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January 9, 2013

Non-Traditional Valentine/Birthday Cards for Men/Boys

Hi, everyone!
This is my second post today. If you are looking for the NEW Catch the Bug HUMOR ME WEDNESDAY post, please scroll down one! :0)
I've been really busy cleaning and organizing my craft room over the past month; it sure seems like a never-ending thing, doesn't it?! I really want to streamline my "Stuff", making it quicker and easier to find. It's all in the hopes that I will become inspired to use it! lol!
While I was cleaning, I came across some cute, science-y paper that I had in my stash. One of my favorite Tiddly Inks images is the Genius image, and I had finally spent some money purchasing it a month ago, but had yet to use it! I knew that the paper would be a great background for him, so I printed two of him out, colored him up, 
and put two cards together. 
I think we can all agree that making masculine Valentine cards can sometimes be a challenge, so I decided to use this adorable image to create two non-traditional Valentine cards: one for my son, and one for my hubby. :0) While I made these specifically for their Valentine cards, they could also be used as Birthday cards. :0)

Here's the first one, a horizontal A2 card:

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I colored him with my Prismacolor pencils. The embellishments are all svg's I made. I added some Stickles to the beakers and test tube to emulate a liquid, but I didn't want it to stand out to much, so I used some Rock Candy and Diamond instead of a color.
The little microscope is layered, and then I did some fine line work with a marker.
The inside of this card reads, " know you mean the world to me". :0)

Here's my second card, a vertical A2:

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This one uses some different embellishes than the first, but they are also svg files I made. 
The outside of both cards read the same, but the inside of this one is different: it reads, "to know you'll always be my #1 son!". My son is my only child, and it's a little joke we have had between us since he was small. He even had a baseball hat when he was a baby that said, "#1 Son" on the front. Haha! Nineteen years later, and I still use the saying with him. lol!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed your visit!
Happy Crafting!

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  1. These are lovely, and will be treasured by your other half and #1 son! I love the colouring with the Prismacolours, and your svgs are really cool! Thanks for joining in with our Valentine theme at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria x

  2. I have always thought that you do AMAZING & CREATIVE work with your cards....I enjoy being able to view them, when new ones come available! My daughter, your niece, enjoys even more when she receives one in the mail from her aunt that is so far away! :( We love you and one day, very soon, will be visiting so my Disser can show her one and only cutie pa-tootie niece on how to make her very own creative card with you.
    ~Love far and near.....
    Disser & Mikayla

  3. I love your card! It's the perfect non-traditional boy's V-day card. Awesome job. TFS.

  4. Cute, thanks for joining us @ Celebrate the Occasion!

  5. he he he he!!! omgosh they are both awesome!! love the border on the bottom one!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the tiddly inks challenge blog
    hugs Lou xxx

  6. How fun. Love the non-traditional look. Valentine cards for the guys are always hard to make, but you nailed it with both cards. Great job.

  7. These are both great fun cards Cheryl,I like the image and the embellishments.
    Kevin xx

  8. I love the first one the moment I saw it and the second which I haven't "touched" is just as much fun and cute as the first. Excellent choice.

  9. Just fantastic love it
    Your Design is fantastic.
    We are so honored you shared it with us.

    The Best of luck in your challenge this week and we hope to see you back next week.
    Hugs Tammy Ortiz - Owner of Tammy Scrapin Corner

  10. Wow this is soooo cute. Love how you have done the same digi but different layout. It's an awesome digi and that DP is just perfect.

    Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

  11. Great masculine cards. I love them. The papers are awesome with the cute little guy and the image is just too too cute. I love it. Love the embellishments you used. Great work. They will so enjoy.

  12. I can't begin to say how much I LOVE both of these cards. Your coloring is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! The backgrounds and embellies totally rock it. Thank you so much for joining us at Tiddly Inks this challenge - I totally adore your post as well. :D I love finding those "hidden" treasures in my own stash. haha

  13. Great masculine valentines card. Well done on a difficult theme to pull off. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. Love both the sentiments, Cheryl! What a great image for a guy card. Love the beakers and test tubes, especially those in red. Fabulous!

  15. These are so great!!! Love the papers. And he is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!! Fantastic card!! Thanks for joining us over at Tammy's Scrapin Corner!! Good luck!! I hope to see you again next week!!

    - Susan, DT @ Tammy's Scrapin Corner

  16. Love it! That image is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner this week.

    Diane Tammy's Scrapin' Corner DT

  17. Wow, i absolutely adore both cards!! The paper, color, design.. all are pretty brilliant! :) Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks!!

  18. Wonderful cards!!! Fun image and fun sentiment!!!
    Thanks for joining CTO this week!

  19. I love the die-cuts you have used with the great image, such a wonderful card! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Boy's Birthday (must use blue)" Challenge :)


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