Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OWH Mid-Week Throwdown - Masculine Cards

Operation Write Home is always in need of masculine cards.  Since I am not a girly girl, these are a little easier for me than some of their other challenges.

When I make cards, I often make more than one of a particular style.  I see the cards improving with each version.

So, here is the evolution of a masculine card.  Inside of all of the cards is the sentiment, "Thought you could use a little pickup".

I started with this one:

OK, but I think the truck is a little too big.  The black background paper was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and lightly distressed, and accented with the larger silver brads. 

Round 2:
Still not loving it.  Like having more of the background showing, but still not right.  Maybe a different background paper?  More embellishments?

Round 3:

Better, but the ribbon blended in too much.  Don't like the smaller brads, either.

Round 4:
Oh, yes, this is MUCH better!!  Love how the brown and blue ribbon complements the background paper.  But I wonder if it would look better with a blue background?

Round 5:
I like this one, too!

Striped paper from Cloud 9, blue solid ribbon is SU, brown and blue ribbon from Adornments.  Stamp is SU Loads of Love. 


  1. Thanks for showing us all your different versions of this card. It's nice to read about your thought process while making the changes.

  2. I think that they are all fine and anyone will be delighted to receive each and every one of them. Great job and my hat's off to you and your patience in card making.

  3. I like all of them to be honest! All fab! xx

  4. I hope you decide to send all of them to OWH. Each of them is great. I really love your clever sentiment!

  5. Really like the way your cards evolved-- and all of them make nice masculine cards!

  6. This is a great idea! Thanks for showing us each and every card! I liked the first cards---until I saw Round 4 which is my favorite. The black foreground is so stark, and the blues in Round 4 & 5 is more better ;)

  7. They are all great but I agree, the progression gets better and better! Great job! I have seen my cardmaking improve SO much since I've started making cards. Keep at it!

  8. I love your creative process in making improvements, but I actually like the first & 2nd cards the most! I love the diamond plate embossing and black & silver always look great together! NJ on them all!