Thursday, January 23, 2014

Personalized Guy Gifts

I love making cards for birthdays. All my girlfriends love getting a handmade card. I really feel like they appreciate the effort I make.

But let's be honest most guys could care less about receiving one of my cute crafty cards or projects. Guys don't really care if it's "Pinterest" worthy.

But it's my baby boy's 25th birthday this month. I know, how can that be true???

Personalized Cards for Guys
I really wanted to make him something that would be special to him.

One of my son's "passions" is classic cars. So I knew my theme. A vintage Mustang is one of his favorite cars..

Vintage Mustang
Too make this fun project I first printed two copies of the Mustang picture. I printed the pictures 5" x 7" since that was the size frame I was using.
Personalized Cards for Guys
 With my Silhouette Cameo I cut my son's name out of one of the pictures. With the Silhouette I again cut his name out of plain white cardstock three more times and glued them all together with the "picture letter " ending up on top of each letter. I then had thick sturdy letters to use.
Vintage Mustang
In the photo above you can see how I edged each letter with a black Sharpie felt pen. I used double stick foam tape to adhere the letters of his name to the second printed photo of the vintage mustang. The foam tape really pops the letter up.
Vintage Mustang
To make the card (above) I used the first printed picture that I had originally cut his name out of for the card front. I guess you could call that piece the negative die cut. I put a piece of black scrapbook paper behind where his name was cut out.
Vintage Mustang
To go with the whole vintage look of the project I added black corner tabs to the card

Below is another framed personalized gift I made for a young man celebrating his 16th birthday this year. He is a great kid,one of our youngest sons best friends. I didn't say BFF cause guys don't care for that description, kinda like how they don't care for crafty cards.
For this one I went to Google, searching Google images for sports cars. This must be a fantasy car but it looked sleek, fancy and expensive so I picked it.
I used the same techniques for this one as I did on Jesse's Mustang project.
I printed Happy Birthday on Justin's card.
I hope the guys like their personalized framed pictures and cards. I still feel like I "made" them something, but not something to "crafty" you know what I mean? I wanted to make something special for these milestone birthdays. Plus both of them are pretty special guys, they deserve something as unique and cool as they are!

If your looking for a some inspiration for a guy gift, here you are. You can adapt this idea to pretty much any picture to make a special personalized gift for anyone. Leave me a comment and let me know if you think I accomplished making a "cool guy card".

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  1. what a great idea! My kids' birthdays are next week...I have NO idea what to do for either of them!


  2. Thanks Andi! I had fun making these and I am sure my son will love it....almost as much as he will love his new IPhone, the real gift! lol

  3. Very cool! These guys are going to love these gifts!

  4. Such a super idea. I love personalized gifts. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Thanks for the visit Marty! I really appreciate it!

  6. Jesse probably wishes he was getting the the car for real! Oh well maybe next year!

  7. Wow...those are some awesome guy cars! I'll bet the never throw those away! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!