Most card makers I know have a tough time making masculine cards. I usually turn to certain color combos, and usually brown is involved. Here, on a card for my father-in-law, I started with a kraft base. Classic, understated, can't go wrong! The little black dress of cardstock colors. ;) I then chose some scraps of Scenic Route paper that I had in my scrap bin - coordinating patterns in similar scale and colors. Melissa Bickford did a great job with her PTI set Men of Life. (It coordinates with all the sentiments in Women of Life, too, so even though there isn't "Happy birthday" in the set Men of Life, you can interchange it from the other set. Brilliant cross-over on Melissa's part!) I love using the sailboat in this set - and changing the sails to match what I'm doing. Here, I pieced in one sail, and stamped the other. So easy and fun. The 'birthday wishes' is from the original Mixed Messages. I have gotten more use out of this set than almost any other! I can't wait to receive the Mega Mixed Messages set - I'm sure it will surpass the original in use on my part in no time flat!
Another trick that I stick with when I'm making masculine cards is using a layout that is clean and strong (just like a good man, right?). There really isn't any need for numerous layers, frilly curves or soft ribbons. Funny story - I once gave a card to a man (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) with a button on it. He asked what the button was buttoning...my reply? "hmm, well, nothing. It's just there." His reply? "Oh." Moral of the story - if it doesn't have a function, consider skipping it; save it for a grateful girlfriend!
I hope this gives you an idea of how you can put together masculine cards in no time flat for your future needs! Be well! (And I always feel this, but hardly ever say it - thanks for taking the time to stop by today!)
(All supplies, except patterned paper, from Papertrey Ink. Patterned paper - Scenic Route.)