April 14, 2012

OCC: Masculine Card

Hi paper friends!

The sun is out in the Pacific Northwest and everyone around here is rejoicing. And that it is sunny on a weekend to boot is making it even sweeter.

This week on Our Creative Corner we're creating paper projects in honor of the men in our lives and their hobbies. I chose to make a card for Father's Day for my grandfather (here's to hoping he doesn't see this blog post). I know its a little early for Father's Day but being there's never any harm in being early, huh? He's a big traveler so I chose to use that interest in his life as the basis for my card.

First I took a piece of striped paper from a Lost and Found paper pad. I stamped a series of Martha Stewart travel stamp set. I love stamping on patterned paper but sometimes it can be hard to "take the plunge". The most challenging part, I think is knowing which ink color to chose for the desired effect. Typically what I do is take a small scrap and try a few different colors.

I used a few Papertrey Ink dies to cut the plaid and sentiment pieces and then layered them on top of one another. A colored eyelet and some twine and it's attached. 

Then I stamped the little Eiffel Tower, heat embossed it and then cut it out with some scissors. 

I added a little stamp on the inside just to bring some of the front to the inside.

So join us this week at Our Creative Corner. Think about the men in your life and create a card that incorporates their interests. Take a look at what the other OCC designers put together for a special man in their life.

Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler Scrumplescrunch
Anita Houston The Artful Maven Haven
Anne Marie Hile Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski En Papillote Arts
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan Stampin Time
Lori Rider The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet Designs by Sharon 

Have a great week!


  1. Holly, I love the t ravel theme and what a great 'pattern' back ground paper. I love how you used twine instead of ribbon, very thoughtful. I love how you used little pieces of pattern paper to give your card some color and texture. LOVE IT!
    Hope our weekend was wonderful! hugs, sharon w.

  2. Holly I didn't originally see your card, did you post later? This is wonderful! Have I said that on everyone's post?! Ugh! I need some new words! It is though! My favorite part is the plaid paper lol! I love the different stamps you used and it all came together just beautifully!

  3. Hi, Holly, this card so beautiful. Love the soft color and fabulous layout....^_^

  4. I love the travel theme of this card! The background is soft and lovely - good for you getting a head start on your father's day cards!

  5. Hello Holly
    What a super Bg to depict the passion of travelling, your colour Palette has a lovely muted feel which normally one associates with feminine cards, by adding the cool Blue you have made it into a gorgeous Masculine card, how clever, and how surprising that just this one colour can make such a difference to the look/feel of a card.

  6. Holly, this is a perfect card for someone who enjoys traveling! I'm sure your grandfather will love it! I really like the soft colors and that pop of plaid is so perfect for a masculine card. Hope you are enjoying your week! Big hugs! :)

  7. Hi Holly this is nice , love the soft muted neutrals well done great card .
    I'm sorry I have been poorly and unable to comment but am back now ,you have been creating some lovely cards whilst I have been away,Hugs Elaine