Monday, September 9, 2013

Card size

What is your favorite card size?  Standard A2?  A7?  Shaped cards?

Normally I like to make A2 cards because of a couple of reasons.  First, I can maximize my cardstocks.  Second, they tend to be the standards for tutorials, challenges and so forth.  Finally, for those cards that I am donating to OWH, they require cards to be in A2 size.  So A2 has been my standard size.

However, when I am asked to make a card for a special occasion, for instance if my co-worker asks me to make a card big enough for many people to sign, I will make it an A7 size.  I'm sharing one of those today:


The sketch from the card comes from Just Us Girls except that I have substituted the oval with a tag.


Whenever it comes to a manly card I just have to struggle with a lot of things.  I guess many of my supplies are girly so making a masculine card is challenging to begin with.  A manly card tends to have few embellishments.  The only non-paper embellishment is the black hemp on the tag.  Without embellishments, it is quick tricky to make a card, a manly card, interesting.  So I opted to use different fonts.  "Dad" was cut with Art Philosophy.  I welded the three letters and made sure it is wider than the tag.  Having it hanging off the edge does make it pop some more.  Then I used Artbooking cartridge to cut "BIRTHDAY".  Finally I stamped each letter of "HAPPY" and cut it out.

Colors?  No pink or yellow for sure.  I've used the patterned paper from Dakota for the background, which is a nice wood grain pattern on Whisper. Then I have a horizontal panel in Slate and the words in Barn Red.  The pattern on the tag?  It is in Whisper again - bright enough to be seen but subtle enough to serve as a background.

My card is entering the following challenges:
CCEE Stampers - Birthday card
Cards for men - Tag it
Color My Heart - Slate, Whisper & your choice
Sister Act card challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers challenge - Anything Goes

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14 comments:

  1. Masculine cards are so hard indeed! Love the size of this one and the variations of letters! Great job and I am thrilled you linked it up with us over at Just Us Girls!

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  2. Love your masculine CAS card thanks for joining us over at Creative Fingers ~ Denise DT ~

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  3. Love tags on cards! Thanks for joining in with JUGS!

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  4. Great card for your dad! Perfectly masculine! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

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  5. Beautiful masculine card.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Fingers

    Huggsss, Angelique
    EngelDesignsScrap

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  6. Great male card! Thanks for sharing at Sister Act Card Challenge.

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  7. Wow! Just perfect. Thank you so much for joining us at ATSM. Good luck.. :)

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  8. This is great! You really combined your challenges and gave it a manly twist at the same time. Not easy to do, but you pulled it off with great aplomb!! Thanks for linking up to Color My Heart this week.

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  9. Great male card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again next time.

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  10. Awesome! I love how the sentiment just jumps out. And that barn board paper is one of my faves. Thanks for taking the Color Dare this week.

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  11. Awesome card! I love how the sentiment just jumps off the page. And the barn board paper is one of my faves. Thanks for taking the Color Dare this week.

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  12. Beautiful work - I just love it!!

    Thank you for joining this week at Creative Fingers

    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love
    Co-Owner of Creative Fingers

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  13. The argyle stamps are my favorite to add texture to a layout. I love how you incorporated it into your card and mixed it with the wood grain.

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  14. Love the great masculine look to this card! Thank you for joining us at Color My Heart

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