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As Father's Day approaches, and you begin making cards for the guys in your life, you'll realize pretty quickly that making cards for guys isn't as much fun as making cards for the girls or women in your life. You've got to reach deep into your crafting bags of tricks to make interesting cards for those men.

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One of the tricks to creating cards for guys is to find a way to dress up your cards in different ways than you normally do for gals. Since none of the pretty floral papers or lovely pastel ribbons in your stash are generally considered masculine, try adding different textures to your card in place of feminine motifs. What do I mean? Use an embossing folder to make the background of the card instantly interesting. There's something about those random or geometric ridges and bumps that make everyone take notice.

Another fun way to add background texture to a card for a man is by using embossing paste and a stencil. I'm not sure if it is because the paste resembles spackling compound or mortar, but it's definitely an enjoyable way to add some interest to your card's background. Pair the paste with a brick-wall stencil and add a bit of red or brown ink/paint for the true look of a manly wall.

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You can also add texture to a card through the type of embellishments you use. Using corrugated shapes like stars or alphabets to spell out "Dad" will allow you to add a neutral element to your card, but the ridges still create that manly feel.

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How about using twine or burlap in place of ribbon to wrap around your cards? Either one of these trims allows you to finish off your card in a way you may be more familiar with, but still provides a bit of a masculine twist. These options are perfect for those of us who feel the need to add a bow to cards.

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So, think outside the traditional Dad-style card and try to add a bit of texture to make your cards just a bit more special. That push to try a different method will make creating cards for guys a bit more fun.

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