Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card

Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I love to make cards for guys. There’s something about that challenge, you know? Plus my hubby likes to receive my cards, so I guess I have to thank him for encouraging me.

Today I have a monogram “Stay Awesome” card to share using Spellbinders latest dies – Nuts & Bolts. There probably isn’t a more suitable masculine die out there, at least I can’t think of one at this moment.

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

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As of September 2016 I work as an in-house creative designer at Spellbinders office in Phoenix. While I do a lot of work for them and create a number of different projects I am only sharing what I truly love made using their products here on my blog. I do not and never will share projects or mention products I not love.

CARD DETAILS

I made this card some month back when I was working on the packaging projects (the card ideas you see on the packaging of Spellbinders dies) using this die collection – Die D Lites. The Nuts & Bolts die set (along with a few other sets, I’ll share projects using them soon) was one of my favorites.

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

I started working on this card by die-cutting the elements out of white cardstock. I wanted these bolts to look rusty and corroded, so I used several colors of Distress Oxide inks (exact colors listed below in the Supply section) and simply applied multiple colors onto each die cut until I got the look I wanted.

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

Next, while the ink was still wet (you can apply clear embossing ink over the oxides if needed) I added clear embossing powder and heat set it to give my die cuts a bit of a glossy look.

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

I didn’t want to adhere my die cut pieces onto the card in a random order, so I decided to use them to form a letter, I went with D, but really you can spell any letter (or word – you’ll have to make a bigger card if you want to go with a word). I foam mounted the pieces onto a black cardstock panel and filled the gaps in using Nuvo drops in brown.

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

Finally, I foam mounted my panel onto an A2 top folding card base and added “Stay Awesome” sentiment. What do you think? Have you ever tried this technique with the oxide inks? Share below!

STEP BY STEP

Want to see this card done step by step? Click on the photo below to enlarge it:

Spellbinders | Nuts & Bolts Masculine Monogram Card using S2-288 Bolts & Nuts by Yana Smakula for Spellbinders #spellbinders #cardmaking #diecutting #guycard #masculinecard

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Spellbinders Nuts and Bolts Dies
Spellbinders Nuts and Bolts Dies
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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Spellbinders Tool
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder PW104
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder PW104
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Peeled Paint
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Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Cracked Pistachio
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Cracked Pistachio
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Faded Jeans
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Faded Jeans
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Vintage Photo
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Iced Spruce
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Iced Spruce
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My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments Clear Stamps
My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments Clear Stamps
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Scrapbook Adhesives Black Foam Tape
Scrapbook Adhesives Black Foam Tape
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Tonic Dark Walnut Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic Dark Walnut Nuvo Crystal Drops
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8 Comments

    1. Love it!! You did a fabulous job making the nuts and bolts look real. Such an awesome die set for masculine projects!!

    1. Thanks for the inspiration! I really struggle making masculine cards! My husband would love one like this, as he loves working in his workshop. I love your card, the color you achieved for the little pieces are fabulous.

    1. Hi Yana,

      I find guy cards the toughest of the group (excuse the pun!). But generally male cards always seem stereotypical e.g. fishing, football, DIY (sorry!) Cards for females and even children tend to be more out of the box. I love what you have done with this card Yana, but I know one male who would not like it. Do you think it is possible to make a floral stamp set relative for both genders? Sorry to go on but I find this very interesting and I thought you were a good place to start with all of your experience and such. :O)

    1. This is a great card! I love that you made the nuts and bolts into a monogram for your husband. This is a great idea for any little dies!!

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