Don't reinvent the wheel when creating "dude" cards. You can easily take a layout you like and "man it up" for the guys in you life. Keep the following in mind to create easy masculine cards-
- Use a more masculine stamp set.
- Choose less feminine colors. Think stronger/deeper colors.
- Designer Series Paper with a plaid or strip pattern will add a pop of interest.
- Go ahead and add embellishments. Just use a different type like enamel dots and twine.
This card is a perfect example of a feminine card. Using the Biggest Wish stamp set, I stamped on a piece of the gorgeous Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper and mounted it to a Magenta Madness card base. I added Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon and 2021-23 In Color Jewels. This is a very simple and easy card to make. The Designer Series Paper does all the work.
Now, let's take the same layout and "man it up" for a masculine card.
Following the above guidelines, I still used the Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper, just a piece with darker colors. My greeting was stamped using Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce inks. I skipped the ribbon, but still added some bling with the Genial Gems to tie in the hint of gold in the Designer Series Paper. Easy-peasy masculine card.