Handmade Gifts For Guys

Creating paper crafting projects can be fun as well as challenging. The most challenging projects for many crafters to make are masculine designs. Today, the design team is showcasing a lot of new products, but the focus is on mastering masculine designs. I am featuring Craft Brew stamps and dies by Erin Lincoln, Pub Glass dies, Stitched Coaster dies, and Stitched Coaster Square Flair dies. Throughout this post, I will be providing tips on how to overcome the creating masculine projects.

The new stamps and dies will be available for sale on May 15 at 10 pm EST at Papertrey Ink.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

What man doesn’t want to feel like the King among men? Craft Brew has some great sentiments centered around the love of a craft brew. I never knew beer could be so complicated until my husband taught me all he knew.

I designed my card based off of this (very dated – Throwback Thursday) feminine card design. Using the same layout, I want to share how you can be inspired by your own favorite card designs and create a masculine project that you love too.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

I trimmed the patterned paper to replicate the doilies from the inspirational card layout. Doilies are inherently a feminine element to add to projects, so my suggestion for masculine cards is to use patterned papers or a stamped pattern. Additionally, I find that angles and geometric shapes work great for masculine designs as well.

Instead of the scalloped circle embellishment in the center of the card, I used the Pub Glass die to create a masculine focal point. Select an element that would be appealing to a guy. Many men enjoy beer, so Craft Brew stamps and dies were a perfect fit for this card layout. Although it’s not a small circle embellishment, the concept of the layout is to have some element weighted in the center as a focal point.

Although I did not have any machine stitching on my inspirational card, I thought adding faux stitching to this card stepped it up a bit without adding too much frill. The extra burlap strip on the inspirational card adds texture, but with a masculine design, textural elements are a bit limited. So, I suggest using cardstock strips in bold colors. I chose to add a strip of pure poppy cardstock and instead of letting it flow to the edge of the card, I created a pennant at the bottom – another angle that adds a design element without too much frill.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

SuppliesStamps: Craft Brew

Ink: Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow

Cardstock: Soft Stone, Rustic White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy

Patterned Paper: Three Piece Suite

Dies: Craft Brew, Pub Glass

Other: white gel pen

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew + Tucked In: FatherProject by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew + Tucked In: Father

Gift wrap can also be a bit challenging when gifting to guys. So, I thought of a no-frills, no-fuss design that can fit stitched coasters perfectly. The best part is that you only need a sheet of cardstock, scoring tool, scissors, twine, a bit of adhesive, and some sort of embellishment.

I recorded a how-to video so you could see the steps on making this gift wrap too. It’s super easy! Check it out below or click HERE.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Craft Brew + Tucked In: Father

SuppliesStamps: Craft Brew, Tucked In: Father’s Day

Ink: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy

Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Soft Stone

Dies: Limitless Layers: Oval

Other: Pure Poppy Baker’s Twine, white gel pen

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Stitched Coaster Dies + Stitched Coaster Square Flair Dies - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

The handmade gift I created are stitched coasters. I wanted to design something a bit sophisticated. The coasters are something a guy can place his coffee mug, beer bottle, or whiskey glass on. The coasters are meant to be nice – something that will not look out of place in a nice office or home.

The coaster(s) fit comfortably in the gift wrap. I fit two coasters, but I’m sure you could fit a set of four, which I explained in the video.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Stitched Coaster Dies + Stitched Coaster Square Flair Dies - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

The coasters are super easy to stitch. The square flair detail takes a while, but is so worth it. It’s absolutely beautiful. They look like something you could find in World Market or Pier 1 Imports or better yet, while traveling in a foreign country.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink (Stitched Coaster Dies + Stitched Coaster Square Flair Dies - May 2015) #PaperSuite #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk

SuppliesDies: Stitched Coaster, Stitched Coaster Square Flair

Felt: True Black

Other: Metallic Gold DMC floss

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. With Father’s Day approaching, maybe making something for the fathers in your lives will not be as challenging.

Here are some links to check out what the rest of the design team created today!

Nichole Heady

Amy Sheffer

Betsy Veldman

Dawn McVey

Heather Nichols

Laura Bassen

Laurie Willison

Maile Belles

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