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CAS Masculine Card

CAS Masculine

Hi All,

In the spirit of this’ month’s masculine challenge, I used Mama Elephant Basic Borders to create the diagonal pattern on this card. It was quick and easy to make! It was kind of hard to stop where I did. I was tempted to jazz it up with sequins and glitter, lol!




To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Mama Elephant Basic Borders
Basic Borders
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Hero Arts Butter Bar
Simon Says Stamp Wisteria Ink
SSS Wisteria Ink
Simon Says Stamp Mint Ink
SSS Mint Ink
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue
SSS Island Blue
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 6:03 am


    That’s a very handsome card, Darlene, and would be perfect for any man. My hubby’s birthday is on Friday and if I didn’t have another card in mind to make for him tomorrow, I’d have considered this one for sure.

    • wrote on February 22nd, 2016 at 11:56 am


      Handsome is the perfect word, Connie. 🙂

  2. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 1:14 pm


    This is certainly a masculine card Darlene, very beautiful colors, all of them work together to really look fabulous.
    I love the addition of the black strips of paper, they give the color lines some separation and this looks awesome.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 2:10 pm


    Great card.

  4. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 3:39 pm


    Darlene, i love the masculine card that you made. i usually have a hard time coming up with masculine cards.
    i also have a question about the adsorber that you use. mine dries out very quickly and gets very stiff. i cut it up into pieces and they said i could store it wet. i found a lovely tin to store it in, but the pieces had gotten moldy when i opened it. i was able to wash the mold out. I ended up storing them dry and just using one piece at a time. i have to keep spritzing it with water while i’m creating. do you have to keep spritzing yours also? i was hoping that you had a cool trick up your sleeve.
    hugs, treen

    • wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 4:28 pm


      I had the same problem with mine. For a while, I’d just let it dry out between crafting sessions, and then rewet it under the faucet. It worked, but still a hassle. I had kept it in a plastic sealable food container, that is pretty airtight, but it did get a horrible smell. So I finally got the idea to drill small holes in the lid of my container, so that it wasn’t totally airtight, but the Absorber wouldn’t dry out so quickly. So far, it seems to be working. Hope this helps! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I let mine dry out after each crafting session. It usually stays wet enough for a few hours, so if yours is drying out before then, you probably are squeezing too much water out when you get it wet. I tried storing in a container and it smelled horrible when I opened it up. I know it’s kind of a hassle to wet it each time, but I think you make up the time in stamp cleaning efficiency.

      • wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 11:58 pm


        Darlene, thanks so much. now that you mention it , i do squeeze it out really well, lol. it really does a great job. i love it. i just wanted to know if you had any ideas to improve it. hugs, treen

  5. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, the black strips really make this card! I have to do more of that. I remember your video saying you always use some black…I have to do that! Great card!

  6. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Barb H.

    Great card, Darlene. The black strips made a huge difference. Looks more finished as well as more masculine.

  7. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 8:28 pm


    Really like the simplicity of this card. Do it pastels for a girlfriend or keep it masculine. What a great idea, I so often overthink my cards and don’t look for the unadorned cards. Sometimes I wonder if they are even in my head…..I overthink everything!

  8. wrote on February 18th, 2016 at 10:48 am


    I like that card too. One of the fun parts of this site is how you do change things up Darlene. From one week to the next it may be feminine with gorgeous flowers or cute critters or a funky design, etc and always with your own creative spin. It is wonderful to be able to “expand our horizons” like this compared to some card makers that also make beautiful cards but essentially repeat the same basic card layout but just substitute the stamp set or colours if you know what i mean. And as Lizzie said above, the simplicity of this card is great.

  9. wrote on February 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am


    I love the the clean design and angles. Before watching the video, I assumed it was washi tape. I guess I could always make it that way since I don’t have a border set. 🙂

  10. wrote on February 27th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Jennifer Stark

    Love this!!!!!!

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