If you struggle with making masculine cards, I have a fun one for you today!!!!  Problem is, if you don’t have this stamp set, you better grab it quickly as it’s retiring.  Only guaranteed available through May 22nd.  But…..this background is perfect for all sorts of different cards for “those guys!”

Instructions for a great background for masculine cards!

The background looks like DSP–but it’s made using the stamp set called PLAYFUL BACKGROUNDS.  Did you miss this set in the catalog????  It’s on page 121 of the current annual catalog.

Card Recipe for project posted

  • Early Espresso Card Base:  11″ x 4 1/4″ + scrap
  • Early Espresso:  5/8″ x 4″
  • Very Vanilla:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (2 of these–one for the inside)
  • Very Vanilla:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ + scraps
  • Very Vanilla:  1/2″ x 4″
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine

Great color combination for masculine cards!

Great color combination for Masculine backgrounds.

Step by Step Instructions for project posted

First, let’s make the BACKGROUND–we are using the set:  PLAYFUL BACKGROUNDS

  • Use the 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece for background
  • Swipe Crumb Cake ink pad across the front until it is covered–this is a technique called “DIRECT TO PAPER”
  • Stamp “swipe” images from Playful Backgrounds in Soft Suede, Old Olive and Always Artichoke pads randomly all over until it’s filled in and you have the look you like

Instructions for a great background for masculine cards!


  • Stamp elk in Early Espresso on Vanilla scrap and cut out using Layering Ovals Framelits
  • From Early Espresso scrap, cut the scalloped oval
  • Stamp greeting on Very Vanilla strip and cut end into banner.  Adhere to Early Espresso, also end cut into banner
  • Complete card as shown

Instructions for a great background for masculine cards!

Products used on project posted today

Want to make this card?  Here are most of the products used.  Click on any of the pictures to go to the online store to place an order.  The Wilderness Awaits stamp set is retiring.  Order by May 22nd if you really want!

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May is a busy month…..IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • All retiring tools & accessories are only available while supplies last.  Click HERE to view products (many on sale!)
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Get 25 Tutorials for using the products in the Eastern Palace Bundle when you purchase it from Jackie Bolhuis

As always, if you have any questions, or if I can help you with anything, please let me know.  If you are looking for a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to be that person.  I would love to send you a catalog, help you decide what you need, or teach you what you’d like to know.


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Have a stamp happy day. Jackie Bolhuis, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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