Masculine cards seem to intimidate many of us, but I find that they can be simplified if we take one layer at a time. In my process of building masculine backgrounds I tackle them by first coming up with a color scheme, and then I think about texture. The easiest way in my opinion to obtain both is through layers of ink blending. For this card I incorporate the layers of color by stamping and stenciling creating the illusion of texture and dimension creating a one of a kind background.

To start this card, I applied three Color Hive inks in the colors of Frappe, Flat White and Fog to the Distressed Plaid stamp and softened the ink with a blending brush. Next I blended Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink through the En Paris stencil to cover the entire card front panel. Once that was complete, Flat White was blended over the panel to create a vignette.

The Find Your Compass Die was cut out using Eclipse Black Cardstock and then Embossing Glue ink and gold embossing powder were added to its edges to add more texture to this masculine design. Before adhering it to the front of the card, I stamped the sentiment from On Track and distressed the edges. A brushed gold cardstock layer mats the panel and is then adhered to an Eclipse Black Cardstock A2 base. This was a very quick and easy card to make and I hope you will give it a try or a similar design!

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