July 8, 2017


Some cardmakers find creating cards with a masculine feel a difficult task to accomplish. If that is a problem that you have, there is a product in the new Stampin' Up! catalog that may make make that problem simply fade away. Check out the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack on page 187.

With four each of 12 different double-sided designs, you are sure to find one that is exactly right for your masculine-flavored card.

 In my card below, doesn't my background look exactly like rustic wood paneling? Even though the wood design I selected does have more of a rustic feel, some of the papers have the look of fine woodworking that are simply delectable and beg to be stroked, only to discover that it's not really wood at all -- it's PAPER!.

 The classic set Lovely As A Tree (page 137) is the perfect complement to the wood panels.

Embossing the tree adds to the elegance, but doesn't take away from the masculinity of the card.

To further the wood concept of the card, I used the Woodland embossing folder (page 211) for the narrow Soft Suede edges of it.

While the die I used to cut the retired sentiment is no longer available, there are many other combinations of die and stamp that would work equally well.

 If you like the look of this card, I invite you to try your hand at one of your own. Check below for the materials list as well as the tutorial for this particular card. As always, feel free to change up any of the components to make it uniquely your own. But, this is meant to serve as a sample.

Lovely As A Tree stamp set
Retired greeting

Soft Suede cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

VersaMark ink

Big Shot
Stitched Shapes Framelits (page 214)
Woodland Embossing Folder
Heat Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy
Black Dots (I used those that I made myself from Enamel Accents)
Striped Ribbon (this particular ribbon is 1 1/4" wide)
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Soft Suede cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Run a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Soft Suede cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Woodland Embossing Folder.

Wrap a piece of 1 1/4" wide striped ribbon around the side edges of the embossed piece about an inch or so from the bottom, taping the edges on the back. Glue this piece to the card base.

Rub a 3" square piece of Very Vanilla cardstock well with the Embossing Buddy. Stamp the tree in VersaMark ink. At the Heat Station, cover the stamped image with black embossing powder, tipping excess powder back into its container. Heat to emboss. 

Die cut the embossed tree with the 2 1/2" Stitched Shapes (circle) Framelit.

Rub a scrap of Soft Suede cardstock well with the Embossing Buddy. Stamp sentiment with VersaMark ink. Repeat the embossing process with black embossing powder. Cut out with the appropriate die.

Space evenly onto a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of black cardstock four 1" x 3" pieces of the woodgrain DSP. Glue the circle flat onto this, while using a few Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the sentiment.

Add three black dots to the right below the sentiment.

Adhere this piece to a 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Attach this to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals at each corner and one in the center.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Share with us whether you find creating masculine cards a problem or not. What little tricks can you share that you use to alleviate the problem?



  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  2. Nice card! Love the wood paper look. Perfect for Father's Day.Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  3. Very nice, looks manly too. Thank you Linda for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I pinned your post on Pinterest and shared it on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

  4. Very nice masculine card! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.