Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Your Favourite Christmas Colour Combo at Cardz 4 Guyz

We're into December now and as far as Christmas card making goes, on the home straight. Have you made all yours yet? Well here's an incentive to make one more - this week's Cardz 4 Guyz challenge is Your Favourite Christmas Colour Combo. We'd love to see your cards - as long as they are suitable for a male, of course. Why not pop over to Cardz 4 Guyz and see what the other DT members have come up with?

I had to think long and hard - I love so many colour combinations that I don't really have a favourite. But red and white is a classic at Christmas (although I believe we have the Coca Cola company to thank for the colours of Santa's outfit!) and I thought keeping to just those colours would help to give the card a masculine feel. Plus a lot of the top football clubs play in red and white, so it's a colour combo a lot of men are very happy with!

I had some red and white ribbon that went perfectly with my deep red card. Oddly enough on the photo, it appears to be a lot darker than the card. You can see the true colour of the ribbon on the knot just below the greeting.

When using ribbon on a card for men, here are some suggestions to help prevent it looking too feminine:

  • Obviously, choose "manly" colours and styles - nothing printed with pink butterflies, for example!
  • Choose matte rather than shiny, and chunky rather than delicate. Grosgrain works beautifully - organza is very hard to give a masculine appearance to!
  • Knots look less feminine than bows.
  • Keep it simple - straight lines and flat finishes, not frills, pleats and rosettes.
The snowflakes were cut with a Spellbinders set plus a Die-sire die that came free with a magazine. The medium sized one from the Spellbinders set is a real PIG to get out of the die! Even with waxed paper, or wiping the die with an anti static cloth (ie a tumble drier softener sheet) I usually have to have three or four attempts before I manage to get one out intact. The stamp is also a magazine freebie. I decided to finish the snowflakes off with pearls - not a very masculine touch but I thought it made an interesting change from Candi. And anyway, if a man can't get in touch with his feminine side at Christmas, when can he?

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:
The Male Room - Masculine Ribbon 
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - ATG with a twist - Keep It Simple  
Completely Christmas - ATG with a Twist - Something beginning with S (Snowflakes) 
Just Us Girls - Anything Goes  
Winter Wonderland - Dies and Punches


Cheryl said...

Very pretty! Love the crisp look of the red on the white background! A beauty, for sure!
Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

Blossom Cards said...

lovely card thanks for sharing with SBBC Rachel dt

Jacqueline said...

Fab colours and a great use of ribbon - thanks for joining us in TMR this week - Jacqueline xx

Julie B said...

Red and white are my favourite footy colours, but seriously a v masculine Christmas design, great job. :)

Deborah Frings said...

I do like this Christmas card - the ribbon is just perfect. Love the snowflakes. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

Andrea W said...

Fantastic card Jane! The dark red snowflakes look lovely with the pearl accents.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome snowflakes - love the color too - Thanks for joining in with TMR and JUGS!

Chris Dring said...

Love the red and white combo! Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Little K Smith said...

A gorgeously designed card! Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland :)

Kimbo said...

Love the simple colours, very striking x