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Cards for Guys | Altenew Academy

Updated: May 6

Hello friends, I am finally back with me Altenew Academy classes. This post is for the final challenge for the Altenew Level 2 course. The challenge was to make guy cards using techniques learnt from the classes. I chose Beyond Basic Backgrounds, With A Twist and Magical Marker Techniques. This is a long post today as I have so much to share on how I created these card, so I am going to keep my rant to a minimal and dive right into card making.


Making guy cards has always been a challenge mainly because I am always drawn towards floral images and coloring them with pretty colors. When it comes to guy cards its about simplicity and minimalistic design, both of which are not my forte. These classes from Altenew Academy have helped to see beyond my handicap and thrive. The challenge for this final class was to create 4 cards with different themes also one of the cards hat to be up-cycled.



Encouragement card:


For this card I was inspired by the With A Twist class where Therese talks about making things a bit unexpected. Usually when we see lined images we think of coloring. But instead of coloring using colored card stock makes it easier. For this card here I used the weights stamp from Altenew's Best Dad stamp set to emboss with white embossing powder on different shades of blue card stock.

  • Start by embossing the sentiment on a black card stock using white embossing powder. Cut it into a label and adhered using foam tapes somewhere towards the right center. placing the sentiment strip will help to position the fussy cut weights .

  • Stamp and emboss the weight stamp multiple times on different shades of blue card stock and fussy cut them using a scissor. I also stamped this image on a red card stock and only fussy cut the heart from it.

  • Adhere the fussy cut weights using foam tapes on a gray panel and adhered the red heart to one of the weights.

  • Finish the card by adhering this gray panel onto a top folding white notecard.

Upcycled Missing You Card:

As I mentioned earlier one of the challenges was to use an older card and upcycle it, The technique I chose for this card was from the Magical Marker class where Sara does a brayer technique using alcohol markers. She scribbles the marker on to an acetate, spritzs it with rubbing alcohol and runs the brayer through it and transfers the ink to her project. I did exactly the same thing to create a blue background fo my otherwise very simple cards. Below you can see the original card that I had created. As you can see it was very clean and simple mostly white card.

I die cut the frame using the coordinating rectangle die from the Geo Frames stamp and die set. Adhere this frame using foam tape to the blue brayer panel. The wood star embellishment that I added was also colored usng black markers. This was another trick that Sara taught in her class on how to customize your embellishemnts. I mounted this brayerd panel onto a side folding gray notecard .

Thank You Card


This card was inspired by the Beyond Basic Background class, perfect spacing lesson. Lydia had a very easy technique to create a background with perfect spacing and that was tp create a grid to use as a guise for stamping your images. I used the triangles from the Dot Art Stamp set to create my background.

  • Start by drawing a diagonal grid using a very light pencil. The spacing between the lines should be a little wider that the stamp you plan to use. Once you have the grid ready stamp the image on every rousing lines as shown in the image above.

  • Use various shades of gray inks to create the triangle background, I used the Gentleman's Gray oval set. I also used the outline small triangle from the same stamp set to stamp and emboss using a silver embossing powder on some of the solid triangles.

  • Stamp the wooden crate and the things in it fro the Best Dad set using Jet Black ink on a alcohol friendly cardstock and color using Altenew Alcohol Markers,

  • Fussy cut the images, cut a slit in the wooden crate and fill it with the other image to give it the appearance that they are inside the crate. Adhere this to the background panel.

  • Stamp and emboss the sentiment on a black card stock using white embossing powder and adhere it to the bottom of the image cluster. Mount this panel on to a top folding white note card.

Anniversary Card

This card was a lot of fun to make. I took inspiration from all the three classes I chose fot=r this challenge to make this card,. For the background I used the Cube Builder stencil which I colored using Alcohol Markers. The alcohol markers gave a stray look to the cubes and that asset the rustic feel goths card. This is also a see through shaker card which was a lesson from the Card With A Twist class.

Inside of the card

  • Strat by creating the background using the Cube Builder Stencil and alcohol markers in two shades of gray on a light gray card stock.

  • Die cut a circle from the Big World coordinating die on this background panel. Position this die cut panel on a side folding landscape white notecard and die cut once more. Now you will have a window opening to the inside of the note card.

  • Stamp the Globe from the Big World stamps set using blue and green inks onto a white card sock. and die cut it using a larger circle die.

  • Adhere a window plastic to the backgroun panel and add foam tape to the back of this panel creating a well for your shaker element. Add sequins and glitter inside th well and cover tit with another sheer of window acetate. this will create a clear shaker window

  • Allign the cu-icle with the circle on the white notecard and adhere this shake panel.

  • Adhere the stamped globe circle to the inside of the note and making sure it is aligned with the shaker window.Stamp the inside sentiment using Obsidian black ink.

  • Dei cut the word World and the globe stand. I used a wood paper for the globe and and black cardstock for the word.

  • Ahdehre the word and the stand on the front panel. I had already stamped the additional sentiments before adding all the foam behind the card stock.


.I how I have inspire you to make some guy cards especially with Fathers Day approaching soon and have motivated you to consider the classes form Altenew Academy. Thank you for hanging out with me today, I really appreciate you. See you next time until then happy crafting and stay safe.




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