Stampin’ Up! Masculine Silhouettes

Stampin up pocket silhouettes

I'm so pleased with the wonderful variety of stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog (download available on my right side bar).  However, I have a penchant for both silhouette stamps and sales (15% off 10 stamp sets) . . . so Pocket Silhouettes and Upsy Daisy both made my "must-have" list.

This card is for my nephew who is turning thirty something (I lost count once he reached 18).  He's definitely not a ribbon or felt flower kind of guy.  TIP: To create a masculine card, keep it simple.  Neutral colors are a sure thing (not that you can't use color but there's a little more guesswork).  I chose to work with Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black. 

The card base (4.25 x 5.5) is Kraft card stock and the banner is Basic Black with a layer of Chocolate Chip on top.  To add texture to the Chocolate Chip, it took a ride through my Big Shot.  TIP:  Here's the "magic" sandwich for using a Cuttlebug embossing folder in the Big Shot.  The base is the Big Shot Multi-Purpose Platform, set to Tab 1.  Next is the Cuttlebug embossing folder (in this case Tiny Mosaic) with the card stock inside of it.  Two acrylic mats top things off.  Crank-a-roo!   It worked beautifully.

I stamped the Pocket Silhouettes (now 15% off) stamp (Basic Black ink) on Kraft card stock.  It's cut and embossed using Nestabilities rectangles (and the Big Shot). Chocolate Chip and a long piece of Basic Black card stock provide the background. 

The sentiment is from Upsy Daisy (also 15% off).  It was dipped in Basic Black, stamped on Kraft and popped out with a Key Tag Punch.  The final touch was the "heavy metal" look of Jumbo Eyelets in Pewter.

Check out my "You've Got Male" Category for more masculine card ideas.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Set:  Pocket Silhouettes, Upsy Daisy
Paper:  Kraft, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Basic Black
Cool Tools:  Crop-a-Dile, Key Tag Punch, Big Shot, Nestabilities Rectangles, Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter)


  1. Love this card. Thanks for sharing. It worked out well for me. I did change it up somewhat, but your idea really helped. Love your site. Isn’t the internet a wonderful tool. Thanks

  2. I agree! This card proves it’s possible to make a card that is masculine AND beautiful! I love it, it looks so simple and elegant and yet great for a man. I think it’d work as feminine too though.

  3. Mary – your card is beautiful and perfect for a masculine theme!!!Love it too!!!

  4. Mary this is beautiful! Very masculine indeed! Love it!

  5. Mary, this is a terrific masculine card! the texture and the metal are a great touch!! Blessings!

  6. Neat. I love the brown CS. It looks like the outside of a basketball. Which is great for a guy’s card!!

  7. sandie carter

    This card is great – love the layout. You have convinced me I “needed” that tag punch as I can see it being used heaps especially when I CASE this idea. Thanks for sharing

  8. Colleen Kramer

    Oh I really like this! This is one is definitely going into my favs!

  9. Great card! As I take a break from making girly cards I keep thinking I need to make a “manly” card! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Awesome card Mary, masculine cards are always a challenge for me because I love to put ribbon on everything, LOL.
    Thanks for tthis great idea.

    God bless

  11. Whoda thunk to use a flower stamp set for a masculine card and make it look so lovely? Mary, that’s who! Love it!

  12. Love the Cuttlebug background! I haven’t seen that one before. Super card for a male! I always struggle with masculine cards.

  13. This may be one of my favorite cards ever – what a great job, Mary! LOVE IT! My husband’s off to Denver on Thursday and along with the book and treats I’m throwing in his laptop case, I think I’m going to case this card for a little reminder that his flight will be alright & I love him. FANTASTIC job!!!

  14. I love that card. It truly is a card for a male and sometimes those are hard cards to design for some of us. Thank goodness for Mary. Thanks for helping some of us who are so creative.

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