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Runs with Scissors and Masculine Cards

May 24, 2014


Well, hello there! I almost didn’t notice I had visitors – I find so much to snoop peek into here on the Penny Black blog. There are stamps and inks and papers everywhere! And some lovely finished work, too. The Penny Black designers have been super busy lately sharing their incredible work.

The past few weeks have made me think about a little game and song from Sesame Street. I’m sure you can sing along:

“One of these things is not like the others ….”

1. Simple Stamping

2. Effortless Elegance

3. Blooming with Inspiration

4. Make it… Masculine

Oh, yes! You know it …The right answer is number 4! Masculine cards are not like the others! They require doing without the pretty pastel colors, the bling, the bows, the flowers and the butterflies. We sigh, we stress, we scratch our heads. We wish a man could be more like a woman!

After seeing the assorted masculine-themed cards on the blog this week, I challenged myself to embrace the genre of masculine cards. To make it more interesting, I decided I would use only the floral images from the Penny Black Bloom release. No more excuses for taking the easy way out and sending a … horrors … store-bought card to the men in our family.

It wasn’t simple, it wasn’t effortless but “by George, I think I got it!”

First, I needed to decide what makes a card masculine? My first thought was, “Keep it simple”; more geometric than curvy. Also, use muted or neutral colors; add some texture when possible; and it’s acceptable to use ribbon, but no bows allowed. If you break out in hives when you can’t add bling, a little shimmer is ok, maybe tiny pearls, but no rhinestones, please.

Here is the first card I made, using the Floral Tapestry Slapstick/Cling background stamped onto kraft cardstock. This is the card Mr. Runs With Scissors said he would love to receive:


The focal image is from the Garden Blooms transparent set and becomes “masculine appropriate” when stamped in a neutral tone. I love the tiny sentiment that is part of the Charms transparent set. Here is an example of adding ribbon, but not a bow.

The next floral card remains masculine by stamping the image with very dark brown ink.


This flower is from the Petal Power transparent set. I added several mats and ran the base cardstock through an embossing folder to add texture. Bows are allowed if they are made from rough and fuzzy twine! I added the tiny pearls to mimic the dots among the leaves on the flower stem. Very subtle!

And, then, a male birthday card that although it is done in black and white still says “happy.”


That Star Ivy background stamp seems to burst along the surface of the card and prevents a somber look. I love the little touch of red to relieve the black and white.

After making these three cards in neutral tones I played with other color combos and came up with this:


Red, white and blue works for the guys! I just covered the Star Ivy pattern with navy cardstock from which I diecut three circles. And I can see that it would be easy to change this design into a Fourth of July themed card. Don’t you love using your stamps for the unexpected?

As usual, I have been inspired by all the beautiful work done by the Penny Black design team. How can you not find inspiration here on the blog? Every day there are beautiful ideas, videos, techniques and such a large variety of images to play with. I love browsing the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery for new ideas.

Oh, dear … time to pick up and lock up! I don’t want to be evicted for leaving the place in a mess. You never know who might be showing up on the Penny Black blog next week .. and they will appreciate a clean studio!

Oh, yes: before I go, let’s play that little Sesame Street game again:

“One of these things is not like the other:”

1. Simple Stamping

2. Effortless Elegance

3. Blooming with Inspiration

4. Make it .. Masculine

The answer: None of the above – now that we are cured of our “masculine card phobia”.

Now for a little update on one of the males in my life, Cooper:



Here is Cooper right after a bath and a haircut. No smiles because it takes him a day or two to recover from the “trauma” of a trip to the groomers. As if that wasn’t trouble enough, a trip to the vet for a cyst on his leg resulted in orders to lose 7 to 8 pounds. It’s been a tough week living on one cup of dry dog food per day after a life of too many treats! Tough love has never been this tough!

Now it really is time to put away the scissors. I hope you will go forth and make a guy card!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. dawnnz permalink
    May 24, 2014 12:53 am

    Well Judy… what can I say… You really have nailed Masculine Floral cards with aplomb! Very inspiring.

