A Manly Card

Happy Monday folks! I hope everyone had a good weekend and mother’s day. Friday was my husbands birthday. I am naturally drawn to feminine themes and colors but once in a while it is fun to make a masculine card. Here is the one I made for him:


It was actually quick to make because I have certain “go-to” ideas fo making guy cards. Here are my tips:

  1. Emboss a panel of black cardstock with a masculine design like diamond plate, gears, stars or anything that might have a manly feel to it, then ink it in silver and heat emboss for the look of metal. The messier the better!
  2. When in doubt stick with kraft, neutral, black, brown and cream, you cannot go wrong and it will look guy-ish.
  3. Embellish with hardware. I used hex-bolt looking eyelets from Creative imaginations but if you don’t have any craft hardware you can use washers and hinges from the hardware store (or hubby’s tool box!)
  4. Monkeys…Guys like monkeys, trust me, put a monkey on your card and you can’t go wrong.
  5. Skip the ribbon and use twine on your card for instant manliness.
  6. Grunge it up, crumple it, ink it, run it over with your car if you have to. Guys love the grungy look.


supplies: Stamp & Ink: Stampin Up!, Embossing folders: Cuttlebug, Spinner die: Sizzix, Number stickers: EK Success, eyelets: Creative imaginations, Ink: Jo-Anns


This card qualifies for the following challenges: Come and Get It Challenges, Creative Cowgirls , I Did It Creations, Let’s Ink It Up, Scrappy Frogs, 2 Sisters, Catch The Bug, One Stop Craft, Secret Crafter (the pattern paper and tag are 6+ years old!), Crafty Ann’s, Inspire Me Fridays and Divas by Design

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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23 Responses

  1. Very nice!

  2. Fabulous Masculine card I love all of the embossing,

    Thank You for taking part at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: 133 Dust off your Stash/Something Neglected

    Good luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget :) x.

  3. Wow! This is so cool!! Fantastic “industrial” “grungy” card :D Thank you for joining in at Creative Cowgirls XXX

  4. Hi there,
    What a Fabulous Masculine card. Love the image, the embossing panel, the colour scheme is just perfect, love the layout. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design and Good Luck.
    Hugs Jacqui xxxxx

  5. Great card. Love that embossing. Thanks for playing in the Bugaboo Challenge.

  6. Great card for a guy. Some good tips too. Thanks for joining us in our challenge over at Come and Get It.

  7. This is a wonderful card. Love the manly Monday to it.
    accept of it. You should join me on Mondays on my blog for my manly Monday.This would top anything I have made.Thanks for playing at IDIC,

  8. Lindsay, great idea for a Fathers Day card. You’ve got me thinking!!!!

  9. What a fab card…I really like the paper that looks like my hubby’s tool box. It is just the ultimate mans man card. Great Job. Love it!!! Thanks for coming to play in our Come and Get it Challenge.

  10. Great masculine card and thanks for the tips. :o)
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann’s
    Ann x

  11. Love this card Lindsay! Your monkey is very cool too!

  12. thanks for the tips for male cards I laughed at driving over it! Thanks also for joining in the challenge at IDIC

  13. Hi Lindsay, your card is just perfect for those tricky to make masculine cards. Great idea to replace the ribbon with twine, will try it on my cards. Thanks for joining us this time at Divas by Design. Sarah

  14. Fab card, thanks for sharing with us at LIIU. Hugs Suzanne

  15. Great suggestions on how to do a manly card, and your card fits our challenge perfectly with the embellishments.
    Thanks for joining us at Let’s Ink It Up Challenge #14.
    Stamping Hugs,
    Sharon G.

  16. Lovely

    Thanks for joining our “Dust off your stash” challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

    Hugs Jane x

  17. Wow what a brilliant masculine card! Love it
    Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck
    Claire xx

  18. Love your card! Thanks for the tips! My brain always goes blank, when I need to make a guy card. Thank you for joining us @ Creative Cowgirls Challenge!

  19. Love your details about making guy styles. You have such a flair for writing, in addition to your crafty creativity.

  20. Wonderfully Done!!
    Thanks for joining us at Come and Get it Challenges!


  21. Great masculine card! I love all the texture!!! Thanks for joining us for this weeks challenge at Catch The Bug! Hugs, Becky

  22. Great manly card!
    Thanks for the tips!
    Thanks for joining us at creative cowgirls challenge!

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