Masculine Monday

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | Masculine Monday

I thought I’d bring back a favourite series of mine – Masculine Mondays, to help me focus on adding more masculine themed cards to my stash as I just never seem to have enough 😦 I’ll try to have at least one post per month & hope you’ll stop by to find a little inspiration for those oh so tricksy, guy cards 😉

Today I’m using the stamp set from one of our all-inclusive card kits – Lots of Happy and combining it with the Come Sail Away DSP to create some simple cards. I really like mixing up my products to get more out of them and think the crisp font of these sentiments make them perfect for guy cards 🙂

Little Paper Party, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Come Sail Away DSP, 1
The design for both of my cards is the same and I chose the smaller patterns in the Come Sail Away DSP so they wouldn’t disappear on the narrow strips.

It took a little trial & error to figure out the right size of the DSP and you’ll be happy to know that these strips are small enough to use your scraps for. Four of them measure 2.5 x 9.0cm each and the middle one 2.4 x 9.0cm, what a great way to use up your leftovers 🙂

Little Paper Party, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Come Sail Away DSP, 4
I was originally going to have just two layers on my card front & sentiment, but am so glad I decided to add a third. It really steps up this simple design and makes it feel so much more luxurious.

Little Paper Party, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Come Sail Away DSP, 3
I did want to try to have a card without any die cutting, but couldn’t resist using my Stitched Shapes dies for the sentiment. This is completely optional though and you can just stamp it on a 4.0 x 4.0cm square instead.

I wanted to use the Woven Threads Trim as a simple embellishment and decided to use Tear n’ Tape to adhere it in place, it is a little too wide however and you can see it up close so I used some 1/8″ Scor Tape from my stash for the other card and liked the result much better.

Note: I applied the tape to the card first to keep it straight, but you could add it to the ribbon instead & then roll over any excess which would mean you could use the Tear n’ Tape without any peeking through – hindsight is always 20/20 right?

Little Paper Party, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Come Sail Away DSP, 5

To finish off the insides I added the same layers as the front and another strip of DSP to the top & bottom for a simple decoration. I’ve left the inside blank, as usual, which leaves me lots of room write a message to the recipient.

Card Cuts:

Card Base: 10.5 x 14.9cm (when folded)
Layer 1: 10.0 x 14.4cm
Layer 2: 9.5 x 13.9cm
DSP: 7.4 x 9.0cm (cut 2x 2.5cm wide & 1x 2.4cm)
5.0 x 9.0cm (cut 2x 2.5cm wide)

Sentiment: 4.0 x 4.0cm
Layer 1: 5.0 x 7.0cm
Layer 2: 5.5 x 7.5cm

I really like how these simple cards turned out and think this is a great way to use up your DSP stash to make some simple cards that are ready to go. Of course, you don’t need to use the same stamp set I chose, but I do like to try to use any kit stamps with other products, it helps me think “outside the kit” and helps me get more value for my money.

Cheers,
Karen

If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used today, please visit my Online Store. I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia and remember to use August’s Host Code: R26DGTGC  when you shop with me to receive your Party Perks.

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