I have had so many tell me that quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards are such a challenge to make. I think that’s because most of us who make cards are women and we are geared toward “flowery and feminine”. I know that’s true for myself. In order for me to make a quick and easy handmade guy birthday card I have to get out of my comfortable thinking zone!! And, that’s hard!!
Today I have four quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards to share with you. None of these cards took me very long to create. They all share THREE things in common….a neutral color combination, a large, focal-point sentiment and a simple background.
Here’s my first card:
- To create this background, I inked raised side of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing folder (139673) with Soft Suede ink before I ran the Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot.
- Sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear Mount 141736). I used the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) to cut the two oval shapes.
- The sentiment piece is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Cardstock color is Soft Suede.
Here’s another card idea, using the same embossing folder as the card above. This card is even quicker to make because there is no inking of the embossing folder!
- On this card I changed up the direction of the embossed background piece. Changing the card orientation is a trick to remember that allows you to create two different looks for your cards.
- With the exception of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) and the colors used, this card uses all the same products as my first card.
- Colors used: Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.
- Colors: Crumb Cake ink and cardstock; Very Vanilla cardstock
- The Stylized Birthday stamp (141828) was used for the focal point sentiment. I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the sentiment and mounted it on a rectangular piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
Here’s my final cards to share for quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards.
This card uses the same Stylized Birthday stamp sentiment (same as the card I shared above). It is cut with the Layering Oval Framelit Dies.
The textured background was made using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (NOTE: This is a retiring Stampin’ Up! product and is no longer available. All inventory of this product has been sold out.)
I hope that I have helped you with some ideas for creating quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards. Here’s what I want you to remember from this post.
First, create a striking but simple background for the front of your card. I used embossing folders and background stamps on the cards I shared, but patterned paper would be another option.
Second, use a large, focal-point sized stamp for the sentiment, then matte it so that it stands out on the card front.
Third, neutral color combinations are great to use for masculine cards.
These three tips are great starting point for creating quick and easy handmade guy birthday cards that the men in our lives will love!! Do you have any other tips to share?? Please leave a comment.