If you’re ever in doubt on how to personalize a card for a male or female recipient, the answer is very straightforward – colours!
Using colours to differentiate is a very easy trick – change the background and you have two different cards; add to it a bit of a feminine touch with a doily or a masculine touch with a moustache and.. TahDah! Job’s done!
Barbara Housner, our Creative Crew member, shares with us her graduation cards – she used Canvas Corp Heirloom collection graduation hats paper as a base but she also used the colour and the doily trick.
See for yourself how effective it is!
‘I had one piece of graduation themed paper but I needed to make both a card for a male and a female graduate. How could I do this and still make each one unique? I used the same basic sketch for each card but changed the colors of the mat and added several feminine details for the female. For the male card, I chose to use his school colors for the mats on his card.’ -explains the idea behind the project Barbara.
Canvas Corp Heirloom Collection: Graduation on Ivory
Canvas Corp Printd Cardstock – Red on White
Canvas Corp Printd Cardstock – Turquoise on White
Canvas Corp Cardstock Paper – Ivory 80#
Canvas Corp Cord – Waxed Cotton – Black
Cut a red mat and rectangle from the Graduation Hats paper which will be the focal point of your card front.
Cut a strip of ivory, strip of the Graduation Hats and a strip of red for the sentiment.
Die-cut 3 Best Wishes sentiments. Adhere these layers on top of each other to give your sentiment some dimension. Assemble the card. Add your sentiment strip to the center of your card with foam dimension tape. Adhere the sentiment and a simple bow made out of the black cord. Masculine graduation card is completed.
I chose turquoise to be the accent color for the card for the female graduate. Cut your mat and focal point out of Graduation Hats paper. Cut the strips for your sentiment.
To make the card more feminine, I cut a doily with my Sihouette Cameo Machine. I cut it in half. Each half will be tucked under the sentiment strip.
Die-cut your sentiment 3 times and stack/glue together. Assemble your card and tuck the doily under each side of the sentiment strip. Tie a bow out of a soft black ribbon and adhere to the sentiment strip.
There are only so many graduation cards on the rack and if you have a graduation mid-year or want to send a unique card, just make one…..or two graduation cards….. completed – same layout, two different colors and an additional design element help you make both a masculine and feminine graduation card.
Make sure you visit Barb’s blog for more inspiration.