Us ladies always struggle to know what to make for the men in our lives (in the way of crafting). There is little in the way of inspiration on the net that is specicifically for men unless it’s sport related, or beer etc. Well in scrapbooking, I always go for the sort of colours that my husband wears if it’s a layout about or even if i make a mini album for him as a gift, as he’s not really into sporty, drink or car related themes and frankly… neither am I!
So this is the wedding anniversary card I made for my husband this year and it is technically a “hybrid” card. The hybrid refers to the fact that the main area (photo, greeting and main blue area and outer line(matting)) has been created in Photoshop Elements and printed out onto photo paper.
I then adhered that onto a card blank and added some ribbon, buttons and eyelets. So the colours have a masculine feel to them, but there is no particular theme going on.
If you don’t have a recent picture of the pair of you together, try just putting you and your partner’s separate pictures onto the card, this will “infer” the pair of you are together… trust me.. it works! Especially on mini albums, such as maze books!
The photo on the card here… my 5 year old daughter took this picture using my camera when we were on holiday in July this year.
I made this card for a 50th birthday… for a woman, just in case you were wondering! If you are already a subscriber to the Newsletter you will notice the paper that I have used…? Yes it’s one of the two freebie downloadable papers which I gave away last month as the June Subscriber Freebie! So this is a Hybrid Card.
Here is a close up of some of the detail. The downloadable paper was printed onto 120gsm paper and I inked the back of the paper where it was showing on the Twirl. The ribbon was threaded through the printed paper and then everything was adhered to the card blank, so as to keep the inside of the card free from mess.
Ironically, the flourish tucked behind the twirl is actually a diecut which I re-coloured blue (from white), but it looks more like a stamped image in these photographs!
I did stamp the “Happy Birthday” (part of the SeeD’s collection).
Here is the little butterfly!! I like to use “danglies” (spelling?) for cards. I came across a packet of little metal hearts with “Made with Love” embossed into both sides, which are very sweet, so I have been making use of those too. Packet of about 80… so have a few to go!!
This Kit can be Happy Birthday (or Mothers Day)
When I was at my ScrapBuddies Crop last Saturday, one of the members told me a little story which I found most satisfying in that I was able (even without my knowledge at the time!) to help someone in need!
Apparently, she had already got a card for a work colleague one morning, but had inadvertently left it at home, much to her dismay – there is nothing worse than being prepared and falling at the last hurdle because you left it behind!
However, with a quick mind, she remembered the Free Downloadble Hybrid Card Kit available on the ICanCraftNow.com site!
So she hurriedly printed out a copy of the kit and started cutting and sticking, all before work started and the pupils came in (she is a teacher), and was still able to present a lovely card to her friend at work, Phew!
So you see Hybrid Cardmaking (and even hybrid scrapbooking, if you needed a gift for someone really quickly) can get you out of a dilema!