Thursday, June 14, 2012

October Afternoon - Father's Day Card



Life has definitely been a whirlwind experience lately: wedding plans, new puppy stuff, moving and then not moving (long story). I've been so tired that I've lost my scrapbooking mojo. But now I'm back and ready to go!

What better way than to kick off with a Father's Day card? Father's Day is this Sunday and I know how difficult it can be to make a 'male approved' card. It's normally my hardest subject. But I've found that if you just follow a couple of simple rules you'll be fine.

1. Guys are just fine without flowers and ribbons. I know that you can put that stuff on a guy's card, but why? Guys don't notice that kind of stuff so why waste your cute stash?

2. Base your card around a masculine color. Guys like things that are obviously meant for guys. Ever notice what the guy's side of the shampoo isle looks like? Black, white, grey or brown with a splash of color just for a punch...and that's it!

3. Just keep it simple. All these rules boil down to a basic principle..simplicity. Trust me, he'll zone in on the fact that you took the time to make him a card but that's it. He won't know that it took you an hour to hand make those delicate roses or that you had to coat the card with three different colors of mists to get the perfect shade. Give yourself some credit and relax!

October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection - Button Box, October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection - Church Social, October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection - Guest Room, October Afternoon - Farmhouse Collection - Farmhouse Word Stickers

Now, on to my card. I dug out some of my October Afternoon scraps (which is taking over my scrap space) and instantly set my eyes on their Button Box paper with the male image above. I cut it out with a pair of scissors and backed it with some corrugated cardboard. For my background papers, I used Church Social and Guest Room with the complimentary colors yellow and blue. Add a couple of cute sticker embellies from their word stickers and viola! Simple and non-frilly, perfect for any guy of any age.

When it came down to an envelope for my card, I started to make one out of plain cardstock until I spotted the brown paper bags that I keep stashed for mini albums. It just happened to be a perfect fit. So I cut off the bottom and ran it through my sewing machine. I think it looks so cute and it reminds me of the old movies where the mothers always 'brown bagged' their children's lunches. I think the envelope is my favorite part!

Hope you all enjoyed this and I hope it helps to get your mojo going. If you haven't already, make sure to click the 'follow this site' button on the right or follow me by email. I promise you won't receive any spam junk from me.



11 comments:

soapHOUSEmama said...

Welcome back!!!! Your card is just the sweetest!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

Glad your back! Super card!

Tammy said...

These are good tips. I often struggle with male cards. Yours turned out great! That's a cool image.

Diana Fisher said...

Such a classic card. Love it!

Margie H said...

Great card and wonderful tips. Definitely stuggle with the male theme....I have three of them at home! Need all the help I can get! LOL!!

Jingle said...

This is a great card!

Tina said...

So glad you are back and I LOVE that envelope!

Kimberly Kett said...

Fantastic Card!!

Jennifer Grace said...

Great card, I love that image! And the envelope is perfect - so fun! x

laura said...

Very good idea with paper sack for card. Super cute.

Penny said...

Great card, and I love your "man" tips, they are so true! Love Penny