Hello stampers! Doesn’t everyone just love a true gentleman? I am quite the romantic so the picture of a dapper, debonair gentleman is quite appealing to me. I love the old-fashioned men’s haberdasheries where you can get nice ties and cufflinks, felt hats and handkerchiefs. Throw in some worn leather chairs and some old books and oh my!!
Well our new True Gentleman suite evokes all of that. My father wore a top hat on his wedding day, so this also reminds me of him. I miss the days when couples got dressed up to go out for dinner. In the suite you will find awesome paper, matching cardstock in three coordinating shades (crumb cake, night of navy and tranquil tide) eight sheets of each, night of navy corduroy ribbon, faux wood buttons, a duo pack of markers (chocolate chip and tranquil tide) as well as a tailored tag punch. I used ALL of these products on the following cards.
I used the same layout for the first batch of cards, just switching up the sayings, the pattern of the paper and the placement of the button. For this one I coloured the stamp with markers: early espresso, night of nay and tranquil tide. I distressed with soft suede and used the splatter stamp from Awesomely Artistic. Crumb cake base (4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″) very vanilla layer (4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″) patterned paper (4″ by 5 1/4″) the smaller panel is 4 1/4″ by 2 3/4″ with a narrow strip of 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ along the bottom, a piece of corduroy ribbon 4 1/4″ long. The button is “glue-dotted” under the ribbon and then the bow is secured to the button with a glue dot as well.
Don’t you just love this paper? Did I tell you that my dad also smoked a pipe for a very long time? Not a good habit, but he is now 91, so I think he had it mostly clamped between his teeth, unlit! This paper reminds me of him. He is also a bit of a fox!!
For the card above I punched out two tailored tag punch shapes and layered them behind the sentiment. In the earlier cards I trimmed down the sentiment so that it would layer with the solid colour punch behind it. Works very well indeed. I also find that you can cheat with the twine. What I mean is that you can just tie a bow and use a glue dot to put it on the button and no one can tell that you didn’t thread it through, so unless you are a purist, go for it!
I like how the card above can be either for Father’s Day or just for a birthday. I love how the patterned papers just coordinate so well. Who says it is difficult to make masculine cards? Not me!
Now doesn’t this card remind you of a sharp dresser? Someone who is good at combining fabrics, textures and prints? Add a pair of great glasses, and my oh my! I think you will love how easily these cards come together. Choose a layout and then switch out the colours and patterns and you quickly have a stack of coordinating cards that will surprise any true gentleman on your list. This last card is super simple. Check it out:
For this card I started with a very vanilla base. The chocolate chip mat is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and then the patterned paper is 2 3/4″ by 3 3/4″ and 2 1/4″ by 3 3/4″. I wrapped a piece of the corduroy ribbon across the intersection and then adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped in night of navy and then punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch. It is retired, but there is a circle framelit in that size as well. I used the scalloped circle framelit to cut a chocolate chip mat.
I hope you liked these fun masculine cards. We had fun making some of them at coffee and a card class this morning. I decided to make Father’s Day cards super early this year as most of it sold out last year well before the date. The lesson? If you see something you love, don’t put off getting it or you may regret it. Speaking of which, saleabration ends on March 31, don’t you want that awesome deal on the starter kit? Everyone who joins my team during saleabration gets to come to Diva day on Saturday April 14. What a lot of fun we are going to have together.
I almost forgot. Two things. One: the stamp set and the punch are available as a bundle which means you can save 10%. I also made a collage of the cards we made at coffee and a card, so I might as well share them here as well. You will see that True Gentleman works very well with the Waterfront stamp set.