One of the groups to which I belong challenged us to use the same stamp set to make both a masculine and a feminine card. Well, that felt just too easy to me, so I challenged myself a few steps further – use the same colors, paper and layout, too! The stamp sets I chose – yes I chose TWO stamp sets – are new this year: Perfectly Penned for the greeting and Raining Flowers for the floral stamps.
You might be able to tell that I was kind of stuck on what kind of Designer Series Paper that's already in my stash had a prayer of being considered masculine. I decided on one of the designs from the Well Worn set and then I set out to feminize it a bit. I actually gave this card to a friend who needed a get well card this week, and when I wrote my note in it I felt the femininity in the lace and pearls, and a bit in the roughed-up edges.
To make this a bit more masculine, I switched out the pearls for some Crumb Cake Brads and left off the lace. I also just tied a plain knot; substituted Soft Suede for the Not Quite Navy Card Stock, Ribbon and Ink; and left the edges of the Designer Series Paper alone.
So if you've got a limited selection of papers and stamps from which to choose, just a little bit of changing things around can turn a masculine card feminine or the other way around!
The layout of this card is pretty simple. It's a sketch that can work with so many different designs and is pretty stress-free. It's good to be stress-free when you're supposed to be having fun making cards!