I Miss You Already

I’m sharing another Convention Board project with you today.  As you may know, my presentation at Convention centered around Maculine Projects.  I shared my opinions about what makes a perfect card for a man, and I want to share some of those thoughts with you today.  

  • Color choices.  Don’t be afraid of using colors in a masculine card.  Masculine cards don’t need to be seven shades of brown to qualify.  Here’s my opinion:  

The objective of selecting colors for a masculine card is NOT to define masculinity; it’s only important to not offend the masculinity of the person who will receive the card.

Does that make sense?  Perhaps it’s best to stay away from pinks, purples and pastels, but all other colors are on the table – and Stampin’ Up! has a lot of great colors to choose from.

  • Sentiments.  Don’t be afraid to use the words you would use when talking to the man in your life.  I think “I Miss You Already” is perfectly OK for a masculine card if it sounds like something you might say to your husband or boyfriend or father or friend.

Here’s my masculine “I Miss You Already” card:

Yippee-Skippee, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Create a chevron pattern with striped DSP.  Do you recognize the chevron background?  If you weren’t paying attention closely, you might have missed that it’s created from Et Cetera Designer Series Paper.  Et Cetera is a relatively feminine paper (lots of sewing references), but it translates well here, I think.  To see how to create a chevron pattern with strips of striped paper, click here.
  • Square frame.  Sure, there’s an interesting background here, but I knew I needed to add some interest to the sentiment, as well.  Using my Squares Collection Framelits, I created a frame for the sentiment and added small strips of Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop” it out.
  • Position the sentiment.  So that the chevron pattern could shine on this card, I placed the layered sentiment in the bottom, right corner.  Had I centered it, you would barely be able to tell that there was a gorgeous Chevron here.

Stamp Sets:  Yippee-Skippee  Inks:  Midnight Muse  Papers:  Old Olive, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Etcetera Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Squares Collection framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The 2013 Holiday Catalog was released yesterday.  What do you think?  Don’t you love it?  If you want a sample of a bunch of items, sign up for the next round of product shares today.  I will be mailing out the first round this weekend and would love to add you to the next round.  To find out more, click here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!



  1. Bingo! Love the Chevron work here with distressed-like DSP! Oh and I miss you too! 🙂

  2. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Hee hee!! You and your turn-the stripey-DSP-into-a-chevron-pattern technique are so clever!!! And way to position your framed out sentiment to really show it off!! Thank you for sharing more great tricks Brian!!!

  3. I like your card and I think it could be a good basic to have a couple on hand without a sentiment and add that as needed. Not that I don`t like this sentiment . I think this would be a fun card to give my granddaughter before she goes back to school because we have spent some fun times together this summer . Oh shucks now I`ve gotten away from your all boy theme . Well, I could do a couple for my grandsons also . I plan to try this chevron /stripe technique …it just might turn out for me !

  4. whew for a minute there , with the title of your blog today i thought you were going away and we would be missing you !! so ok love the card and agree color is good on men too. have a 10 year old grandson son and he insist that hot pink is the only color for him. lol have a good weekend brian.

  5. Love the Chevron look you gave this card Brian and the way you framed the sentiment, it really makes it pop!! Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful masculine cards.
    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  6. WOW! This is fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing the link to your tutorial!

  7. Thanks Brian, love the card and the ideas you give are right on….thanks for sharing

  8. I love this card! At first I thought you had inked up the stripes embossing folder to achieve the background, but I was wrong. (Hmmm…I wonder if I could make that work?) Anyhow, that little frame popped up is so classy and is the perfect touch – great guy card! Thank you Brian for the inspiration – love, love, love your blog! Have a great weekend!

  9. Love the chevron. That is now on my list of things to try out. Thanks for the inspiration Brian.

  10. Love this card!!!

  11. Bee-U-Tea-Full!

  12. Great card. Thanks for the tutorial. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing masculine cards with us. I always struggle with making cards masculine, but not boring. You have been a big help to me. I love your style!

  13. I love this card! The colors are perfect and the frame is awesome! 🙂

  14. Thank you for showing and telling us how to make the chevron pattern with striped paper, It would take an analytical, accountant-type mind such as yours to figure this out. Thanks for passing it along!

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