How to Make a Romantic Masculine Front-flap Card

Purple, black and white masculine fancy-fold card with matching envelope

Newsflash – masculine cards don’t have to be boring! Here’s a card your guy can enjoy. It’s full of romance and rich color with a splash of texture, too. And the creative fancy fold adds an extra touch of “special.” There’s even a bonus!

Purple, black and white masculine fancy-fold card with matching envelope
The fancy-fold looks complicated but is really easy peasy

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I first discovered front-flap cards over in the papercrafting community Splitcoast Stampers, which is a gold mine of ideas and tutorials. I was looking for a cute, fun card for Mr. Right that was more than the same old A2 and found this card to be quick and easy, yet still fun and interesting. Mr. Right’s favorite color is purple, so I created the card in the classic purple/black/white combo. He looks good in those colors, so I knew he’d appreciate seeing them on his Valentine card. Which this was.

How to Make a Masculine Front-flap Card


Various tools needed to make a wide variety of greeting cards

Step 1

  • Prepare an A2 panel (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) – Color A
  • Layer a coordinating mat on top (4″ x 5 1/4″) – Color B
  • Emboss this layer if desired. Here I embossed a herringbone pattern onto the striped paper for a double whammy of pattern. Play around with patterns and textures here.

Step 2

  • Cut a piece of Color A to measure 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Score at 4 1/4″ with a bone folder and glue it to the card front a little off-center. You can play around with the placement for slightly different looks.

Step 3

  • Stamp a layer of 4″ x 3″ cardstock (Color D) and adhere it to the inside panel of the folded cardstock. This is where the message will go.

G&B Tip: This is a good time to recycle cardstock that accidentally went through the printer on a previous project. (Oops.) Cardstock is heavy enough that the ink won’t show to the other side.

  • Adhere a 4″ x 3″ layer of paper (Color C) to the front panel of the folded cardstock.

Step 4

Embellish as desired. In this case, I cut a heart using my Big Shot. But I needed a second, slightly larger heart and didn’t have a corresponding die.

G&B tip: If you don’t have the proper die to create a slightly larger layer, trace around the outside of the smaller die, then cut with scissors. The resulting layer will be 1/8″ larger, which is perfect. (I decided against using the compass this time.)

Tracing around the heart die to get a slightly larger size

The smaller heart was stamped with Versamark ink in a cute, romantic image and embossed with black embossing powder. I heat embossed the edges of the larger heart with silver embossing powder for a bit of added oomph.

A cute image and some embossed texture for this masculine card
There’s plenty of texture in this small space.

I layered two tags shapes into one layer and popped it up on the front flap, overlapping the heart image a bit.

G&B Tip: Create your own sentiment in a pretty script font and print several sizes in descending order on computer paper. One is bound to fit the tag die perfectly.

Various sizes of script printed on computer paper. One was bound to be perfect for the greeting tag on this masculine card
The perfect solution when you don’t have the perfect stamp
  • Last but not least, I tied a 1/8″ black ribbon in a simple knot around the top of the card for a last bit of textural interest.

Step 5

  • To make the coordinating envelope, cut a piece of designer paper (either B or C) to measure 2 1/2″ x 6″.
  • Glue to the flap of the envelope.
  • Using the envelope flap as a guide, trim the excess.

Voila, a beautiful handmade masculine card with its own matching envelope. The card store doesn’t hold a candle to you, missy.

Purple, black and white masculine fancy-fold card with matching envelope

Now it’s your turn

While this was a Valentine’s card for Mr. Right, it could just as easily have been a masculine birthday card. Or Father’s Day card. If you think about it, male card ideas are only a step behind a lot of feminine card ideas with just a change of papers and colors. So tell me – have you made any masculine cards lately? If so, share in the comments below. Or better yet, strut your stuff on the G&B Facebook page. We’re always looking to enjoy someone else’s creations!

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