Find out how to give your guy a handmade birthday card he’ll LOVE with these few tips. 

Over the years, I’ve discovered a couple things about guys…and cards! 

Turns out, they’re ALL for getting handmade cards too. And although they’d love to keep us guessing, they’re really easy to please!

This card for instance? I ran it by a few guys…

Give Your Guy a Handmade Birthday Card He'll LOVE
There are lots of ways this is the perfect card for a guy!!

…and these were the things they like the best!

  • colour combo
  • textured card base
  • off-beat card size and
  • a dab of dapper DSP!

Who kenw?

So rather than go all up-town tech and complicated, turns out we can relax a bit!

This one features the He’s All That collection which is,,,ummm…ALL that! 

  • A fabulous stamp set, 
  • some cool specialty die cuts and patterned papers, 
  • oh so manly colours
  • And simple rustic embellishments!
Give Your Guy a Handmade Birthday Card He'll LOVE

Tips to Give Your Guy a Handmade Birthday Card He’ll LOVE

1.Go crazy with your layout (well, maybe not CRAzee!)

I’ve found fellas like a bit of the unique, but not too much. So change up your regular sketches! But still keep it simple. Believe it or not, the simpler, but classy, layouts get the most raves.

The bold strip of black (that’s not quite in the middle of the card) makes a perfect backdrop for the circle and oval focal point. And why not add your DSP so it reaches to the top and bottom, but not the sides? The little strip of Soft Succulent peeking out grounds the entire card.

2. Who says It needs to be a certain size?

Say good-bye to ho hum and try out a totally new card size. Like this oddball square one at 4 1/4” x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4” on the long edge! Bonus that it still fits in a standard sized A2 envelope. No extra postage!

3.Add some “touchy feely”!

Try dry embossing only part of your card. (Actually this whole card front is embossed with the Stripes 3D embossing folder. but the right side gets hidden by the funky DSP.  This works especially well because when you open it up, it’s fully de-bossed! (To see how to emboss your card front without adding another layer, watch this video.)

See that scalloped circle die? There’s a de-bossed circle mark inset in it. Same with the oval! Instant attraction alert! 

Then be sure to layer up the greeting with some dimensionals so it pops up!

4. Colour code it

Keep your colours on the down low. The neutrals in the DSP play nicely with the Soft Succulent so the card is totally cohesive.

Want another idea for those not-so-finicky fellas? Try how to make amazingly simple cards guys will love too!

Give Your Guy a Handmade Birthday Card He'll LOVE
The de-bossed lines on these dies truly make them stand out!

What do you think about the font on the greeting? It’s a bit different isn’t it? But fun!

And even if YOUR guy doesn’t have a moustache, would you still give it to him? Let me know!

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A Challenge for You Card Maker!

If you’re up for a challenge, pull one, two or all of these tips into action on a card – birthday or not – for your fella.

If you’re thinking you want to make one exactly like mine, click here to see everything I used. I love when you save, print or order items from me through my 24-7 online store. Thank you so much for supporting my creative business!

The big take away here?

Try NOT to try so hard next time you make a card design for the men in your life!

Simple does it!

Isn’t that a relief??

Thanks for taking a bit of time to find out a bit more on how to give your guy a handmade birthday card he’ll LOVE – feel free to send me any other ideas you have to jo@designwithjo.ca!