Betsy’s Blossoms – a Masculine card

After a workshop this past weekend where we punched the Betsy’s Blossoms flower with the large scallop circle, I thought it would be really cool to “masculinize” the floral design by punching it in dark colors with the square punch or the scallop square punch.  I pictured navy’s and browns.

After doing a quick search online, I came across a beautiful card by Jill Franchett at Jill’s Ink.  Jill uses a different color palette and layout, but her work definitely inspired my final card. You can check out her card here.

Here’s my card:20120819-130923.jpg

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Use it in a different way.  You’ve heard this from me before, but I get such a thrill out of using stamps, shapes and punches in ways they were not intended to be used.  A flower is a flower, but I really love the idea of taking the “flower” out of this image and transforming it into a really cool pattern.
  • Stagger the punches for a cool effect.  Because my stamped image is not intended to be a flower, I made sure I didn’t punch the pattern in the same place on each stamped image.  I like the effect this has on the final design.

Stamp sets: Betsy’s Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners Papers: Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla Inks: Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake Accessories: 1-1/2″ Scallop Square punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!



  1. I like this! I thought I would like regular squares better than scallop squares until I saw your card, but this is awesome! Very cool 🙂

  2. Ugh – Now I HAVE to try this. And I had other things to do today!!

  3. Great card. I need some ideas for masculine cards. Thanks.

  4. Fabulous! Love these square flower images in color block!

  5. Great color combo! I always love seeing stamps used in ways in which they were not orginally intended. Always looking for more masculine card ideas that aren’t the normal fishing, hunting, etc. VERY nice masculine card! I think I will have to case this one. 🙂

  6. Awesome job with the punching and staggering! I know I will try this! Thanks..

  7. Brian, that’s a great masculine card. When I saw which set you were using, I thought, “No way!” But it worked, and how! TFS!

  8. Wonderful idea, Brian….and yes, most of us struggle with masculine cards…this would be great for my BIL who loves gardening!! Thank you for sharing your inspiration….and I love Jill’s card for a female version.

  9. And I thought scallops weren’t masculine! Thanks for changing my mind.

  10. Very cool, Brian! Love the way you took the very feminine stamp and turned it on its ear! I love the color combination and how you’ve grounded the card with the Night of Navy and Cajun Craze colors. Fantastic!

  11. This has such an ‘arty’ feel to it–such a creative use of the stamp AGAIN. I didn’t think you could beat the use of it as fireworks, but I think you have! –Terri

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