Making a homemade card for a woman, be it your mother, daughter or best friend, is pretty simple. Since most crafts are aimed at women, it's easy to find stickers, stamps and appliqués of flowers, butterflies, and pretty shoes. But what if you need to make a homemade card for your husband, father, boyfriend or brother? Fortunately, it's possible to come up with a card that will satisfy your creative impulses while remaining masculine enough for the men in your life.
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Stamp a Masculine Sentiment
Use your stamping and embossing tools to make a card out of plain white card stock, but choose a masculine sentiment rather than a "girlie" one. Keep the colour scheme simple. Use geometric embellishments rather than floral ones for a more masculine feel.
Make a Coupon Book
Instead of a simple card, make your boyfriend or husband a homemade booklet of coupons he can tear out and redeem as he chooses. Each coupon can be handwritten, printed, stamped, or created any way you choose. You can even present him a booklet of pictures or photos and let him figure out what each one stands for. Give him coupons for kisses, dance lessons, movie dates or weekend getaways. Use your imagination!
Use your computer to make a photo collage card. Photos of your times together will make this a special card to keep and treasure. Use baby and childhood photos for a birthday card for your son or brother, or photos from special occasions for your husband or boyfriend. If you have a special gift planned to go along with the card, or a special trip coming up to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, consider making the collage out of photos of the gift or destination as a hint for what's coming.
Use Typical Masculine Designs and Themes
Not every man devotes his free time to football, golf or cars, but these themes might make men feel a little more comfortable about receiving a handmade card. Pick the theme that represents the men in your life the best, and collect stickers, stamps and photos to best portray the images that will make them smile.
Make a movie-themed card for the man in your life, focusing on images from his favourite masculine movies. Whether he's a fan of James Bond or the "Jackass" movies, you can find images from his favourites online. Print iconic images from his top movies, making sure they're all the same size. Create a frame to fit around them so they look like frames from a movie. Glue the whole creation onto card stock, adding your own special movie-themed message inside. Attach the card to a DVD of the movie you chose the images from to make the package complete.
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