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Another Thank You Sample–Criss Cross Card

This is another attempt at me making masculine cards. Pinstripes scream MANLY!! LOL. For directions on how to make a Criss Cross card, click here.

I used Close to cocoa card stock for the card, with Chocolate Chip DSP for the front triangles. Around the card, I tied a piece of 1/4″ Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. I am loving the new Modern Label Punch, which I used on Tempting Turquoise card stock, stamped with “Thanks So Much”. This sentiment is from Very Thankful, with just the words inked up in White Craft ink, heat embossed with White EP. The label punch is attached using glue dots.

Inside, I have the Top Note die cut layered on Whisper White. I like the curves and stitching effect of the Top Note peeking out of the criss cross. I’m going to leave this blank for now, but I could see decorating the insert with stamps and/or eyelets/brads. Again, it’s a masculine Thank You Card Sample so I don’t want to get too frilly. I’m exercising a lot of restraint here!

Gate Fold Card

This is a sample Thank You card for a male graduation party. I think masculine cards are really challenging because cards by nature are girly. My general rule of thumb for making a masculine card is no ribbon or glitter. Other than that, paper and ink should be pretty much gender neutral territory.

The Gate Fold Card (tutorial here) is a fun one to make. I started out with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Chocolate Chip card stock scored at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″. The front panels of the card are decorated using Holiday Lounge DSP. To “close” the card, I attached a square of chocolate chip card stock layered with Tempting Turquoise. In the center, I used the Scallop Square Punch and the sentiment from Lots of Thoughts stamped in Chocolate chip ink on Whisper white card stock. The square is adhered with a dimensional on the left flap only.

Inside, I lined the card with Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White, stamping the sentiment from Very Thankful using my TT and CC markers.

Name this card please!

I REALLY like how this turned out! I agonized over the bow–should I leave it off? Big loops/small loops? Should the pieces hang past the pink card stock? This is how it turned out in the end and it’s so pretty if I do say so myself!

The only thing is, what kind of card should this be? An invitation, thank you card, birthday card, shower card, friendship card, or something else? The possibilities are endless and I didn’t want to put a sentiment on it just yet.

This dress form is from Chic Boutique (as if I’ve never used it before!) stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White. The DSP is Chocolate Chip, which I Paper Pieced (see specifics here). I mounted it on a Regal Rose backing, adhered with dimensionals.

And the background–is it not gorgeous? I stamped the filigree image from Chic Boutique all over in Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear EP on Close to Cocoa card stock. The card base is Chocolate chip.

The finishing touch is a bow made from 1/4″ Regal Rose Grosgrain, adhered with tiny glue dots.

So what do you think is the perfect occasion for this classic card?

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