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Friday, May 31, 2019

For the Guys ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

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Let's talk cards for guys! Do you make them? Do you find them difficult?

I have three guys in my life that I make cards for regularly. Every time something comes up and I need a card it can be a struggle to put something together. 

As you may know by now I am working through my courses for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. One of the courses required is called For the Guys. Just like the title states these lessons will focus on masculine cards. 

I completed this course just in time to put it into practice because two of my guys have birthdays this week! Here are the cards I came up with.

I do not have a lot of stamps that are really geared toward guys so I chose my inspiration from the lesson using geometric shapes for masculine cards and paired it with some subdued shine.

Both of these cards have the same design and layout. Using a stamp positioner like a Misti or Stamp Platform is a huge help when wanting to mass produce a card design. 

I chose to use the stamps from Altenew called Sohcahtoa and kept things simple by making a one layer design.

For this card I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Lagoon and Silver Stone. I stamped the images multiple times to get a nice coverage of ink. A stamping positioner makes this possible. 

For the striped triangles I used the same Silver Stone Ink but I stamped over the images again with some VersaMark Watermark Ink and sprinkled on some Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I tried to capture the sparkle in the picture. It's not crazy sparkly. It adds just enough for this masculine card. The sentiment was stamped in the same Silver Stone ink and I added a few Enamel Dots that I've had in my stash for who knows how long!

I cut down my panel and added a strip of cardstock along the edge. I wanted a perfect match so I used the Lagoon Ink pad and applied it directly to the paper. I was able to get a perfect match by swiping across my paper a few times. I let it dry a few moments before attaching it to my card with a little Tombow Tape Runner. I chose a nice dark gray cardstock for my card base and popped my panel up using some Fun Foam and Double Sided Adhesive from

For this card I just changed out the inks I used. I chose Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Persian Blue and Permanent Black.

I did switch to a different ink for the striped triangles on this one. I chose to use VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink because of it's sticky quality and covered the images with Black embossing powder. I added a few enamel dots and did the same direct to paper inking techniques as the card above.

The greeting for both cards were from the same Altenew Sohcahtoa stamp set.

So there you have it! Two masculine cards that could easily be mass produced using minimal supplies.

If you struggle with masculine cards, consider taking the For the Guys Class from Altenew. It just may provide you with the inspiration you need!


  1. Both versions are awesome! GREAT placement and positioning of the triangles. I would encourage you to try various placement of triangles and perhaps make them more bold and fun. Your versions are truly well thought-out! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

    1. Thank you for your feed back, Virginia! I appreciate you commenting!

  2. I love your cards! That sparkle though! Looks so cool. Love the placement of the triangles.
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Well done.