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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dude.

This week, the Simon Says Wednesday challenge is called "It's a Guy Thing". Is it just because the majority of cardmakers are female that masculine cards seem to be a challenge for so many? And how about a double challenge... needing a sympathy card to send to a man? The fallback floral theme just might not cut it. Here is my solution: 



Yep, swap out flowers for fern fronds, go monochromatic, and it suddenly becomes more of a guy card. I confess, I hadn't picked the fern stamp when I made my little trio of background squares, and were I to do this over, I would likely just have a rectangle instead. But let's pretend I was inspired by the patterned paper to use squares. Yes, when you look closely, they're circles... what's your point?
And since it just so happens I hadn't used the fern stamp or that patterned paper before, I am also linking up to this week's CASology cue word, and Darnell's NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) challenges.






Supplies: Stampin' Up old olive cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Stampin' Up patterned paper (bought at a garage sale, so no idea what collection), Local King Rubber Stamp music background, Memory Box fern & Hero Arts chandelier with birds stamps, bundled sage, shabby shutters, peeled paint & antique linen distress, Versamark & Memento cottage ivy inks, Zing clear embossing powder, EK Success 1 1/4" square & Stampin' Up ticket corner punches, pop-dot tape

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11 comments:

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Beautiful, soothing colour choice and lovely layout! Definitely think going with the ferns was a great idea for guys! Thanks so much for joining us over at CASology this week!

Susanne Vargas said...

Love this!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Gorgeous colors in Green, love the ferns LOTS!! Thanks for joining us in the CASology NBUS challenge this week! So glad that you did!

Chris D. said...

The fern fronds and the green colors were a perfect choice for a sympathy/guy card. You pulled this off beautifully!

Heather G said...

Wonderful masculine card...for sympathy or get well. Love the colors and how it just seems very soothing.

OH Babs said...

Never apologize for mistakes/boo-boos because they always seem to work. I like the card for man or woman - it is lovely.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Great card tip on making masculine cards, Lindsey! All dudes like outdoorsy things so you can't go wrong there. And I love your traffic circle patterned paper on one side! I mean, wouldn't a dude think they looked like a traffic circle? He would immediately pull out the little Match Box cars he keeps in his head and start mentally racing through them!!

Thanks so much for linking up with both CASology and my NBUS Challenge #3! It's been a fun collaboration!! Have a great week! Hugs, Darnell

Jessi Fogan said...

Those are excellent tips for making it masculine - and talk about a dreaded man card, a man sympathy card. oy. You pulled it off beautifully (ruggedly?)

Jen W. said...

Brilliant idea to use ferns instead of flowers! This really is the perfect guy sympathy card! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Mandy said...

Fabulous masculine card Lindsey! The colours are lovely and the stamped ferns are gorgeous.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Barb King said...

Love the fern, and perfect for a man. Masculine cards are tricky!