Hello! May is just around the corner which means Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up soon. Today we are celebrating a special card drive to honor these upcoming holidays with lots of inspiration, promotions and giveaways. Don’t forget to scroll down to see all the goodies!

Altenew is hosting its annual Celebrating Parents Card Drive – it is a great cause to participate so you can let those who may need some loving words during these special days that they are not forgotten and are loved. If you would like to send in a card or two or more to join in, please check more details HERE.

To honor this special card drive, I have created a simple card anyone can create for guys in their life. This is also a great technique you can try, if you are making some cards for the card drive. (every card counts and would be appreciated!)

I am a big metallic embossing powder girl, and I wanted to jazz up the ones I have to create a different shade. This can be easily achieve by mixing some of them together. You can see how I created the card in the video tutorial below:


The Best Dad stamp set has some fun images you can use for any masculine card. It is practically a one stop shop for images you would need to create projects for your guys! I love highlighting small elements from a stamp set to get more use out of them, so in today’s card I did exactly that.

I also used some of my favorite blue shades from Altenew’s crisp dye ink colors to create a background for the card. Ink blending is so easy with these inks, as they coordinate with each other perfectly and take out a color guessing game!

I hope you get to take few minutes to create some cards to share your love! Do you have a favorite color or technique to use when creating masculine cards? Share them below in the comment area, I’d love to read them!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, ATN for Altenew, 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. When you purchase any of these three stamps; Best Dad, Best Mom, and Penned Rose, a portion of the profit goes toward a local charity organization in NY. Help support seniors while shopping!

  1. Get today’s featured stamp set on my project at a special price! The Best Dad stamp set is on sale only for a limited time, so make sure to grab yours!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away THREE $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 April 30th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on May 2nd. Good luck!!


Congratulations, Sandy! To claim your prize, please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 6/30/2017 with the subject line Altenew Celebrating Parents Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog.


Next stop on the hop is Kristina Pokazanieva! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. That is a lot of star stamping!!!!! Love your card. I also like metallic embossing. I have never mixed my powers. Good idea. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Love your beautiful card! The colors are awesome! I love to use the same colors of blue that you used when I make masculine cards. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. A wonderful mix of embossing powder and a terrific card. The heads up on the Dad bundle will be in my shopping cart right away. A fabulous bundle and terrific price. Thanks again Altenew for your fabulous products.

  4. This is just so pretty! Love the beautiful ombre background and the clean and simple sentiment to showcase the background.

  5. Love the idea of mixing the metallic embossing powders! I’ll be trying that out soon. Your card is wonderful.

  6. Wonderful masculine card! I love how you used that small stamp to create that fab background.

  7. Really impressive card. Loved how you did it with making your own color of embossing powder. Great video. Thanks.

  8. What a great any occasion card. Loved your video, very helpful. Love the look of your mixed embossing powder, thanks for the hint.

  9. Mixing the powders is something I haven’t done in a long time. I love your card. Thanks for the video.

  10. Love the coloring and stars on this card. It reflects the sentiment so well. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Beautiful card. Love the idea of mixing. Love the cause! If I don’t make it this year, definitely next year.

  12. A really awesome card Nicole. I am always looking for masculine card ideas and I think this is great! Love that you mixed the 2 powders together, a great colour.

  13. amazing one layer wonder! love the monochromatic/metallic look Nicole! thanks for sharing! have a wonderful day!

  14. I don’t make many masculine cards. When I do, I use dark cardstock with a foiled or gold embossed element. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. Masculine cards are often hard to do but I really like this one. Again, Thanks!

  16. Great masculine card. I like the idea of mixing the embossing powders. My favourite colours for masculine cards are blue and green. Actually I like these colours on all kinds of cards, lol.

  17. When I’m creating masculine cards I usually use black and white, wood grain, or something vintage (an old car, truck, etc) Your card is cool, because you could use it for any person, young or old.

  18. I love the simplicity of this one, even though it certainly isn’t simple to produce! I haven’t ever thought about mixing my embossing powders, but now I am going to go try it (as soon as I finish the blog-hop! :-)) Thanks so much for this very fun card with a great message any man would be honored to receive.

  19. I’m not very good at having masculine cards made. I usually go with a grungier look or use tools and paper that looks like wood or brick.
    Thank for the inspiration! Nice card.

  20. Totally in love with this awesome card! I have never met a metallic anything that I didn’t want to get to know better! Add Altenew stamps, dies and inks and I am a happy girl! ❤️ ❤️ love! TFS!

  21. Thanks for sharing your clever idea, your fabulous card, and your great video with all its helpful tips!

  22. I love the mixture of metallic EP you made. Hmmm…I have all 3 of those colors. A very simple card in design although not quick to make! It turned out great. Thanks for sharing

  23. Fabulous card! I love the ombre look and the punch from the embossing, great tip to mix the embossing powder.

  24. BEAUTIFUL card!
    You CAS design is FILLED with AWESOMENESS – the starry combo is FABULOUS and I LOVE IT ALL!

  25. I love the blends of the blue with the metallic stars. I stamp often and sometimes find it difficult to get the right blend of colors.

  26. I love this card.
    For one thing it features blue – my favorite color.
    the second is all of the stars in their different
    Fantastic card.
    thanks for sharing.