Simple Masculine Card With or Without Gorgeous Grunge

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Those little triangles are the “remains” of snipping some flagged ends (for another card you’ll see soon).  I love being able to repurpose the little bits and pieces of patterned paper (Etcetera Designer Series Paper).  Triangles provide snappy paper crafting “architecture.”

Stampin up stampinup it stamp pretty order demonstrator card idea gorgeous grunge masculine tutorial mary fish
My first version uses the Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  The “grunge” images are very “hot” right now and delightful to layer and play with.  I stamped off (stamped on another piece of paper first before stamping on the card stock) to soften and layer the images.

Stampin up stampinup it stamp pretty order demonstrator cards idea gorgeous grunge masculine tutorial mary fish
I first experimented on a piece of scratch paper to practice how I would lay out the images.

Stampin up stampinup it stamp pretty order demonstrators card idea gorgeous grunge masculine tutorial mary fish
The second card has a cleaner look but the simplicity is still spot on for a masculine card.  A Neutrals Designer Button and a touch of Natural Linen Thread add a quick and simple embellishment.

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Stamp Set:  Gorgeous Grunge (Wood-Mount 130514, Clear-Mount 130517), A Dozen Thoughts (Wood-Mount 131056, Clear-Mount 131059)
Paper:  Etcetera Designer Series Paper (130129), Crumb Cake (120953), Night of Navy (100867), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Crumb Cake (126975), Night of Navy (126970)
Cool Tools:  Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Regals Candy Dots (130932), Neutrals Designer Buttons (130031), Natural Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)


Gorgeous Grunge


  1. Love this card Mary! This is one of my favorite new stamp sets and I love making masculine cards (I have 3 boys). Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I just couldn’t spare a smidgeon of that pretty Etcetera paper! The triangles fell neatly into the concept for today’s cards! Thanks!

  3. Bravo to you Mary for using the triangle scraps to make a fabulous masculine card! You are so creative!

  4. nancy littrell

    I especially LOVE your Grunge version. My favorite new stamp set…right now! TFS

  5. They’re both great but I love the grunge one best!

  6. Super masculine cards!

  7. very cool!

  8. Great way to use those scraps and the card is really nice! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  9. Really cool. Who would have thought? Thanks for sharing Mary.

  10. Nancy Farrell

    You make grunge look great! Will definitely re-think that one.

  11. Beautiful cards Mary. The grunge is my favorite. I’m not really a clean and simple card maker and the grunge adds just enough pizzazz. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Gorgeous Grunge didn’t catch my eye the first time I saw it in the new catalog but now, after seeing this set used several times, it’s growing on me for sure. I love the splatters and the horizontal lines the best. Your cards are fabulous Mary, thanks for showing this truly cool stamp set on one of your super cool creations.

  13. Wow! I love the Gorgeous Grunge version of your card. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love the grunge version more 😉 This set is on my desk permanently at the moment – cannot create anything without gorgeous grunging it! Lisa

  15. Michelle Gleeson

    The gorgeous grunge is my favorite. I need to stamp off when stampin more to gain this softer pigment look. Great inspiration today Mary. Thank you.

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