PPA151: You are My World, Valentine

Masculine cards can be difficult to make.  They’re not always “my thing” because I am just as crazy for the soft colors and flowers this time of year – the Spring Catalog is packed full of them!  While I’ve been playing around with my “Dude, You’re Welcome!” kit this past week, I’ve been challenged to make masculine cards (or cards with masculine stamps).  Why stop now? 

Today’s  masculine Valentine’s Day card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA151).  From the stamp set to the color selections, this card screams “masculine.”  First the card:  www.stampwithbrian.com - You are My World.jpg

And here’s the sketch that inspired my card:PPA151.jpg

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Keep the colors simple.  Men are simple and dumb, so don’t confuse them with bright colors and intricate designs.  You know I don’t believe that, right?  What I meant to say is “Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be filled with pinks and reds.”  Still poignant, right?  I opted for Midnight Muse and Gumball Green, two masculine colors that pair well together, and didn’t stray from them.
  • Add a heart to your world.  This card didn’t start out as a Valentine’s Day card, but I knew I wanted to transform it into one.  That’s when I thought I could add a heart to the world.  I stamped the globe in Midnight Muse and again in Gumball Green.  I punched a heart from the Gumball Green globe and layered it on the Midnight Muse globe. 
    • QUICK TIP:  Here’s how I made sure the heart was punched out of the center of the Gumball Green:  I punched a heart on a post-it note, stuck it directly on the center of the Gumball Green globe, lined up my Full Heart punch over top of the post-it note and then punched away!  20130117-182534.jpg
  • Look at all my sponging!  To add depth to the circle around the globe and to better highlight the heart in the middle, I sponged a little Midnight Muse around the edges – with the light touch of a butterfly’s wings, I sponged those edges like there was no tomorrow.

Stamp sets:  The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes  Inks:  Midnight Muse, Gumball Green  Papers:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, Word Window punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, Full Heart punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Wasn’t this fun?  Be sure to pop over to the PPA site to check out the other cards!


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  1. Awesome! I never would have thought of doing that and with this set. I love your twist. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. WOW Brian, I have this stamp set and I love it, I use it often, specially for masculine cards. What you did today with it blows my mind, you really outdid yourself and I can’t thank you enough for showing this beautiful twist using this beautiful stamps. Fabulous job!!!!!

  3. {gasp!} love the color pallet and your sponging! So proud of you!

  4. Bravo!!!! Love this card….I love this stamp set but put off getting it …I guess it goes on the list . I also love love the ship in this set… You did it again , Mr. Wizard ! Who would have thought to use this as a Valentine ??? This is another style card for a male person type…. this card wouldn`t be for the “Dude” … Tricky tip on the heart placement ….you are so smart, Matey . Also I like the colors. Most examples I have seen are one color only . A real winner .

  5. Wow Brian, way to think outside of the box. This card is awesome! I love these colors together, very non Valentiney but perfect for a man card. The heart shape worked into the globe is incredible. You rocked this one! You’re going for two in a row at PPA ? Happy Friday and Happy Stampin’!

  6. You have proved you are the ultimate King of card making once again. This is genius and creativity at its best! I make cards, you are an artist who makes cards! Bravo!

    • Brian, Coach E took the words right out of my mouth! True artist, you are! Love the heart and the sponging! Tre bien!! Mwah!

  7. I have learned to look over your creations inch by inch. Why? Looking for the ‘WOW’ factor in the little tricks you use. You never disappoint. Love it!

  8. This is a really great card, and super use of the sketch. Your writing cracks me up sometimes! I am beginning to think you are just a teensy bit cuckoo, like me. I KNEW I liked you!!

  9. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Your sense of humor and your love of card making are such a fun combination. I start my morning with you everyday. Keep up the great work!

  10. Great card!, thanks for the tip on perfect placement of a punch.

  11. Wow! Your card is just out of this world!! No pun intended! 🙂

  12. We are on the same wave length. I used the same color selections in a card that I made last night. 🙂 I love Gumball Green and Midnight Muse together. Great card!

  13. brilliant punch tip

  14. Great colors and great stamp set for a guy! Love the heart!

  15. Fantastic masculine card!

  16. Brian, in the words of the new masculine stamp set, “DUDE, YOU’RE AWESOME!” What a perfect masculine card!

    Love how you made the this masculine valentines day card….. I always have probs with my valentines card for my honey…. now… you just gave me an idea…. I dont have this set…. but I kind of have an idea now!!!! thanks to you and your fabulous cards and ideas!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!

  18. Brilliant idea! Love it

  19. Wow, Brian…this is fabulous…great colors and design….rockin and Rollin…you go!!!

  20. Perfect in every way! Great tip too! Hugs!

  21. Great card!

  22. Love your masculine card, Brian! Great job with the sketch too! I love these colors!

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