I love to use flowers and girly things on my cards and projects, but sometimes I want something more masculine, especially if it's for my husband. I find that a great substitute for flowers are gears, and there are so many varieties out there in chipboard, acrylic, stamps, stickers, and punches. So here is a card I made for his birthday this year.
I am loving paint splatter right now, I seem to be using them in just about every project, but they really add to the dimension and depth to your paper for very little effort and cost. I then on top of the splatters used some of Susan K. Weckesser stamps around the edges and borders of the card for more dimension and texture. I kept to earth tone colors for a rustic look, I felt that it just added to the masculine feel.
I was not happy with any of the alpha letters I had on hand, they were not the correct size, wrong color, wrong font, etc. So I took something that I like the size and font and altered the color. These were foam "Thickers" in grey. I pressed my distress ink by Ranger in a dark brown on top to give it a darker look and distress the letters a bit.
Here you can see some of Susan K. Weckesser stamps up close. I used the "banner" and the "create your day" stamps.
I love Susan K. Weckesser papers. The a fun, flirty, and whimsical. I took a small section of one of her papers to make these banners.
Play with your stamps and inks. You can get such wonderful results by layering and just letting your project go where it needs to go.
Papers - Susan. K Weckesser and Core'dinations
Stickers - Glitz and American Crafts
Ink and stain - Ranger
Stamps - Susan K. Weckesser
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments
Twine - May Arts Ribbon
Staples - Ranger