Happy Tuesday! I have prepared a couple of masculine cards to share with you today, in celebration of a brand-new release by Altenew! There are so many wonderful products, you surely do not want to miss any of them. I also have giveaways, so please stay tuned till the end of the blog post!

Masculine cards seem to be a hard one to create for many of us, but they don’t have to be! All you need is a simplified way of bringing in those elements to your projects easily, for example choosing a design or colors.

Altenew just released a wonderful set of new stamps, dies, and wait for it – 16 awesome ink colors!! I am so loving these sets, they are the perfect addition to the current ink colors from Altenew. Three of these new 4 sets of the color families can be easily used for masculine cards. So I decided to use 2 of them on today’s projects.

I took the Wild Fern stamp set and created a quick background with multiple layers on it. This stamp set features fine lines that showcase the details of the ferns, and the brand new inks are just perfect for these images. Green Valley oval set is the color I chose for this card to be paired with the Wild Fern stamp set.

I wanted to offset the background with some metallic texture, so I chose the Antique Gold Metallic Shimmer Spray and splattered few times to get drops and added a different element to the card.

Since the background has lots of details, I decided to go with a simple yet bold sentiment on the project. The Super Script stamp and die are one of my favorite sets to reach out for when wanting this effect. I stamped it with Jet Black ink, and die cut the sentiment few times to stack on top of each other for a quick dimension. I also stamped a partial sentiment directly to the background panel for some variations.

For the second card, I went for a super classic and gentleman feel. I actually had my dad in mind when creating this, as his birthday is approaching quickly. I really really love the Gentleman’s Gray color set from this release – these are truly an awesome cool gray tones anyone MUST have on their ink collection!

I used the stamp set for the background, just chose a different fern. Since these are 3 layering images, I omitted the lightest color from the color family and went with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th color to layer these stamps. The first card also had only three colors from the Green Valley set.

For metallic splatter, I chose the Antique Silver Metallic Shimmer for a tone-to-tone effect. For the greeting, I used Desert Night ink pad and did the same dimensional sentiment technique as I did on the first card above. It just pops out the sentiment so nicely while keeping the whole card simple and clean.

I hope you enjoyed both of these cards! Which one do you prefer out of these two? Also, what are some of your favorite items from this release? Favorite color family?? Comment below and share your picks with me, id LOVE to know your choices! (You will also be automatically entered into a giveaway!)


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away SIX $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by November 17th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 18th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Lori! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 11/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew November 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


I am participating in a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop is Isha! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Thanks for this post, Nicole! I struggle with creating masculine cards and I have friends requesting them. This post was very helpful!

  2. I love the masculine card! So many men here, and so many floral type stamps. Love the Wild Ferns!

  3. I love both of your cards!! The traditions green wild fern, beautiful, but that tone on tone effect with the silver and greys really caught my eye right from the start. Stunning! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    • Congrats, Lori! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 11/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew November 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!

  4. Wonderful, both card are perfect for the masculine cards. I love the sliver tone-on-tone, perfect. Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas.

  5. Love this wonderful layered cards Nicole! Thanks for the inspiration as always, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

  6. I really like the gray stamping you did on the second card. I don’t often think about using gray for floral images, but it works super well!

  7. I love all your projects and the fact that they are masculine cards is so great. Thanks for your inspiration!

  8. That wild fern stamp set is beautiful. I never would have thought to use grays but it looks so elegant. Thank you for the inspiration.

  9. Fantastic cards. I have such a hard time making masculine cards.
    Thanks so much for your inspiration!

  10. I am always looking for ideas for masculine cards. Using the wild ferns set, especially with the gray tones is a great idea. Thanks so much for the inspiration you provide!

  11. Hello there Nichole! I’m so glad I found your blog. Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and allowing us to be inspired through all you do. These masculine cards are so pretty, I specially loved the gray toned fern card. Much love

  12. Thank you Nicole for sharing your beautiful cards…..I am so loving this great release from Altenew….Off to the next blog..hop hop hop

  13. I love both of these beautiful cards, but I am really drawn to the one in shades of gray. That is such a fantastic masculine card, your dad is sure to love it!

  14. I love the celebrate card! I think it’s the colour palette that draws me in! loving this release! my favourite so far is the confetti stamp and the envelope stickers and…ok, I love it all!

  15. I love the new Wild Fern stamp set. It does make a very masculine card but also can enhance a feminine card that is stamped with florals also. You card examples are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards suitable for men. Masculine cards are always the hardest ones for me and i love to see great ideas like these.

  17. The ferns are the perfect backdrop for the superscript sentiment. I can’t pick a favorite color set, I love them all! Excellent masculine cards. Maybe add a flamingo to the first card and it could be a feminine card? So many options! Thanks for sharing Nicole.

  18. Thank you Nicole for the wonderful inspiration. Masculine cards are always a challenge but your cards using the Wild Ferns stamp are perfect.

  19. Great idea on the masculine card. Its not easy sometimes… I like the gray color scheme, also a creative design.

  20. Both cards are wonderful, but my choice for a masculine card to s the one using Gentlemans Grey Inks.

  21. I really love the grey colors! They are elegant and masculine, but they can be used for so many things.. so versitile. I really LOVE the ferns as well. I can see so many uses for the ferns as backgrounds or as just a single leaf or even a few in clear or shining embossing with some other embellishment. Thanks for the inspiration….Cannot wait to get some of the new release!

  22. Beautiful cards, love the ferns. And love how you used them for masculine cards. Probably the ones I struggle most with. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

  23. I’m always looking for ideas for masculine cards, and you’ve given me some great possibilities. The Wild Fern set is perfect.

  24. I love both of your cards! I didn’t think about doing the ferns in gray tones, but I really like it! I love all the new colors and stamps!

  25. I love all the beautiful things that you have created from this wonderful collection! Such a wonderful source of inspiration. Thank you.

  26. Beautiful cards. It is always nice to masculine but still lovely cards. The gray card is definitely my favorite.

  27. These are so beautiful. I love the use of the greys in flora arrangements, and I need to remember to do that more often. Thanks for sharing with us!

  28. What a fabulous release! I absolutely love the engraved flowers and handpicked bouquet stamp sets & the leaf medallion die! Your cards are gorgeous!

  29. Gorgeous cards! I love it in gray!
    The Engraved Flowers set and the dandelion set are my favorites!