Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Masculine Valentine's Card

It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in Colorado. We are finally at temperatures on the plus side of the thermometer. We have had a very cold week but it's nice to see the sun shining again.
I hope you and yours are staying warm in this frigid weather.

Thanks for stopping by, for today's project I wanted to work on a Valentine's Day card for my husband but I didn't want to it to be frilly, girly or full of hearts. I sort of wanted to "Man" it up some. 

It's always tough to do masculine theme cards (at least for me) and I wanted to give you a bit of a tutorial for this one.
I went with a Tim Holtz style for this because I just love the grunge look.

I am entering this card into a few challenges too.
Frilly and Funky - They are challenging us to do a Valentine card with no hearts

I used Dark Blue and patterned card stock for my background
I grunted up the cream patterned card stock with my distress tool and edged it with Archival Ink

I then used Tim Holtz movers and shapers die and burgundy card stock to create my globe. I used Tim's warehouse district stamp set (the map) and also archival ink to stamp onto my globe and emboss. I went with Wendy Vecchi's potting soil color. I love, love, love this color

For my background I used stencils and archival ink to decorate

I used Tim's Stampers Anonymous Classic #6 set for the border (stamped and embossed) and colored with distress ink and a water brush

I then cut it out and added it to the top
I cut the XO out of Tim's strip die (Stacked Love) and then stamped onto it and embossed
I also cut the letters out of black card stock and Tim's two strip dies
Vintage Marketplace and Typeset

Here is a photo of my finished card

I added the XO with a brad at the top of the card
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today
Have a wonderful day! Thanks again for stopping by


  1. Wow, Claudine! What a lovely masculine themed Valentine card! You have added tons of interest with the inking, stamping, and distressing techniques. LOVE the addition of the banner as well! Thank you so much for entering the Frilly and Funkie challenge!!

  2. What a wonderful card, Claudine.

  3. WOW! This was such an incredible transformation! Thanks for laying it our for us step-by-step. Your tutorial gave me some great inspiration and you're right: masculine cards can be tricky! You nailed it, though, and I love the color palette, distressing and sentiment. If your husband doesn't love this amazing card, he's crazy and you should give him an extra frilly girly one next year! Glad, too, that the sun is finally shining again in your neck of the woods. I love Colorado and go there as often as I can! It's still raining where I live, but we'll hope the sun makes it here, too! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and this stunning card with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

  4. Love this Claudine. The stencilled background and stamped embellishments are fantastic on this card and I bet your hubby will be thrilled with it. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. WONDERFUL!!! I love the globe...awesome! He will love it!