Masculine Valentines Stacked with Love

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Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack - Masculine Card Ideas
The new paper stack, Stacked With Love, in the Occasions 2015 Catalog is perfect for Valentines Day! And the modern black and white patterns will carry you through the year too! Nice thing about Double-sided paper!

Today I used it to make some masculine Valentine's Day cards. I say masculine, because they are not all frilly and white and pink, but they could be used for the ladies as well! They are striking in the black and white with a pop of red. If the layout is familiar, I cased my Masculine birthday card HERE. Once you get the measurements, and remember to cut long strips in stead of individual tags, it goes pretty quick!! Still, a little bit involved, if you're just looking for a quick card this is not it! #justsayin
Varying the size of the pennants would work better on larger cards.
On this A2, they were a leeeetle large.

On the first card, I forgot to check my measurements and cut the pennants, all 10, into 0.75" wide by 1"-2" length. It made for a very large accent piece over the Woodgrain embossed Basic Grey panel. I used Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp, which certainly lives up to its name on this banner. Ummmmm. Next!!

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Back to the layout this time. Measure twice, Cut once, right?
Ok. This is more like it!! The pennants are only 0.5" wide, for a total width of 2.5" - much more manageable on an A2 card! I cut the STRIPS this time, longest in the center is 3", then two at 2.75". and then the last two at 2.5". To assemble them, I used a scrap of card stock with a strip of snail adhesive, cut it to 0.5" x 2.5", and carefully lined up my strips over it. The banner is 0.75" x 3" and I added a button instead of a brad. The faux thread is a sliver of paper through the button holes. I used the Woodgrain Embossing folder again, and I think this card came out much better. What do you think?

I still had lots of paper to use from the pages from the Stacked with Love pack, so I decided to try two more cards.
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The Chevron Embossing folder kind of
looks like that metal Diamond Plating, very manly! LoL
I used the Chevron Textured Embossing Folder on Basic Grey cardstock, I like the pattern against the Basic Black card base. I changed the order of the strips to give more of a black and white emphasis, with only small amounts of red in the pennants. The bolder sentiment - from You Plus Me stamp set - really stands out on this card.

Birthday Themed, the colors still work for more of a manly look.
For the last card I went with the Zig Zag Embossing Folder, over the Basic Black base again. I changed the layout to landscape, and added a Clothespin covered with a bit of the Stacked with Love paper. Using just the Non-Valentine themed paper (I do like the arrows though, and had them point down to the sentiment) I went with the black and white with red theme. I used the sentiments from Crazy About You stamp set - such a great size for the words!
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I still love this layout. I'll have to try it with some softer papers, and see how a more feminine take on it comes out.

Happy Monday!! I hope you'll partake in the spirit of the Martin Luther King holiday, and volunteer in your community, or at the very least, do some small acts of kindness for others today. :-) Together we can make a difference, just as working together Dr. King and his followers made a difference. We may not change the world as they did, but even small acts have ripples into eternity.

Happy Crafting!

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