Grungy, Blokey Starbursts!

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It's no secret that I find masculine cards rather challenging and I happen to know that I'm not alone in this challenge.  

With the plethora of flowers, hearts, butterflies and prettiness available, there's no end to the options for crafting gorgeous girliness, but butch blokeyness requires a little more thought, at least that's what I have always found.

That's what made this particular card even more satisfying to produce - it ticks all the blokey boxes and I absolutely love it!

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion, Gorgeous Grunge, Pennant Parade (retiring), Morning Post Alphabet (retiring) Ink: Soft Suede, Midnight Muse (retiring), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, StazOn Jet Black Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Modern Medley DSP (retiring), Epic Day This and That DSP (retiring) Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Denim Jean Ribbon (retiring), Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion, Gorgeous Grunge, Pennant Parade (retiring), Morning Post Alphabet (retiring) Ink: Soft Suede, Midnight Muse (retiring), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, StazOn Jet Black Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Modern Medley DSP (retiring), Epic Day This and That DSP (retiring) Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Denim Jean Ribbon (retiring), Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hardwood and Gorgeous Grunge provided some awesome masculine texture in the background and the beauty of sets like Starburst Sayings is that they can be utilised for either gender by simply altering the colour selection - in this case, Midnight Muse fit the bill perfectly.

Here are some tips that I try to keep in mind when creating cards for the fellas:

  • Look for stamps that are shapes as opposed to specific images.  They can do double duty just by changing colours
  • Add texture with background stamps, Designer Series Paper, embossing folders etc
  • Search among your stamp sets for unexpected images that can add to the blokey look - the little mustache is part of the A Fitting Occasion stamp set, which I have primarily used for baby and cutesy birthday cards in the past. Another good example of this is the pointing finger image, which is part of the Morning Post Alphabet stamp set (currently 25% off !)

Several of the products used to create this card are on the retiring list, and we're in the final week of the list right now...

Make sure to grab your must haves while you can!  I have separated the Stampin' Supplies listing at the bottom of the post into retiring and carrying over products - hopefully this will assist in determining what you need to act quickly on...

What are your best blokey crafting tips?

Stampin' Supplies - Retiring List

Please note, discounted prices on retiring items not displayed here - discounts will apply in the online store