Easy Masculine Card!

Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Featured, Greeting Cards, masculine | 13 comments

I love creating an easy masculine card and adding an “interlocking gate fold” keeps it interesting and fun too!  I first came across this idea on Pinterest and loved the sample created by fellow demonstrator, Sara Rayner.  (You can view her original project at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/110901209548748547/)

I chose the Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper and Island Indigo Ink to go with the Wetlands stamp set:

easy masculine card

The “gate fold” is easily created by scoring 2 1/8″ from each side of the Island Indigo cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″).  The Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper is trimmed to 2″ x 5 3/8″ and layered to each side.

The images from the Wetlands set are stamped in Island Indigo on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut with the Banner Framelits (3rd size up from the smallest).  Make sure two of the images have the points going to the right, and the greeting has the points going to the left.  Layer the stamped images to Island Indigo cardstock die-cut with the next size larger in the Banner Framelits and add to the front of the card with Dimensionals.

gate fold card 2a

You can see how the banner elements are staggered so they interlock when closed.  It’s such a fun feature to this otherwise simple and easy masculine card.

gate fold card 3a

The inside panel is Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5 1/4″) and accented with a couple of the images stamped along the bottom leaving plenty of room for a personal message.

I like keeping clean and simple lines for masculine cards and prefer to not “fuss” it up too much.  I think the guys appreciate the less fussy cards too 🙂

If you like step by step instructions, you can watch the video tutorial:

The video also shares some tips using the Magnetic Platform with Stampin’ Up!’s framelits.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and share your favorite video tutorials with your stamping friends – and leave a comment or two while you’re there 😉

Here’s the list of supplies for this project with links to make purchasing online even easier:


Stamps:  Wetlands

Ink:  Island Indigo

Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Banners Framelits, Magnetic Platform, Big Shot, Dimensionals


I actually mistakenly added a project to my April class that we had already created in the March stamp camp – oops!  My customers are so sweet and no one said anything but I’m substituting this project for the duplicate one.  I think they are really going to enjoy creating this easy masculine card with a fun and unexpected fold – don’t you?


  1. Hi Brenda! This is such a beautiful card! Which catalog were the banner dies in? I may have to have them. LOL

    I had to have this stamp set, after seeing one of your cards, with the ocean in the horizon and these little petrel birds along the shore.

    • Hi Paulette! The Banners Framelits are in the Occasions catalog (aka Celebrate the Everyday) and goes through May. If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to help you order it. It is available as a bundle option too with a coordinating stamp set “Perfect Pennants.” Hope that helps 🙂 Also, you have some nice samples on your blog – I hope to watch some of your videos soon!

      • Thanks so much Brenda, I must have flipped past it in my excitement to find it. LOL That’s going to make my last purchases tough. I might have to hold my breath and hope it will flip to the new catalog, since we’re getting down to the wire. I do have a local demo in S.W. Missouri, I wish all of you who inspire me could be my demo. I do subscribe to your YouTube channel and love your videos.

        • No worries, I like to ask just in case 🙂 Stampin’ Up! should release the retirement list this month including any retiring accessories. I would think they would also provide us with a “carryover” list for items what will still be available from the Occasions Catalog. I’ll be sure and post that information on my blog once it’s available. I’m a sucker for banners and love those framelits!

  2. Great card – I’m always looking for ideas for masculine cards and this is so versatile!

    • Thank you Nancy! I’m making a pile of these but changing the colors and papers so I don’t get bored 🙂

  3. Love this card. Thanks for your instructions.

    • You’re welcome Phyllis – let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  4. Loved this card, Brenda. As I did not take this class I am going to try duplicating it at home. Then, I can use the wetlands stamp set. It makes a great masculine card. Thanks, Cindy

    • Thanks Cindy! It’s really easy and a LOT of fun 🙂

  5. Great card–Love it

  6. If you don’t have the Banner framelits, what size do you suggest?

    • You can make your own banners any size with the Triple Banner Punch


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