As I sat down yesterday to create a new project, I realized that I hadn’t yet shared all my masculine projects from my Convention board. There are three or four still left to share, and I don’t want to let too much time pass by before I share them all. Today’s card is an odd-shaped card (long and slender like the Thanksgiving card I made for the Pals Blog Hop two weeks ago – see it here). The unexpected size of this card makes it super-special in my mind. Here’s my card:
Since this card was for my Convention Board that featured Masculine cards, I have a couple of tips and tricks related to the “masculineness” of this card.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Masculine patterns in unexpected places. This pattern is from Etcetera Designer Series Paper. Have you noticed that most of the Designer Series Papers have a theme on one side of the paper (this set is filled with sewing-themed designs) and a non-themed pattern on the other? That means the uses for the paper are endless. You might not have expected to find a masculine chevron in the sewing-themed paper, but there it is! It’s fun to find useful patterns in unexpected places.
- Eye-grabber. While I admit that this card is a bit over-sized, I love that your eye goes right to the sentiment. The large panel of patterned paper might catch your eye, but you’ll immediately be drawn to the circle (with a repeat of the same paper) and then to the smallest circle that wishes you a happy birthday. That’s the ultimate goal, right? As I am looking at this image and writing about it, it’s kind of reminiscent of a Volkswagon Symbol, isn’t it.
- Odd shapes for an intriguing look. I try to frequently change-up the shapes and sizes of cards. I might get stuck on square cards every once in a while (you’ve called me on it before), but even the size of those changes from 6″ x 6″ to 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and even 5″ x 5″. I love the traditional size of a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card, but it’s nice to change things up to keep things fresh. Unexpected and intriguing.
When I presented this odd-shaped card at Covention, I also made a coordinating envelope with a piece of Very Vanilla paper from my Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I measured around the card, creating a seam for the envelope in the center/back and then folding the flaps at the top and bottom. I clasped the envelope shut on the ends with twine. Here’s a hazy picture (enlarged from my Convention board):
Stamp sets: Petite Pairs. Papers: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Etcetera Designer Series Paper Inks: Night of Navy Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Circle punches, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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