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I have one question for you. Why are men so darn hard??? Honestly, as cardmakers, we struggle to make the perfect card for men. Making birthday cards for men becomes a whole lot easier after you read this post.
Man cards can be simple, and I have the perfect solution. When in doubt, begin with some Designer Series Paper, aka DSP. Stampin’ Up! DSP takes so much of the guesswork out of trying to make the perfect birthday card. Also remember to make it a SIP card.
Here are just a few reasons DSP make it so simple to make a manly birthday card, or any manly card for that matter
- I don’t need to spend time choosing a color combination
- The artwork and coloring are all done for me
- The artwork compliments a stamp set
- I can cut it to any size
I could go on and on.
Once I have my DSP picked, I dig out a matching stamp set off my desk. Honestly, I have stuff all over my desk all the time.
I like to mix and match my stamp sets with my sentiment stamps to use a font that will compliment the stamp set. Sometimes the “man stamps” don’t come with a birthday sentiment so I have a variety to choose from.
Then I grab my cardstock and ink that matches the DSP and I started creating.
My most recent manly birthday card uses the Sailing Home stamp set and the Country Club DSP. The ink colors I chose, Night of Navy and Garden Green, are in the DSP, so choosing the ink pads was a piece of cake.
The cardbase is Night of Navy. I cut the 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half, then folded it in half. This is the typical size for a handcrafted card in the US. It turns out to be 4.25″ x 5.5″.
Then I cut the plaid DSP down to 4″ x 5.25″. You can see the Night of Navy and Garden Green right in the paper. Then I took a strip of 3/4″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock and stamped it in Crumb Cake using the rope stamp. I wanted something stamped here instead of ribbon, tying in the nautical theme of the card. If I used the Night of Navy to stamp the rope, it would have competed with the main lighthouse image. Using the neutral color is a good choice.
Then I cut a piece of Night of Navy CS cut to 2.75″ x 4.25″ as the background for the main image panel. I cut that 2.5″ x 4″. Then I stamped the lighthouse and birds in Garden Green.
The sentiment came from the Tropical Oasis stamp set. I stamped it in Night of Navy, then I punched it out using the Label Me Fancy punch. After that I put the card together.
I glued the label punch, putting glue on the end of the lighthouse panel, and I placed a dimensional on the other end since the end on plaid paper needed extra support.
Using DSP to make an birthday cards for men creates a great jumping off point when you need inspiration. Don’t forget, our DSP almost always has a companion stamp set. Pair these two together and it couldn’t be simpler.
What do you think? Could you do this? What else would you like to see? Comment below, I am always looking for input.
Shop the post: Come Sail Away, Timeless Tropical Stamp Set, Country Club DSP, Night of Navy CS, Night of Navy Ink Pad, Garden Green CS, Garden Green Ink Pad, Whisper White CS, Crumb Cake Ink Pad, Label Me Fancy Punch
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