Sunday, 23 August 2015

Just Add Ink Card for Males

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to create a card for males. That really is a challenge! So often, my cards for males are 'not' cards: not flowery, not pastel, not beribboned, not with butterflies. They're more like not feminine rather than actually masculine.

Many of the masculine stamp sets that are available are so not the men in my life. My menfolk are just not interested in cars (vintage or modern) or handyman tools or old-style hats or moustaches, as lovely as some of those sets are.

Taking on board a business model, I asked my stakeholder (i.e. my husband) what he wanted in a card. "A golf card," he said. Not surprising, given the amount of time he spends at it but given how many people play golf, I'm surprised at how thin on the ground golf stamps seem to be.

It took some thinking and actually started with my No Bones About It dinosaur set. I looked at the 'have a dino-riffic birthday' and wished it said 'tee-riffic.' That chain of thinking, along with the masculine card challenge, eventually led me to this card....







I couldn't help but take a photo of the card beside the recently earned hole-in-one trophy. I'm not sure whether this happens in other places too but when someone gets a hole-in-one at his golf club, the ball is whisked away and returned the next week as a trophy, engraved with the details of date and hole!

At first, I wasn't entirely sure that the Wild Wasabi polka dot was manly enough but I chose it to echo the dimples in the golf ball and the colour of the greens at the golf course but manned it up a bit by distressing it with Early Espresso.

I made the tee with a surgically altered letter T from the letter thinlit dies. The ball is cut with a circle framelit, embossed with tiny dots and then sponged around the edges with crumb cake to give the illusion of three-dimensionality. The grass stamp I found in a box of Church Fair jumble. I used a marker to pick out the '-rrific' part of the dino-riffic birthday stamp.

Update: Delighted to have this card chosen as the Winner at Just Add Ink.

Ingredients
Card: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi DSP
Stamps: Unknown grass stamp, No Bones About It
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Other: Letters thinlit dies, circle framelit, dimensionals, Early Espresso marker, metal brads, Kaisercraft scrabble letter stickers, Provocraft Swiss Dots embossing folder.

18 comments:

  1. Jan, what a wonderful card for your husband! So clever to use part of the saying from the Dino set and your " surgically altered" Tee and ball look so realistic. This is so creative and I absolutely love it!! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

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  2. Fantastic card - and I so totally agree with you how hard man cards are - I am also the same....can't seem to find the right images or sayings that fit the men around me. Loving your sentiment - it's perfect. Chantell JAI

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    1. Thank you. Glad to hear someone else finds the perfect man card to be as elusive as I do!

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  3. I love your creative thought processes, Jan! This is a fantastic card. I love the story of how it evolved. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week ... see, masculine cards aren't so scary after all!

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  4. Oh my DH would love this card Jan. Fabulously creative and perfect for a golf loving male. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

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  5. You, my dear, should be on SEVERAL design teams! This card is brilliantly designed, thought-out, and executed!! Congratulations to your hubby on the hole-in-one and to you on what, in my book, is a winner of a card!! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thanks Darnell - you're being enthusiastic again! :-)

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  6. Jan I totally enjoyed reading your post and then seeing your clever golf card! Love how you adapted the 'rrfic" for your own purposes. The Wasabi polka dot paper is a perfect fit I can't imagine you could improve on it! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

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    1. Thank you Kim. I enjoyed making it!

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    2. Thank you Kim. I enjoyed making it!

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  7. I love this card Jan! I totally understand when it comes to making male cards! I'm exactly the same. They are not a card if they don't have some sort of embellishment, bling, something pretty! The colours are perfect for your golf card and I love the sponging on the Wild Wasabi layer to make it look more 'manly'. Your play on words is awesome. Thanks for playing along this week at Just Add Ink. Rochelle xo

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  8. I totally agree with you about finding appropriate images for our men, Jan. This fab card sounds perfect for your hole in one champ though. I love your colour & sentiment choices & the sponging makes it look so real. As always, thanks so much for playing with us at JAI.
    Di

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  9. So glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this type of card!! And I think you did a brilliant job with yours, especially how you got the idea for it. Its perfect and I'm sure your husband thought it was too. How fabulous about the hole-in-one idea, that's so cool and a great way to remember a rare occurrence. I should do this with cards that I make that don't get dirty as they are created...that's very rare for me, I'm such a grubby!

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