Welcome to my creative space!
Father's Day is just around the corner, and I thought I'd share how to transform delicate and feminine Amazing Grace Die sets into a masculine card for that special father in your life. I know that some makers are challenged to create guy cards, so I hope this helps inspire you to try out a masculine card with Amazing Paper Grace dies if you haven't already.
I've featured the Adoring Fleurette Card Builder set (S5-493) to create this Father's Day card for my sweet husband. By using neutral colors and arranging some industrial steampunk elements around the center you can get a nice masculine feel. I cut the black border frame with the Scalloped Symphony Notecard set (S6-177). The metal embellishments were mostly silver so I rubbed them with art waxes to give them that aged industrial feel.
Be sure to scroll down through the "Tips and Techniques" section below for close-ups and all the details on how to create this masculine Father's Day card.
Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.
Tips and Techniques
Here's a close-up of the center of the card. The scrolled background is die cut in two pieces which gives it a lot of versatility and allows you to vary the width of the card. I wanted to use this black border piece from the Scalloped Symphony Notecard set, but the two background pieces did not fit snugly together to fit the dimension of the black border piece. No problem at all. The emblem piece behind the sentiment covers the gap between the two pieces. Easy peasy fix! Both the scrolled background and the emblem are cut from a beautiful leather print paper for a masculine feel. The edges of the emblem are inked lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink.
The emblem is popped up using foam tape, so that you can tuck some of the other elements underneath. This layering gives beautiful dimension. I rubbed several grungy colors of art wax in both metallic and matte finishes to add an aged industrial metal feel to the metal pieces. The edges of the fabric tape are frayed to add to the vintage look.
This half gear has more of the wax finish on it. For a list of colors used, scroll down to my supply list below. I adore texture, so added some microbeads and prills in black and metallic colors.
The number piece below the sentiment is simply glued in place and adds such a nice touch to balance everything out.
I used foam tape to adhere the light base behind the scrollwork to the black frame piece to pop it up and add more depth and dimension.
One final view. I bet you can tell from my staging pieces that I enjoy designing masculine creations and hope that this excitement is contagious!
Amazing Paper Grace Dies:
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Backdrops Vol 1
- Tim Holtz Core'dinations Cardstock, Neutral
- Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Black Soot
- Finnabair with Prima ~ Metallique Wax: Bronze Age; Aged Brass
- Finnabair with Prima ~ Matte Wax: Rusty Brown; Charcoal Black
- Finnabair with Prima ~ Microbeads, Black
- Finnabair with Prima ~ Soft Matte Gel
- US ArtQuest ~ Prills: Gilt Trip
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Gauge Dials
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Linen Tape: Patchwork
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Industrial Gears
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Mini Plaquetttes
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Adornments: Foundry
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Tiny Clips
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Hex Fasteners
- Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Mini Gears
- Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
- Beacon ~ Fabri-Tac
- Tombow ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
- Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4"
- Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ 3D Foam Squares, Black
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Thin 3D Foam Squares, Black
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape, Black