As I have heard from a number of people on different occasions - cards for men are difficult. This post is designed to inspire your creativity for men's cards. This first card I made a while ago for a 90th birthday:

Masculine Gatefold Card

Masculine Gatefold Card - open

Stamps: Life Definitions (115928), Sincere Saluations (116416), Crazy For Cupcakes (115780). Card/Paper: Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549), Kiwi Kiss DSP (112161). Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Kiwi Kiss (111835). Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker Pen (100071), Whisper White Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348), Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109051). Tools: Daubers (102892), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390).

Last weekend we had a demonstrator training day. As as you know, when demonstrators get together they swap! The theme for the weekend's swaps were masculine cards. Here are my 30 swaps!

Happy Moments Swaps

Happy Moments Masculine Card

Stamps: Happy Moments (SAB 118786). Card/Paper: Kiwi Kiss (), Kiwi Kiss DSP (112161116204), Real Red (106578), Chocolate Chip (108599), Whisper White (106549). Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835), Chocolate Chip (100908), VersaMark (102283). Accessories: Hemp Twine (100982), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Crystal Effects (101055), Kiwi Kiss Ink Refill (111842), Bashful Blue Ink Refill (105221), Real Red Ink Refill (103287). Tools: Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit (106958), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Heat Tool (106586).

The technique I used for this card I gleened from Danielle Daws. First you emboss your image. Then mix Crystal Effects with drops of ink from re-inkers and use a fine brush to colour your image. Once it has dried, the colour is glossy and looks like a ceramic glaze.

Ceramic Glaze Effect

Here are a selection of swaps that I received on the weekend:

Rayleen's Swap

Joanne's Swap

Patrice's Swap

Natasha's Swap

Jackie's Swap

Unknown's Swap

Bev's Swap

Rhonda's Swap

Stephanie's Swap

Katrina's Swap

I hope that this has been inspiring and you enjoy making a card for that special man (or men) in your life.