Cards for Boys and Men

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. This is my first post of the New Year! I know many of us who are card makers want to try to send more cards this year, and for many of us, making cards for boys and men is one of our hardest tasks.

I want to share with you some tips for making cards for the men in your life!

When designing for guys, I still like to make cards that are visually interesting. I do not think that I need to make plain cards just because the cards are “for the boys.” I want to create cards with layers, embellishments, and trims, the same way I do for the feminine-themed cards that I make.

My first step in creating cards for the guys is to find (or create) a sketch or a layout on which to base the card. Then, I will choose the color scheme. I stick to neutrals and rich, bold tones. I use the colors found in a gentleman’s library or sports club.

If the sketch calls for flowers or ribbon, I will instead reach for gears, buttons, and twine. Metal items also work well for masculine-themed cards. I try to avoid frilly items such as flowers, lace, beads, and other “glitz.”

I stick to masculine images such as sports, boats, vintage cars, and other rustic items. For younger boys I find animals, cute monsters, and circus images work well.

Once you get the hang of crafting for men and boys, it becomes easy. Keep a supply of metal embellishments, buttons, twine, natural fibers and ribbons on hand. Look for rich colors and textures when shopping for paper and cardstock. You will soon have a stack of manly cards in your card stash!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (