Today I want to share a simple handmade masculine card with stamp pad ink refills as the main ingredient. It’s such an easy card you’ll want to make up a bunch like this for all kinds of guy events. Birthday, dad’s day, sympathy, thinking of you…

And since it’s such a versatile technique to add to your toolbox, I also shared this ultra adorable card last week. I think you might agree it has a different look today though.

I LOVE This Simple Handmade Masculine Card made with By the Dock Stamps

In some parts of the world, you refer to your weekend getaway spots as “cottages”. In Northwestern Ontario where I grew up, for us it was “camp”. And camp was one of the best ways to spend weekends. Swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing…if it involved water, us kids were in it and on it in the summer!

So when I saw the By the Dock stamp set in the January to June Mini Catalogue, I knew it was a must-have! It comes as a bundle, but you can achieve absolutely awesome cards with only stamps, ink and paper.

Simple Handmade Masculine Card

I was thinking nostalgia when I designed this card. So I used fairly muted colours so I could achieve an almost vintage look. Let me tell you how to get this kind of vintage feel on your own designs.

Jo’s Technique Tips

  • Use watercolour paper for the best results.
  • Stamp your images in a colour other than black. Here I’ve used Basic Gray.
  • Give the stamps a moment to dry or even better, heat them with your Heat Tool so they will not move too much once you add water. Note that this vintage feel could have some slight blurring for a lovely effect!
  • Pick a selection of different browns through greys for the colour blending. My colours are Gray Granite, Soft Suede and Tuxedo Black (surprise!)

Let’s take a closer look at the watercoloured images.

Watercolour This Simple Handmade Masculine Card with Stamp Pad Ink Refills and An Aqua Painter

Can you see how the dock has some of the darker grey, almost black in key spots? This was my last step. You can either pick up just a smidge of the Tuxedo Black right from your stamp pad to add in these shadowy areas. Or put the tiniest dot onto your acrylic block and then paint with it. Another TIP? This is also a great way to pull together the words stamped in Tuxedo Black and the image itself.

Over to You!

So are you ready to give it a try? I’ve got all the steps to follow here so you can get the exact same results.

Another super thing about this card? Minimal supplies. Here they are for you to add to your own tools.

Simple Handmade Masculine Card with Stamp Pad Ink Refills

Let’s Get Together Soon

I hope you found this project is one that gives you a shot of inspiration. If you take a peek at your stamps, I bet you’ve got lots you can use with this technique.

I LOVE This Simple Handmade Masculine Card Made with Stampin Up By the Dock Stamps and Ink Refills

I love to see your ideas! Drop me a line anytime at [email protected]. And be sure to let me know if you made a simple handmade masculine card with stamp pad ink refills.

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