I know I am going to shock a lot of people but for me this is true.
I can easily make masculine cards. I can make them all day long, no problems. But I have a hard time with feminine cards. It is not that I don't like that kind, but I struggle with the focal image. For example, a place I am donating cards to currently needs any occasion feminine cards, but they don't want flowers since it is winter here in MN. Okay, I get that. But then why is it okay if I make a card with a horse running in a green pasture, even though it is winter, strange. (Not putting them down. Just confused.)
ETA: and I need teenage girl cards. I have about 6 birthdays coming up where I will need cards for that age. ugh.
Oh, that's surprising that they wouldn't want flowers! I would love to get a bunch of flowers on a card, no matter what the season. And don't we give bunches of flowers at every season? That's a very odd restriction. I've never heard anything like that before. This time of year is all about looking forward to when the flowers come back IMO.
Hearts, rainbows (rainbow colors if not the actual rainbow shape), unicorns, butterflies, cute critters... ?
Maybe for the adult cards you're better off with a really pretty background and more focus on the sentiment - a bold word die cut? I feel like Jennifer McGuire is good at those kinds of cards that don't really have much in the way of a picture, but are beautiful and feminine colors.
Teenager girls, I usually end up treating more like adults, in that a 14-16 year old girl is mostly grown up/fairly mature and any attempt to be cool by a lame adult will probably backfire. Emojis work well with younger teens and tweens - I made a bunch of cards using an emoji themed paper pad from Simple Stories - found it at Tues Morning. But for teen girls I would go back to hearts, flowers, butterflies, cute critters, and rainbow colors.
Some ideas for non-floral focal images: * potted plants (house plants) * watercolored background with a large sentiment * butterflies (I know they wouldn't be outside in MN now but ...) * birds (cardinals and other winter birds) * outdoor winter scenes (trees, snow) * coffee/tea (I struggle with these myself)
For teenage girl themes: * Coffee * Unicorn * Make up/nail polish * Turntable/vinyl records * Headphones * Video games * Emoji * Animals * Shopping * Books * Sports * Globe/travel * Chocolate
If you need specific stamp set ideas, let me know. I can probably point you in the right direction.
I like to use background dies over glitter cardstock or inlaid with cardstock of a contrasting color. The designs are geometrics, hearts, etc but the colors are femine. Then I top with a die cut sentiment or panel with a stamped sentiment. They are pretty yet simple.