Color Inspiration for Masculine Cards

As card makers, we love playing with different mediums and colors and styles.  For some reason, though, a lot of people feel “stuck” when it comes to creating masculine cards.  There’s an odd theory in the world that cards for men need to be brown and blue or that they should feature a truck or ship.  As the theory goes, an occasional tool chest is good, too.  Have you ever received a Mother’s Day card or birthday card with a pink blender or a flowery oven mitt on it?  Has your husband ever given you an anniversary card with an ironing board on it?  I hope not.

Cards for men don’t have to be void of color and personality.  I’ll concede that a card based in blues or neutrals is a good start, but there’s nothing wrong with a pop of color.  I dug through some of my old cards that would be perfect for the men in your life and grouped them into three color categories: (1) Completely Muted, (2) Mostly Muted with a Pop of Color and (3) Unexpected Sweetness.  I think you’ll agree that any of these color combinations (no matter how unexpected) would be a great way to celebrate your dad/husband/boyfriend/brother/friend.

COMPLETELY MUTED.  Let’s start with the most typical color combinations for guys – muted neutrals.  These cards are mostly  browns and blues, but there’s variety enough in the shades to make them both masculine-appropriate and visually appealing – don’t you think?

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Bear Hugs, Guy Greetings, Snow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP279:

In the Meadow, Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA296:

Happy Happenings, Go Wild Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

Vintage Leaves, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA268:

MOSTLY MUTED WITH A POP OF COLOR.  While there weren’t a lot of colors to be found in the first grouping of cards, the following set includes a (perhaps) unexpected pop of color – reds, blues and yellows – that don’t take away from the fact that this card is going to a man.  Even a card with flowers can be OK if you’ve balanced your colors well.

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Letters for You, Crazy About You, Large Letters Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP298, CYCI#123:

Age Awareness, Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP030:

Party Wishes, It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP022:

Suite Sayings, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA280:

UNEXPECTED SWEETNESS.  While neutrals are a safe bet for most guys, you can always surprise the man in your life with some soft, sweet colors that don’t challenge his manliness.  Bright colors are always fun for a celebration, and soft colors can be perfectly offset to create cards he’d appreciate.  Celebrations can be dull if there’s no color involved.

You can click on these photos to read my original post about each.

Marquee Messages, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Sneak Peek:

Suite Sayings, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card:

Fabulous Four, Number of Years, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card, PP282:

For Being You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

I hope these samples have inspired you to make Father’s Day cards or birthday cards that aren’t completely void of color.  Clean designs are always appreciated – and color is a great way to make that clean design exciting.

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  1. OMG Brian, your statement of Browns, blues and Trucks and Tools is so TRUE, we do box masculine cards. Why…, thanks for bringing it to our attention. Time to think outside the box with color.

  2. What a marvelous collection of masculine cards! Love your encouragement to push for brights as well as neutrals!

  3. Super special display of different colors and layouts that could be used for the masculine cards . lots of good ideas !

  4. Thanks so much for the tips, Brian! Great ideas!

  5. Guilty as charged! I hate to admit it but I’m one of those people who shy’s away from bright colors on masculine cards. I also confine the images I choose to use to deer or cars or sailboats, etc. I guess I need to keep this video you so graciously provided us with to remind me that men can get colorful cards too. Thanks Brian.

  6. Thanks, Brian, for this parade of wonderful cards for the men in our lives. Great inspiration in one place. Have great fun with your sale and open house. Wish I lived closer!

  7. Great insight as usual. I am officially jealous of the people who live near you or are traveling through the area today and have a chance to stop by your open house. Hope it’s a success – (I’m certain it will be.)

  8. Cindie McDuffee

    As always, I love your retrospectives! And your tips are spot on. Thanks, Brian!

  9. Hello Brian ! Your cards are great ! ! ! You are so inspired . . . Hats off to you ! Thank you for sharing your art !

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