The Best: a Masculine Card for The Paper Players

The Paper Players have thrown down the gauntlet this week.  There’s no color challenge, and there’s no sketch challenge.  Instead, Ann has challenged us to make a Masculine card that’s also clean and simple.  Challenge accepted, Ann.  Here’s my card:Great Sport, Blue Ribbon, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the challenge banner:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • What is a “masculine card”?  I’m going to let you on a little secret – if you are going to give a man a card, it doesn’t have to be navy blue or dark brown.  It doesn’t have to feature a truck or a horse to make it masculine.  Men also like solid colors – bold patterns and bright colors work, too.  In this card, I kept my colors earthy and bold, and each color plays an important role.  No reds or pinks here, but the orange is a nice subsititute to keep the card from going too brown.  This card is pure rock ‘n roll!
  • Baked Brown Sugar.  I am in love with this 2013-2015 In Color.  If you missed my rundown of these colors, you can see it here.  Baked Brown Sugar is the only color in the group that’s not a soft, subtle color – and I have a little crush on it.  Somewhere between Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, this shade of brown is perfect for this masculine card.  Lo and behold, it also coordinates beautifully with Tangerine Tango.
  • Snippy, snippy.  I stamped this cetral image in three colors – once in Tangerine Tango, once in Baked Brown Sugar and once in Summer Starfruit.  Then I got to snipping and layering and snipping some more.  Even the stars at the top of the emblem are snipped twice to make several layers.

I hope you like my card today.  Please make sure you check out the other design team cards at The Paper Players.  I would LOVE for you to participate in this challenge, too.

Stamp Sets: Great Sport, Blue Ribbon Inks: Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Summer Starfruit  Papers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Nicely done! I agree with your definition of a
    “Masculine” card. Rock on!

  2. Maria Rodriguez

    Great card!! I totally agree with your definition of a Masculine card and I often have a difficult time putting one together so, this one will go in my CASE file for sure!!

  3. This is a great masculine design. Love the layers.

  4. This card could be a good one for a lot of events or occasions for a male ….Say maybe for someone that has 1,024 blog followers . !! I let the 1000 number slip by me … probably because it requires a certain amount of squinting to see it !! I will be building you a card but, it won`t be in that new color of brown for obvious reasons …. Belated Yay for you for passing the 1000 viewers mark. You popular person you !!!

  5. Love the card Brian!
    Bold and crisp. You never disappoint!

  6. There is a reason you are among the best of the best!!! I love reading your blog and your cards are so clean and (sometimes) simple (LOL)…..always an inspiration to try something new! Thank you!!!

  7. Absolutely perfect, Brian! Love these colors together and you put together the most wonderful stamps! Saving this one in my inspiration folder!! Great recipe for masculine cards!!

  8. TOTALLY LOVE Your card today, and I loved the dialog it opened between my hubby and I today! My first thought when I looked at your card was “that’s masculine”? and then I read on, and received a great lesson from both you and my hubby, because I found out he LOVES the color Fushia, (however that is spelled! lol) and he loves paisley designs. I’ve been married to him for 23 years, and never knew that! sheesh. He also thought that the design would be a great one for a memorial card. I now have two new stamp sets I “HAVE” to have! Thanks a ton, you enabler you! 😉 Love your daily inspiration, can’t wait to meet you in July!

  9. Awesome card Brian! I struggle with cards for my college age nephew and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Love this Brian, maybe I am guilty of the “cliché” of using motor driven vehicles, animals or sports too much, thanks for the male point of view.

  11. Outstanding! You did it again, Brian!

  12. Super masculine card…well done!!!

  13. I love this one, Brian! Great color choices, and I love the layout.

  14. Carol Carriveau

    It is indeed masculine….nicely done.

  15. Awesome, Brian! I love this image and the colors you selected!

  16. Oh wow, these colors are fabulous together! Baked Brown Sugar goes with everything! You’ve totally enabled me to get this stamp too–I keep looking at it and your card might be the final push! Love it!

  17. I love this new color too and I think it is terrific paired with the Tangerine! THat image is THE BEST!

  18. Love this! It was so nice of you to make a card just for me! LOL! It’s really cool! 🙂

  19. What a brilliant color combination, Brian, love it!

  20. Such an amazing card…. LOVE all the layers!

  21. I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It’s a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. LMK

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