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Masculine Cards for Level 3 Final of Altenew Educator Program

Hi, everyone! These masculine cards are part of a final project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I held a 2 hr live workshop with 11 people in attendance teaching about these cards. It was so good to see faces from all over the world and to experience the legendary support of our crafting community! We worked hard for the entire time and many of the class participants sent pictures to display what they learned in the class (see the gallery at the end of the post).

Masculine cards have always been a passion of mine. I have 2 boys and a husband that are very particular and have helped shape the way that I design masculine cards. Bold colors, texture, geometrical designs and custom sentiments are my favorite way to create these cards.

I chose the Altenew educator program because of my love of the Altenew products and community. It has always been a goal of mine to join all the wonderful designers at Altenew and this is the first big step. So, let’s get into the designs. I will be creating videos on my YouTube channel on all these cards. The first of this series is live now and I will list the link under the card explanation.

Card #1 Masculine Sympathy Card

Techniques: stencils, embossing paste, coloring embossing paste, heat embossing

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Start with gray card stock cut to 4 x 5.25in

Use the Illusions Hexagons Stencil

Get a small bowl to mix embossing paste

Add embossing paste to the bowl (about half dollar amount)

Add gray denim re-inker drops until light gray color

Apply this light gray to the top 3rd of the stencil

Once satisfied with light gray application, add more re-inker to the mix

When medium gray achieved, apply this color to the middle third of the stencil

Once this is applied, add more of the re-inker to the mix to create your darkest color

Add the darkest color to the bottom 3rd of the card

Set this aside to dry for at least 1 hour

While you are waiting on the drying, you can compose the sentiment. I mixed 2 different stamps sets for this  “Note for You” and “Grape Leaves” stamp sets

Set up the sentiment in a stamp positioner

Add antistatic powder and stamp with Versamark ink

Use Antique Silver embossing powder to complete the sentiment

Cut this sentiment into a rectangle (2 1/4 x 1 3/8in)

Add Metallic thread in silver around the card base

Add foam tape under the rectangle sentiment

Place the sentiment in center over the metallic thread

Back this card with jet black card stock 4.25 x 5.5

Card #2 Hey Dude Card

Techniques: Layered stencils, embossing paste, ink blending, die cutting

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This is my favorite of the cards. I love the bold look! Check the end of the post for the YouTube video on this card.

Start with Bristol Smooth cut to 4.0 x 5.25

  Tear 2 equal strips of masking paper

Apply the masking paper and put down the Color Block Triangle stencil

Ink blend with spotlight effect using Desert Night Ink

Leave the stencil in place and add the Classy Stripes stencil over it

The classy stripes layer is embossing paste mixed with Gray Denim re- inker

After the embossing paste is applied, carefully remove the stencils and the masking paper.

Once dry, die cut 2 of each letter from navy card stock and 2 “hey” from navy card stock

Next die cut 1 set of “hey” and letters “DUDE” from silver card stock Layer the letter to give a silver shadow effect

Glue the letters to the card

Add backing of navy (4.25 x 5.5) to finish off this card

Video on this card:

Card #3 Geometric Clean And Simple

Techniques: clean and simple, adding texture, stamping

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Start with 4 x 5.25 white card base

Use Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Desert Night, Dusk, Snapdragon, Marigold and Fresh Leaf

Get solid large triangle from the Socahtoa Stamp Set and start stamping

Make sure to start with the large triangle – I put 2 of those in this arrangement, Marigold and Dusk

Use Masking tape or level to keep all the stamping straight, if there is a little overlap the sentiment will cover it

Next stamp 3 mid-sized triangles in Desert Night, Fresh Leaf and Snapdragon

Last stamp the smallest triangle in Fresh Leaf and Snapdragon

Next, use the Label Love Stamp set to stamp the sentiment with black ink

Cut this Sentiment out with a paper trimmer leaving no white on the edges

Get some black thread (mine is DMC black floss) and add swirls behind the sentiment to give some texture to the design

Add a strip of foam tape to the back of the sentiment and place in the middle of the design

Last back the white card with Autumn Blaze 4.25 x 5.5

Card #4 Embossed Birthday Card

Techniques: embossing with Stencil, embossing folders, heat embossing

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Start with Navy card stock cut to 4 x 5.25

Place the Color Block stencil over the navy card stock and run through your cutting machine with embossing plates

Next, take a strip of metallic silver paper and put it in the Angled Mosiac embossing folder

Cut this strip to 1.5 x 4 in

Affix this to the embossed navy card stock with adhesive

Next, use Antique Silver Crisp embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment onto navy card stock.

Cut this into a square 2 1/8in. Backer to the sentiment 2 3/8 in (orange)

Last, use a different color card stock to back the sentiment and the card base. I used Autumn Blaze to do this. Card base 4.25 x 5.5

Gallery of Cards Made in Class

Thank you so much for all your support! I have thoroughly loved this journey and am willing to talk to anyone who is interested in the process. I appreciate all these wonderful crafters that participated in my class.


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. These masculine cards are all. so. handsome! Congratulations, Nicki! I was so impressed with your workshop! Everything went very smoothly with the workshop. Your instructions and knowledge truly show that you have what it takes to be an Altenew Educator. Not only did you conduct the class so fabulously, you also had a very good participating rate for the attendees. Your methodical way of teaching is so easy and relaxing for all. I love your clear instructions and design sense! We can’t wait for you to spread the love of Altenew!

    1. Yay! Thank you so much! I am so excited! I appreciate all your kind words and can’t wait to work with Altenew.

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it. I really enjoyed having you participate and seeing you on Zoom!

  2. Well, I would say you nailed it as an instructor as everyone’s cards came out amazing. Great job Nicki! Altenew would be lucky to have you!!! Well done my friend!!

    1. Aww, this may be the sweetest comment I have ever gotten! Thank you so much for all your encouragement. I appreciate it so much!

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