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His&Hers Brainstorming!

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Hi all,

I’m so excited to have started another Online Card Class. This time around I am a participating in a class called His & Hers. Generally speaking, I feel that masculine cards are one of the most difficult types of cards to make. Most vendors/suppliers sell products that are totally geared towards feminine interests. I think this class will provide some great insight on creating complementary cards as well as bring my attention to products that can be multi-functional in a masculine card.

For Day 1 we are focusing what types of materials/colors we feel are masculine vs feminine. We were asked to fill out a little chart and share what we felt were feminine vs. masculine themes. I took it one step further by adding punching out some tags using scrap material of patterns and colors I thought represented each individual category.

Card Class - His and Hers


On to card 1 : Feminine Card using sentiment Thinking of You

Pattern Play – Card 5

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Hi all,

Let’s get right into it! Today’s objective is altering pattern paper. There are so many ways to change the texture and overall condition of paper. You can paint it, emboss it, score it, tear it, sew it…and the list goes on. I wanted to try an exact technique an instructor used and try scoring my paper and then sanding down the score lines to create raised white lines.

Each white line on the card was created by sanding the paper. Pretty neat huh?


Papers from My Minds Eye and Basic Grey

Pattern Play – Card 4

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Hi all,

Day 3 and card 4 is here! And today’s lesson could be my favorite take away. Today’s lesson was how to use “hard to use” and bold patterns. I wanted to take a busy pattern and break it up a bit to create a card that looked a little easier on the eye. I think an even larger print would look amazing!

Here it is!


Papers from My minds eye and Basic Grey

Pattern Play – Card 3

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Hi all,

We’re on to day 2 and card 3 of Pattern Play. Today’s project concept is to use a stamping technique on patterned paper. I found it really interesting that one of the instructors stamped her image and then clear embossed it so the stamp would resist all inking done to the paper. I played on that concept a bit and came up with my take on the lesson.

Here it is:


As you can see, right below the word banner I clear embossed a stamped image and then inked the paper orange and blue. The stamped image resisted the ink and just pops out. The paper now looks more antiqued and aged. The original paper was a simple diamond pattern on cream colored paper.


Card Base: American Crafts cardstock

Papers: My Minds Eye – All Spice

Banner: Basic Grey – pb&j

Ink: Versamark clear, Tim Holtz distress inks

Stamp: Hampton Arts