Create a Masculine Valentine’s Day Card

With Valentine’s Day just days away, Judy Hayes’ recent “Love You Card” project gives a great example of how artsy folks can approach this romantic little holiday without completely freaking-out our husbands, boyfriends or boy-toys with a flood of pink hearts, red roses or other traditional symbols of Valentine’s Day. I loved Judy’s project and wanted to build on her idea to further demonstrate that using feminine elements that you already have, like Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Flowers and Flourishes die set from Spellbinders, can be combined with manly color palettes and different techniques to create a masculine Valentine’s Day card for that special guy in your life.

Create a Masculine Valentines Day Card using Julianna Hudgins Dies from Spellbinders

With a new guy in my life this year that I’m excited to make a card for, I wanted to dive into this project and create a masculine Valentine’s Day card for him and share it with you today. Flowers and hearts are strong symbols of Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to make sure to still speak to at least one of those things, but put a manly twist on it.

As you’ll notice with this flower, I built it with layers and layers of Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Flowers cut from a variety of earthy brown surfaces to create something that was chunky, sturdy and bold – but not pink and feminine. I used all three of her flower shapes to create this flower-stack, layering surfaces ranging from tissue papers, traditional card stock, canvas, wood veneer and even glitter paper. The careful choice of color and surfaces, combined with the hearty stack itself is what really gives this the guy’s stamp of approval, while still being really representative of the holiday. I topped the flower off with a Spellbinders Media Mixage Circle Bezel filled with some Tigers Eye beads and Ice Resin to hold them all together.

The Masculine Flower on a Masculine Valentines Day Card

The sentiment is another place that can make-or-break a guy’s Valentine’s Day card. Get too mushy, and you may send him running for the hills! But at the same time, a guy still wants to know he’s loved (even though he may never admit it). So, my vote is to go simple with “LOVE” simply spelled out – in this case, using vintage Typewriter Letter Stickers that compliment the overall color scheme and feel of the card.

Adding the Valentines Sentiment to a Masculine Valentines Day Card

For the inside, I left the card blank without any mushy messaging, but a place to write my own personalized note to celebrate the day.

Here’s a list of supplies used to create a masculine Valentine’s Day Card:

Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Flowers and Flourishes Die Set
Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics A Die Set
Spellbinders Cut, Fold and Tuck Pinwheel Delight Die Set
Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsical Flora Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Media Mixage Circle Bezel
Black Cardstock for the card base and cut accent
Pearly White Cardstock for the embossed background layer
Scripted Natural Cotton Paper for outside layer
Craft Cardstock for sentiment strip and inside layer
A Variety of Surfaces for the flower stack (tissue paper, canvas, cardstock, wood veneer, glitter paper, etc)
Brass Brad to hold the flower stack together and secure to the card.
Tigers Eye Beads for the flower center
Ice Resin to secure the beads in the bezel
Typewriter Stickers for the sentiment
E-6000 to adhere the bezel to the flower
Double-sided tape to adhere the paper layers together
Amaretto and Midnight Confessions Chalking Inks to distress the layers

I hope my new Valentine enjoys his card – I’m really looking forward to our first Valentine’s Day together.  And, hopefully I’ve given you some inspiration to create a masculine Valentine’s Day card of your own! Thanks for stopping by!

Make heads turn….every day!
Jeremy


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