2 Stunning Masculine Card Ideas Using Birch Wood Paper

by May Sukyong Park

Hey, Altenew friends, Norine back with you today with some cool masculine card ideas to share! I was really excited to make these cards and I was not disappointed with the outcome! I know you're always looking for great masculine card ideas, so I hope these please you as well!

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 1 scaledTo begin, I used some birch wood paper (can there be anything more masculine than wood paper?!) and the Striped Leaf Cover Die.


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For my first card, I ran a piece of Birch Wood paper through the die-cutting machine with the Striped Leaf Cover Die. Before removing the pieces, I covered the back with a sheet of Press and Seal. The sticky surface keeps everything in place beautifully!

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 11 scaledOnce the Press and Seal was covering the back and holding all the pieces in place, I was able to remove the cover die from the front. Afterward, I colored some of the leaves with the Altenew Artist Markers – leaving three of the leaves uncolored to let the natural shade of the Birch Paper show.

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 16 scaledAfter all (most of) the leaves were colored, (as shown above) I removed the outer portion of the die. Because of my messy coloring, I simply discarded it. Next time I might try to be more careful with my coloring so I can use it on another card.

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 14 scaledAfter the outer portion of the die-cut was removed, I used a second piece of Press and Seal to cover the front (keeping all the leaves intact, then I removed the sheet of Press and Seal from the back and applied dots of liquid glue to each of the wood pieces, (a process that goes quicker than it takes to type this out, surprisingly!) and adhered the die-cut design to the blue cardstock panel.

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 15 scaledWhile the liquid adhesive dried, I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Label Love Stamp Set, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next, I die cut 4 layers of the word “bro” from dark brown/black cardstock using the Tall Alpha Dies and adhered all the layers together. Finally, I popped the label sentiment strips up with foam tape and adhered the alphabet die-cuts directly to the wood paper and cardstock card panel. Three metal dot embellishments completed the card.

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My plan was originally to use both the inner and outer portions of the cover die-cuts for two different cards. So my next card shows what you can do if you color more carefully than I did! Here, I simply die cut a second piece and used the outer portion for my next card. Then I saved the leaf bits on a piece of Press and Seal, for another card, another day.

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 5 scaledThis time, I adhered the Birch Wood paper to an A2 sized piece of cardstock and added a simple sentiment over top. Next, I stamped and heat embossed the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Birthday Builder Stamp Set, onto light brown cardstock and trimmed it into a narrow strip. Then I die cut more of the wood paper with the Fine Alphabet dies to spell “DAD” and colored each one with the Artist Markers once again.

Altenew StripedLeafCoverDie FineAlphabet TallAlphaDie 6 scaledFinally, I added some woodgrain enamel dots from my stash to complete this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're inspired by these masculine card ideas and this awesome wood paper with your stamps and dies. Have a wonderful day!


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Nancy Probst February 23, 2020 - 10:16 AM

The masculine nature cards are just stunning! Some of my favorite designs. Thank you!

Linda Huffman February 23, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Very nice card..that press and seal is one of the best tools out there!

Lagene February 23, 2020 - 10:26 AM

AWESOME masculine creations! Love the “stained” birchwood leaves!

Helen February 23, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Two great masculine cards, Norine. I always appreciate a “two-for” design. tfs

Maureen Reiss February 23, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Awesome cards!!! I struggle with masculine cards so these are great ideas!!

Mary Lamp February 23, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Love the paper and leaf design! Great for men!

barbara lassiter February 23, 2020 - 10:57 AM

I think we all struggle with creating masculine cards and these are beautiful (can I say that about a masculine card? Lol!) This is a great technique!

Sandy S. February 23, 2020 - 11:06 AM

For quite some time, I’ve been unable to Pin photos from this Blog, either from the corner button or the one on the task bar. Is this intentional?

Ruth Gauss February 23, 2020 - 11:15 AM

I do not think it’s intentional, but I am having the same problem and would love to pin these ideas, also!

Ruth Gauss February 23, 2020 - 11:19 AM

I tried going to Norine’s blog (click on her name at the top of the post) and you can easily pin from there.

Greta H February 23, 2020 - 11:11 AM

These are fabulous!

Ruth Gauss February 23, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Perfectly wonderful!!!! I love the way the wood grain comes through the colored leaves but that you left some of the leaves natural! Thanks so much for sharing!

Annette Gordon February 23, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Both of these cards are wonderful! Most of my cards are more die cutting than stamping, and I am always looking for new specialty papers that can really show case my dies. I never even knew that Altenew had birch paper. How awesome! I am going to have to get some. Thanks for sharing your amazing inspiration!

Inkin' Chickie February 23, 2020 - 12:52 PM

The texture looks very interesting. I thought it was embroidery at first. Great tip for picking up the cuts and transferring them.

Celeste Goff February 23, 2020 - 1:45 PM

I absolutely love these!

Kathy Lane February 23, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Fabulous! Great ideas, instructions, and sharing of your artistry. I have everything in my stash. I have a few friends who LOVE masculine cards rather than Pink, Hearts and Flourishes, so many thanks!

Christine February 23, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Great ideas. The wood grain looks great coloured.

Jane B. February 23, 2020 - 5:29 PM

Love your cards…your technique for keeping leaves together is clever. TFS!

LiCous February 24, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Birch paper? Wow! I will have to get some of that. Your cards are both beautiful!

Bette Daoust May 16, 2020 - 8:28 PM

These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


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