November 20, 2009

Masculine Get Well Slippers

I needed a masculine get well card for my Uncle Bob so I decided to make a few extra for my stash. It seems that male cards are always a challenge for us card makers, right? There's an abundance of pretty girly papers and floral stamps, but when it comes to the fellas our choices are a little more limited.

Karen Lockhart has a nice line of get well stamps that I like to pull out of my stash when making masculine cards. The slippers and the get comfy sentiment are some of my favorites. And the slippers are very versatile, they can be used for male or female cards. Below you can see my finished focal image pieces that will be attached to card fronts. I stamped the slippers onto Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper and then paper pieced them, using fine tip scissors. I shaded the slippers using a Copic E43 marker and a colorless blender. I stamped my sentiment in black and stamped some leaf images from Papertrey's Turning A New Leaf set using Versamark ink. I added two snippets of Ripe Avocado and Terracotta Tile ribbon to the main image pieces using my messy stitches.....3 lines of back and forth stitching using my sewing machine.
For the card fronts, I used a leafy patterned paper from Little Yellow Bicycle(from a local scrapbook store). And here's a tip for you: If the paper is double sided, cut the paper to fit the card front and then trim 1" of the paper off. Turn it over and use that paper as a coordinating pattern. I like to use tiny strips of patterned paper to seal the two edges.
A nice little pile of cards....makes me a happy camper. :)
And I did it.....I made some masculine cards. Hope you are inspired!

And don't can use ribbon on manly cards. I usually don't tie a bow but if you use the ribbon flat or sewn on like I did, it's totally man worthy!


resmith said...

These are great masculine cards. Thanks for the tip on the rubbon use on cards and the two sided paper. I like doing that myself.

Laura O'Donnell said...

these are great! guy cards are challenging and get well guy cards are super challenging. now you're making me want to go power shop some lockharts. thanks for the inspiration!

Susan said...

Wonderful! Like so many others, I also struggle with masculine cards at times (though I have discovered using 'regal' symbols is fun - crowns, fleur de lis, armour etc) and I really like your slipper cards! TFS!

denise said...

Such fun cards!!! Love them all!

Heather said...

I love them! I ALWAYS have the hardest time making cards for males. I like all the pretty feminine papers and dont usually have any masculine papers laying around. I did just get the Giga Guidelines II this week. I can make my own background now.
I love your blog. It is always one of the first I go to.

Kathy Camasso said...

These are great Michelle! I really like the tip about the strip of paper from the other side to break it up a little!

Michellem said...

Great tip on the double-sided paper - that's one I'll definitely use!

Sharli said...

Neat cards! I like the term "man worthy" - you're too funny! These are great - I'll keep the concept in my MishMash folder!

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