Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A quick survey and a CAS masculine card

I have asked a couple of men to seek advice on the cards they like.  My dad said that he doesn't really care for the designs of a card but prefers clean lines with few layers/patterns.  My brother said he loves to see something very creative, i.e. an effect that prompts him to ask "how did she do that?".  My boyfriend, who spends the most amount of time shopping at craft stores with me compared to my dad and my brother, likes to catch those moments where I bought a charm/paper/embellishment for a card but didn't use it eventually.  Apparently, he thinks the time spent on searching that item with me is a complete waste if it is not used.  I usually defend myself with the general argument, "That item now serves a different purpose that has not been realized."

I have also asked my co-workers and friends.  My conclusion?  Something clean and simple usually appeals to them.  Graphics, blues and greens (rather than brown and black), white space are also pleasant to their eyes.  One told me that he reads the hand-written message inside the card back and forth so he focuses on the inside rather than the front of the card.  So true.

After collecting opinions from them, I did a quick experiment.  I made the following card and asked them how they liked it:

There are many things I can criticize about this card but many of the men I ask like this card!  Have I been too harsh to myself when it comes to masculine cards?   Girls and Boys just have so different perspective.  I need to learn to look at it from a guy's perspective!

Do you know what kind of cards that guys like?  Please do share!

I'm linking up my card to the following:
Created with Love - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Doll - Anything Goes
Eureka Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge - No patterned paper
Digi Sketch Challenge - one for the men

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love CAS!! Pretty card. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created With Love Challenges

    Created with Love Challenges

  2. Wow FAB male card. Love the way you did this one. Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  3. A perfect card for a man... love the CAS design.

    Thanks for sharing at Paper Nest Dolls this time... hope to welcome you back here again soon..

    Christine L x

  4. A beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley Challenge. Marlene DT

  5. It's so hard to do a masculine card but this one is great! No frills, just great color scheme and very vintage looking....I love this card and any man would be thankful to receive it. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Nest Dolls 'Anything Goes' challenge. Heidi - PND DT

  6. Love this card, so simple yet it's just right. Thanks for entering the Eureka! Stamps Challenge this week.

  7. Very cute card. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley challenge.
    Nathalie DT

  8. I see you got more of those I/O stamps... that grunge one came out really nice.. =)

  9. I see you made another IO purchase.. that grunge one came out really well. =)