  2. Darlyne Wagner permalink
    May 24, 2014 1:13 am

    Well, Judy RWS, nice job on the manly type cards. I hope Cooper will be back in the masculine “pink” again , and he will forgive the beauty treatment very soon!

  3. May 24, 2014 1:17 am

    Fabulous cards! Cooper is so cute! I hope he is happier soon! xx

  4. val jones permalink
    May 24, 2014 1:47 am

    A great array of masculine cards. Thanks.
    Little Cooper looks so woebegone. Poor little soul on a diet. The vet has put my own little dog on a diet and it´s so difficult when she looks at me with those “why can´t I have a chocolate button” eyes.
    Take care.
    Love Val in Spain x

  5. quilterlin permalink
    May 24, 2014 5:46 am

    A+, Judy – you’ve made some wonderful masculine cards using our beloved flowers! Genius idea to use them on kraft, as you did the first one! Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Laura Jane permalink
    May 24, 2014 6:48 am

    Ink it ,Stamp it, Stick it down..Masculine cards seem so easy after today’s post Judy. Thanks for the Sesame Street earworm this morning. Ha!
    Poor Cooper, There won’t be anything left of him after he drops those pounds!!

    • judka permalink
      May 24, 2014 7:09 am

      Laura Jane, I hadn’t heard the term “earworm” before but that seems to be a perfect description of having a song in your head that won’t go away!! Love it! thanks for stopping by.

  7. May 24, 2014 7:22 am

    These are all great – my favorite is #2 – LOVE that palette! And I really appreciate that you “manned up” the floral images. I feel I now have permission to go forth and use my flower stamps for Father’s Day!!!

  8. May 24, 2014 7:24 am

    Mrs. RWS, I think you nailed the “male” card. Anything brown or Kraft is a great place to start…as you did. The red, white & blue card was very patriotic as it works for the Memorial weekend we are having…you are just so smart!
    I just don’t see how Cooper could afford to loose 8 pounds…he’s not that big. Maybe one treat a day wouldn’t hurt…come on Mom, he needs some fun in his life.
    hugs, Penny

    p,s,…OMG…that damn song is in my head now!

  9. bdengler4 permalink
    May 24, 2014 8:09 am

    Wonderful post, Judy! So glad you showed us how we really can use flowers on our masculine creations! Love all our cards! And poor, little Cooper! Remember it’s to better his health – hang in there, my friend and stay strong! 🙂

  10. Linda S. in NE permalink
    May 24, 2014 9:47 am

    I’m sorry but I haven’t read about the cards yet, I always scroll and hope to find that you have photographed and written about little Cooper. Poor little guy!! And I mean “little”. If he looses all the weight the vet says, you will only be able to find him if you view him from the side!! Maybe just cut back on the treats, or up his exercise a bit.

    • judka permalink
      May 24, 2014 10:02 am

      Linda, thank you for caring about Cooper! When we rescued him two years ago he weighed 18.5 lbs. His weight at the vet’s was 27!! It was affecting his joints so we are doing what is best for him to get that weight off … he is adjusting and so am I!!

  11. May 24, 2014 9:52 am

    Love the monochromatic looks of these cards. It’s not always necessary to have lots of colors and bling to make great looking cards.

  12. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    May 24, 2014 2:09 pm

    Mother I do think you have captured the essence of male cards without resorting to sports themes or beer. Nice job. Love you, your favorite son,


  13. Mary-Anne V. permalink
    May 24, 2014 2:59 pm

    Ok now i have the sesame street song in my head.your post made me laugh but thanks for all the grest masculine ideas.

  14. alexandra s.m. permalink
    May 24, 2014 6:36 pm

    Great card and thank you for this fun and wonderful post Judy!

  15. Virginia L. permalink
    May 25, 2014 9:44 am

    Delightful, charming and amusing, Judy! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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