Friday Focus – Guy Greetings

It's Fridayyyyy!!! Woo hoo, we are one step closer to the weekend.  After a stressful evening and morning because I made an uh-oh on my website and had to pay to have it restored back a week, I am back to the world of sanity and happiness! I was checking my calendar the other day and every weekend is fully booked this month.  That is crazy, especially when you think that not one weekend involves stamping or stamping events!  Gasp! That just sunk in... what am I going to do?  I mean it's new catalogue time right!? That means we all want to be in our craft room playing and crafting and creating.  I guess there is not much I can do about it. Well today we are focusing on a stamp set that is a bit older - Guy Greetings.  I find that many of my customers, myself included, can find it difficult to create a nice masculine card. The focus of this set is men! Which means that half the work is already done for you in creating the perfect card 🙂 Here are some wonderful creations by some talented women. There are quite a variety of images in this set, from classic, to business man, to the hands on man. First we have a subtle and very manly card created by Tracy May.  Tracy used a very neutral colour palette with the Marina Mist, White and Black ink.  I love the background she created behind her stamped images and the simple yet effective layering of the images and the sentiment.  We know how macho men like to think they are, right? 😉 Next we have another manly card from Maria Willis.  She included a variety of hats in the stamp set.  I love the shadowing on the cardstock below the hats and the man! Did you notice the ribbon sticking out the left side and the cut in the front of the card?  Move the man and he suddenly is wearing a different hat. Clever. Check out the cool background Ceal Pritchett created for her card around the classic car. Did you notice how she grounded the car by adding washi tape below it?  A simple yet effective way to make sure your image isn't left hanging in mid-air.  (don't get me wrong, you can do this but for certain images like cars, they should be grounded to look right.) Again a nice neutral colour palette because let's be honest, men typically don't care for flashy, frilly cards. All beautiful creations!  Has this inspired you with new ideas for some masculine cards? See you all again on Monday. I'm off to a bodybuilding competition tomorrow to support a competitor we have been coaching and training.  I think I may be as nervous as he is!

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