Saturday, June 5, 2021

~ Friends of Unity June 2021 Blog Hop ~

  Hello there crafty friend!
Welcome to our June 2021 Friends of Unity Blog Hop!! Where has the time gone?? I can't believe it's already June!! Our cue this month is...

... Masculine cards!!! 

Masculine cards can be hard to make... I struggle sometimes with what colors to use and what about embellishments?! Ribbons? Buttons? Brads? Twine? What to use, what not to use!?!? I know I am not alone in this struggle... thank goodness!

So my first card is my go-to... classic black & kraft! Can't go wrong with this combo for a masculine card! I used the must have Favorite Dad stamp to create a background. I did a little first and second generation stamping for the background... if you're not familiar with those terms, that means I stamped the image once for the first generation and then stamped it again without reinking the stamp for the second generation. I did that technique with Memento Tuxedo black ink and my Stamp Platform.

I then stamped the Good Ol' Days stamp and the Happy Father's Day sentiment, also with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Kraft card stock. I die cut the background with a large stitched rectangle die and then die cut the car with a smaller stitched rectangle die. I mat the background with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" True Black card front and then adhered the panel to a white A2 top fold card base. I trimmed the die cut Good Ol' Days car and then mat it on True Black card stock, as well. I adhered the car to the card and then trimmed and mat the sentiment with True Black card stock. I added a couple scraps of card stock under the 'Happy' portion of the the sentiment so it would be level on the card. Done. 

I'm entering my first card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Masculine.

My second card is a punny card... another kind of card that works for the guys! I have been on a mission to ink up those stamps that I just HAD to HAVE but still haven't inked up... and this is one of those stamps! These potatoes from the PUN Potato, Fry {and beans} stamp set are awesome! So fun and they are perfect for my anniversary card for my husband.

I added a bit of texture to the card using a Woodgrain Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink and to play off of the sentiment I used some campfire paper from the Pink Lemonade paper pack by The Paper Studio. I colored up the potatoes with the following Copic markers ~ E30, E33, E37, E51. I die cut the potatoes with a circle die from the Stitched Circle Stacklets from Taylored Expressions. I stamped and trimmed the sentiment and then added a couple layers of scraps under the sentiment to make it level and adhered it to the card. Done.

And my last card is a CAS card... another go-to for the guy cards!! I used the picnic paper from the same paper pad I used for the potato card... Pink Lemonade by The Paper Studio. I also used the Woodgrain Impression Plate again for this one. BUT I used the fun new release Barbecue King by Graciellie Design, available in red rubber at Unity, and...

The fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #488. I flipped the sketch on the side for my card.

Here's a list of the Copic markers I used for this card:

Hot Dogs ~ E08, E09, E11, Colorless Blender
Burgers ~ E08, E09, E11, E27
Charcoal ~ Y06, YR15, YR68, R05, N0, N1, N4, N6, N8
Grill ~ E55, E57, N1, N4, N8

Well, that's it for me this time. Be sure to hop along with the rest of the Friends of Unity for even more Masculine card inspiration! And I'm sure some of my friends are having giveaways so be sure to comment on each of our blogs as you hop along!

Let's get to the hopping...

Crystal <--- you're here

up next ---> Colleen

Thanks so much for supporting our little hop!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,

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  1. Love the first card. Thank you for the ideas.

  2. These are fantastic
    cards! Great for the
    Carla from Arizona

  3. Oh yes, I struggle with the masculine cards. You'd think I'd be a pro at it, having 6 nephews, but I'm not. And it's even harder now that they're all young men! Ugh! Yours are all perfect. I love the one with the table top grill. I won a grill image stamp from Unity and will use it for the hubby's Father's Day card. :-)

    1. Thank you! I hope you share what you create... I'd love to see it!

  4. Great cards Crystal, I really love the first one

  5. Very cool cards! The car is definitely my favorite.

  6. Such great cards Crystal! Love the second generation stamping on the first Father's Day card! I haven't done that in a long time!! So many techniques so little time!!

  7. Boy do I love the black on Kraft without a bit of color!!!! I struggle with coloring a lot and that I will remember! Perfect for when my mood says nope...and I just stop and forget it! Good luck with SSS, hopefully I can find out how to vote for you, love it so much!!

  8. Marisela Delgado said: So beautiful!

  9. Love all the fantastic masculine cards! I love the new barbecue one. It is awesome and the red hot charcoal is so cool!

  10. You nailed these cards. All just absolutely amazing.

  11. What a great theme for this month's hop! All 3 of your cards hit the mark perfectly. Thanks for all of the ideas here!

  12. Both cards are amazing but that 2nd one cracked me up!!!!

  13. All great cards and all very different. I love your 'punny' potato card for your hubby! Too cute!

  14. All of your cards are fabulous, but that first one is a classic. I just adore the black on kraft and that car-OMG! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Really fabulous cards, Crystal!! The first one is my most favorite!! Love that grill tho! :)
    and...You're a Hot potato!! ;) winkwink

  16. What a fantastic set of cards! I love them all! I do love that grill with the burgers and dogs! Too perfect for Father's Day! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  17. Great set of cards! Love the texture and patterns you pulled into the grill card. Thanks for playing along with us at FMS.

  18. These cards are all perfect for dads! Can't go wrong with grilling and cards! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  19. I love your first card using Kraft cardstock and combining two masculine stamp sets from Unity. Great cards for great inspiring.

  20. These are all awesome. Guy cards are definitely often a struggle for me. I especially love your black on kraft - perfect!

  21. These are really great cards! I love the fiery charcoal; so realistic!

  22. Wow, I love all these cards, with such different techniques. The first one is a real classic, the second is hilarious, and I can smell the yummy BBQ on the third. So happy to see some cards for guys.

  23. Fabulous and fun masculine card designs.

  24. Lol, these are just cracking me up! LOVE the hot potato one and the grill...yum!

  25. Awesome cards! The hot potato card really mdae me laugh!

  26. Love the cards. Since my father passed away, I haven't made any Father's day cards.


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