Alright ladies, are you ready to talk about men? Not in a bad way. I'm talking about masculine cards. When I asked for ideas of what you'd like to see posted on my blog, lots of you requested tips on masculine cards. I don't claim to be an expert on this subject at all, but I got some great input from several men who know I stamp and who have received hand stamped cards from me. Their answers may surprise you.
All of the men I talked to agreed that they prefer darker colors over pastel colors. Of course I had to ask...what about using pink on a card? They said it's okay to use pink on a card so long as it's not pastel pink. Make it a darker shade of pink. Stick with dark, rich tones and you should be fine.
Most women tend to think of sports, hunting, outdoors, tools, and cars when it comes to men. You need to remember that not all men are into those things. All of the men agreed that if they're not into football, giving them a card with footballs on it isn't such a good idea. Just because they're a guy doesn't mean they like sports.
So what stamps should you use? Try to use stamps that focus on something they like or something they do for a living. Men tend to pride themselves on what they do for a living. That's how they provide for their loved ones. If you can, make a card using what he does for a living as a theme. If he's a firefighter, a fire truck would be perfect.
If you're not sure what he likes, you can make a generic card where the designer series paper or background stamp is the main design and the sentiment is the only stamped image. Click here and here to see two different examples.
All of the men like brads (I had to chuckle because ALL of them called them grommets) and other metal accents on cards.
- Ribbon--it's fine to wrap ribbon around a card and tie it in a bow....just don't make it too frilly.
- Flowers--I asked the men if it was alright to use a flower stamp set or glue some flowers on a masculine card. They all agreed that if the card is being given to them by their sweetheart, then a few flowers are just fine.
- Lace--I quote, "only put lace on a card if it's naughty!" Click here to see an example.
- Sewing--they all said it was fine.
- Glitter--not so much. Glitter tends to flake off and most men don't want to go around wearing glitter. He'll never live it down. Maybe you could get away with it if you use some glittery embossing powder so it's permanent and doesn't come off. However, your best bet is to not use it.
You can click here to see all of the cards I've made and labeled as masculine. As I said before, I'm not claiming to be an expert on this subject at all. Keep in mind that the opinions I've shared came from a few men in my life. This doesn't mean that the men in your life will feel the same way.
Now I need your help. Ask the men in your life for their opinions about masculine cards. What do they like? What don't they like? What type of stamp sets do they prefer to see? What accessories are fine to use? Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what they say. There are many of us who struggle with this subject and so the more feedback we get the better. I'm looking forward to hearing what they say. As always, thanks for stopping by!