Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!


Sometimes “pretty” comes easy, while “manly” remains a little more elusive. How do you make a pretty (or rather, manly) card for a man? Paper Wishes designers to the rescue! Below are some of my favorite masculine looks our incredible design team created using Hot Off The Press’ new Steampunk Collection!

Susan created the card below using Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ which are gold-foiled, deeply embossed die-cuts just waiting for your creative touch! Ink them, sand them, or add paint, markers and more for incredible effects. Susan colored her Foiled Fancies™ hot air balloon, gears and butterfly with Spectrum Noir™ markers. She then stamped black designs from the Fancy Patterns stamp set using Black StazOn® ink. Click on the project for details.

Click here for Susan's instructions!

Click here for Susan’s instructions!


Here’s a gorgeous card from Teresa who has embellished a Steampunk Foil Paper Tole “winged clock” with tiny, self-adhesive copper “nailheads.” She’s also used the Steampunk stamp set and Gold StazOn® ink for her card greeting! I just love this look, especially with that brown twill ribbon!

Click here for Teresa's instructions!

Click here for Teresa’s instructions!


On this version, Gail customized her Foiled Fancies™ by inking them with black StazOn®, and applying rubbing alcohol over the top for a pewter look. She then combined her Foiled Fancies™ with Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. She backed her Dazzles™ heart and gears with Mocha Suede specialty paper, then layered her pieces together with foam tape. Wonderful dimension!!

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Click for Gail’s instructions!


Steampunk is the perfect collection for creating masculine cards, with deep brown and golden tones, teal accents and “manly” motifs like gears, top hats and more. You’ll be able to make the perfect birthday card for your husband, son, father, brother or any other special guy!


I hope you have a love-filled Valentine’s Day! <3


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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5 responses to “Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!”

  1. Becca Sadler says:

    Steam Punk is still trendy and definitely makes one think of more masculine themes of gears, wheels, clocks and watches, and darker tones. I personally don’t equate butterflies with manly unless I saw a butterfly collection display case or a butterfly next to other insects, so I think the designer of the collection added that to appeal to women crafters.

    Still, the 3 cards are great cards using these featured papers and embellishments. Each designer chose a different sketch layout and each one was executed extremely well.

    I do agree with Michelle stating about having difficulties designing masculine cards. So much of my supplies in stamps, stickers, and stencils tend to have more flowery images and curvier lines. I have to “shop” longer through my stuff to find more neutral or masculine themes.

  2. Linda Holt says:

    Great post. Love STEAMPUNK and so happy to have MORE OF IT!

    Over on the Message Board, in a thread called Swaps and Challenges, February Swap Kit, we are currently posting masculine cards each participant made from PW materials they swapped with someone else. Fantastic swap, great cards, and such fun! Check it out… And join in!

  3. Diane Lynne C says:

    I’m loving these Steampunk cards. The collections is awesome.
    PS Happy Birthday to me, I can now say I’m in my fifties.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Diane Lynne! I hope you have a great time celebrating, and lots of wonderful moments in the year ahead! 🙂

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