Sending a birthday card to a family member or friend is an easy way to let him know that you care and are thinking of him on the special day. Homemade cards allow you to make that message even more personal. Homemade cards for women are easier to make because feminine scrapbook papers and embellishments are easier to find than those that are male-friendly. Female cards can be embellished with ribbon and rhinestones, whereas most males may not find a card full of frills and glitter all that appealing. To make male birthday cards, you need to choose embellishments and decorative papers that are more masculine.
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Stamps with floral and other feminine themes are easy to find, and the stamp selections at most craft stores will be dominated by images more feminine in nature. You can still find and use stamps for male cards, however. The month leading up to Father's Day is a good time to shop for more masculine stamps. Look for stamp sets that have images of tools, sporting equipment or just images that are very simple, like stamp sets that have the male figure you usually see on men's rest room doors. Look for birthday stamp sets with images that are more gender-neutral. Cupcakes may work well on female birthday cards, but they may not go over well on a male birthday card. Choose word stamps with simpler fonts when picking out stamps that put greetings on the card.
You will have no problem finding lots of floral, paisley and glittery decorative papers for making female cards. Stay away from papers that have more intricate designs or glitter or are made up of mostly pinks and reds. Choose striped, polka dot, argyle and plaid patterned papers for making male birthday cards. Darker colours will probably work better for an older male's card. Solid coloured papers, when used in layers, also make a good choice. The key is to keep it simple. Use solid coloured paper in different shades of blue, green, brown and black in combination with patterned paper if you feel that the patterned paper could be misinterpreted as feminine. Using these colours will help make it clear that the card is for a man.
Bows tied with ribbon, rhinestones and half pearls are popular embellishments for female birthday cards, but you want to avoid them for male birthday cards. Use these embellishments in more masculine colours, such as blue, if you must use them. Or use brads and eyelets to embellish the card instead. Use these embellishments to hold together the different layers of the card. Wrap ribbon around the paper and tape the ends in the back of the paper to keep it in place, rather than tying a knot or bow on the front of the paper. Don't make the ribbon part of the card's focal point.
Some of the same rules you should follow when selecting paper for a male card should be followed when choosing embossing patterns, if you want to emboss any of the paper. Stick to embossing designs that are made up of straight lines and dots. Simpler designs will work best.