Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’ve had requests from my class ladies for more cards for the men in their lives, so instead of my usual format of featuring one stamp set or bundle, I’ve created this collection of cards using different dies and stamp sets.

Are they masculine enough? They thought so.

Here are a few more details.

For the first card, which was the easiest of the lot to do, I used the Best Year bundle, which consists of the Best Year stamp set and Best Plaid Builder dies. The Best Year stamp set includes 11 sentiment stamps, and the die set is a set of 2 dies to create the plaid pattern.

The dies are larger than I thought and the full die cut, as shown in the picture, won’t fit on an Australian standard A6 size card front (14.8cm x 10.5cm). So for this card I made the card base from a 9″ x 6-1/8″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock, folded to 4-1/2″ x 6-1/8″.

I also used one of the label dies from the Tasteful Labels dies set for the sentiment.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card. 

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Here is the second card, which was a little more involved.

For this card I used the Today’s Tiles stamp set for the main panel. The 2 tile images overlay one another, and the fabulous Stamparatus is the best tool to use to get the best alignment. After stamping the tile images in Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee ink on Whisper White cardstock I pressed the Versamark stamp pad over the image and sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder to cover it completely. This was heat set with a heat tool. 

The rest of the card is layers of Misty Moonlight cardstock (embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder), Whisper White and Bumblebee (embossed with one of the Wrapped in Texture embossing folders), on a Thick Whisper White card base.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set, one of my “go to” sets. After stamping the sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White I embossed it with clear embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool. I then used the Classic Label punch to punch the banner shape and also used the Banners Pick a Punch to make the Misty Moonlight mat behind it. The ribbon is Misty Moonlight ribbon. I love how Stampin’ Up makes the ink, paper and ribbons match.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card.

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For the third card I wanted to use the stitched triangle dies, with a twist.

First, I stamped the camouflage background stamp onto Whisper White cardstock. I inked the stamp in Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Garden Green and Old Olive ink. I have small ink spots in these colours, so found it easy to use the mini ink pads. You could get a similar effect if you picked up the ink from the full size stamp pads using sponge daubers.

I then chose the Stitched Triangle dies and arranged them on the cardstock piece. I die cut them with my new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, which is a sturdy manual die cutting machine. I used the rest of the stamped panel as a mat layer underneath the black panel on the card front.

On the black panel I stamped the sentiment from the Well Said stamp set in Versamark ink and sprinkled white embossing powder over it, heat setting it with my heat tool. I then embossed the panel using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.

I die cut the letters to make the word Happy using the Playful Alphabet dies, first cutting them from black cardstock, and then from one of the new Foam Adhesive sheets.

I then removed the top layer of paper from the foam, placed the black letter on top and then pressed each letter out of the foam. It’s easier to put the cardstock letters on the foam letters this way then pressing the foam letters out and trying to line up the cardstock letters on top. You could also attach a strip of foam behind a strip of cardstock and cut both at the same time, but then you will have wastage of the foam. Doing it this way gives you foam you can cut up with scissors and use as Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I glued the black panel to the mat and then to the Bermuda Bay card front first, arranged the triangles and then glued them down, finally adhering the foam letters to finish the card.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card.

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Happy stamping,