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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  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!

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

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

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

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

    Huggsss, Angelique

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  12. 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.

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