Three masculine cards

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi everyone!

Svitlana is here again sharing today three masculine cards that can be made with supplies that are not masculine specific.


The first two cards are extremely simple, easy and quick to make.

For the first one I used Sketchy Cities America stamps set. It's original use is of course to stamp a cityscape, but I only used the bottom part, which looks like some industrial .. something :)


To start off I took a white card base and masked almost all part of it leaving like 3/4 of inch from the bottom unmasked. I stamped the New York cityscape from the bottom. Next I turned the card base upside down, masked the part where I already had stamping and stamped the cityscape upside down. I used Desert Night ink for stamping. Finally I added a sentiment from Trophy Life set and several wood stars.

The next card has leaves on it. Very often masculine cards are considered to have no floral element. Which I think is not true. For example in my family it's my husband who takes care of our pot flowers. Not speaking of men who plant trees and take care of gardens. So even though flowers can be too girlish for a masculine card I believe men at least deserve some leaves :)

So for my second card I used leaves from Vintage RosesVintage Flowers and Beautiful Day sets. I stamped them using Sapphire ink. To give them more interest – after applying ink on a stamp – I kissed it with a cityscape stamp from  Sketchy Cities America set. So some ink was left on the cityscape stamp and my stamped leaves got this pattern that reminds me jeans fabric. So I think jeans leaves can totally work for a masculine card :)


The third card is my favorite. It's more time-consuming then the first two, but is totally worth it. I love creating realistic wood look on my cards and for this one I was going for a wooden background and wood veneer embellishments.


I started by clear embossing a sentiment from Wood Pallet Background set on a kraft panel. Next I stamped the wood planks design from the same set in Dark Chocolate ink and inked the panel with Distress Vintage Photo ink and removed ink excess from the embossed sentiment after finished inking.


Next I stamped a couple of leaves branches from Beautiful Day set using Dark Chocolate ink. I wanted stamp impressions to be more intense, so I double stamped each branch using my MISTI tool. I die-cut branches from the panel using die from Beautiful Day dies set, along with die-cutting parts for my wood veneers. I cut the same shape for each branch 5 times from kraft cardstock and twice from brown one (so there were 10 kraft die-cut and 4 brown altogether). And then I adhered them together creating a faux wood veneer (I put brown die-cuts in the middle of kraft ones).


To get my sentiment “carved in wood” look – I ironed off embossing from it. Finally I assembled my card by adhering the panel to a kraft card base, adhering “wood veneers” in their negatice space and adding several wooden dots (there were real wood).

I made a video showing this simple technique.

Hope you like my cards :)


Again, these were made for Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive. We all still have time to send out cards for this drive.




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Arianna Barbara April 18, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Wow! These cards are all beautiful but the “Wooden Card” is absolutely stunning!!!! Love it!

Svitlana Shayevich April 20, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Thank you, Arianna!

Galina Filippenko April 18, 2016 - 9:38 AM

I’m agree with Arianna, wooden card is amazing!

Svitlana Shayevich April 20, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Thank you, my friend! :)

Beth Holt April 18, 2016 - 10:11 AM

Love how you used only a portion of the sketchy cities. Thinking outside the box on how to stretch your stamps. I LOVE the wood card. Can’t wait to try this with what I have.

Svitlana Shayevich April 20, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Thank you, Beth! Hope my video was helpful :)

Kathy H April 18, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Oh, you are such a clever girl! These are wonderful ideas for men’s cards! I especially like the industrial look of the first card.

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Thank you, Kathy!

Michele April 18, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Svitlana all three are just fantastic … LOve what you’ve done with the Sketchy Cities both for the border, and the kissing technique!!! WOW!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Thank you, Michele!

Trina P. April 18, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Love the wood veneer technique. So great for masculine cards. TFS the video.

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 4:24 PM

Thank you! I hope my video was helpful!

Kathy Mc April 18, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Awesome masculine cards and great ideas to tweak a bit for variety. Your woodgrain one is my favorite of the three, but your city scapes one is also very, very clever!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Thank you, Kathy! I love making woodgrain cards. It’s so simple and effective :)

LauraJane:) April 18, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Fantastic ideas!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:23 PM

Thank you!

Ritu April 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

such a clever use of the stamps!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Thank you a lot!

Celeste Goff April 18, 2016 - 7:16 PM

What gorgeous cards! Love that woodgrain one especially and all of the great dimension you added to it!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Thank you, Celeste! I’m glad you liked them!

Janet April 18, 2016 - 8:37 PM

fabulous cards Svetlana, and thank you for the video showing how you made the brilliant “wooden” card – YaY!!!

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:28 PM

Thank you, Janet for your sweet words!

Kristie Maynard April 18, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Wonderful cards! Thanks for the video, love the “wooden” pieces.

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Thank you, Kristie!

Janet Ingraham April 18, 2016 - 10:29 PM

Fabulous, needed that video. Thank you.

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:30 PM

So glad to read this! Thank you, Janet!

Deborah Moss April 19, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Ingenious Svetlana! I love them all but WOW for the woodgrain card! I am so amazed at how you think out of the box and create something so incredible. Thank you for your creations.

Svitlana Shayevich April 22, 2016 - 5:31 PM

Thank you, Deborah! You’re so sweet!

Cris G. April 26, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Cool masculine cards! The faux woodgrain and wood veneer card is amazing!

Svitlana Shayevich April 26, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Thank you, Cris! So glad you liked them!


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