Make It Masculine – Father’s Day | Introducing Thanh

Hello, Sweet friends!

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It’s Thanh here with you today and I’m going to show you how easy it is to make masculine cards with Sweet Stamp Shop’s images. I’m going to focus on an upcoming holiday – Father’s Day! But first, I thought I would introduce myself so you get to know the designer behind the cards. I’m in the Metro Vancouver area of Canada and I’m a part of Sweet’s “International Team” to help grow and get Sweet Canadian representation. I’m so excited to be here over the next three months and you can bet that I’m going to try my hardest to show you how creative you can get with these stamps!

To make masculine cards, here are my rules that I follow:

  1. Keep it SIMPLE
  2. Use neutral or earthy colors
  3. Minimal embellishments
  4. Follow a sketch (if needed)
  5. Use humor or wit

Alright, let’s get to it! For my first card, I used Doggy Dog, Hats and Dad’s Tool Box

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This handy pup was inspired by my own dad who is a carpenter and really could be sent to any man in construction! I created the background of this card by placing all the tool images in a row and repeatedly stamping them. That way, I’m creating some dynamic on the card without adding too many layers. I wanted to add some texture to the card and did so by placing an eyelet “screw” above the dog.

For my next card, I used the Dad’s Tool Box (again) and Too Hip sets.

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Too Hip June 7 2014 Post 1 Too Hip June 7 2014 Post 2 Too Hip June 7 2014 Post 3This card is perfect for the trendy and hip papa! Do you recall my simple rules for making masculine cards? I executed this card by using the current Freshly Made Sketch:

I also used fairly neutral colors (had to add in the pop of orange) and I stapled the paper to embellish the “blank spot” on the card.

Do you struggle with making masculine cards? What’s your process? The Sweet sets are very versatile and I hope you’ll take my tips and tricks and use them on your cards! For plenty more inspiration, you can check out the Sweet Stamp Shop Pinterest page. I also have one more Father’s Day card designed specifically for your husband featured on my blog and here’s a a preview of it:

Cheeky June 7 2014 Post 2Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you soon! – Thanh

15 Responses to Make It Masculine – Father’s Day | Introducing Thanh

  1. Such adorable cards!!! Love the little puppy in the hard hat, especially!! Looking forward to seeing you play with these sweet stamps! 😉

  2. heathergw says:

    these are just sooooo awesome!

  3. bearsmother says:

    Great idea to stamp all of the tools.

  4. Hamutal Shafrir says:

    Lovely cards! The “screw” eyelet on the first one is brilliant, and the second card is just so cool. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Yay Thanh! What awesome masculine projects. Those are the ones that I always struggle with! They are all wonderful!

  6. Samantha M says:

    absolutely ADORABLE cards!! loooooove that puppy with the custom background you made!! and the construction hat is so cute on it!! love that it’s totally customized for your dad!! and the hippo card ROCKS! love that hippo with a ‘stache!! ha ha!! your coloring IS TO DIE FOR!

  7. Fabulous projects!! Love your hip hippo! Adorable! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  8. Mary-Anne V. says:

    These cards are wonderful….I just love seeing posts about masculine cards because I find them tricky and I have a lot of male family members (2 sons with hubby, 2 brother-in-laws and a brother) to make cards for. Thanks thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  9. These are all fabulous! I love the hippo with the mustache — very hip! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  10. shartl says:

    Oh my gosh, these are SO darn cute! My favorite is the doggie with the hard hat!

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