

I'm using Thanks a Bunch for my card. The timing on this was awesome--I needed to make a thank you card for the administrators at my former employer. Since they're both guys, this was perfect!
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Here is my card for this challenge!
When I create a masculine or "boy" card, I usually follow these "rules":
masculine colors
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With all of the handsomeness going on in here you all inspired me to dive back in and FINALLY (only 5.5 years later!) get moving on my darling son's baby book!

I did this layout using this week's sketch and this Creative Challenge as my muse!



Thanks for the beautiful inspiration as always ladies!!

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With all of the handsomeness going on in here you all inspired me to dive back in and FINALLY (only 5.5 years later!) get moving on my darling son's baby book!

I did this layout using this week's sketch and this Creative Challenge as my muse!



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Meredith, that is a darling layout!!! Love the dino and pennants!!
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And I was inspired, again, this time creating a birthday card for my brother! Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Here is a card I made recently for my FIL. I was really pleased with it. The stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps Smooth Sailing. I hope the thumbnail attaches ok, otherwise you will need to look for the blue sailing ship card in my Gallery.
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