My father is now an elder and I like making him an age-appropriate card. A card that is still full of whimsy and joy, but not quite as crazy as say this D-A-D glasses – card that we made last time for my hubby. Dad does not play golf anymore, nor tennis, and he does not wear a tie. Hasn’t worn one for ages. So, he needs a handsome but more classic card, made just for him. And so I did.
This card will be for my dad. A grandpa.
Now that I’ve finished mine, let me set you up so that you can make one for your granddad also.
Tutorial on How to make this Fathers day Card with Stamps
Card Making Supplies
You’ll need the following supplies from Amazon or local craft shop. (The below section contains Amazon affiliate links):
1. I used two excellent stamp ink pads. One is Coffee brown, and the other one is Silver grey. Awesome both of them. They are full of ink and really easy to use. Beautiful brown color. And they are versatile. You can probably use both of them on fabric, paper and wood.
Get some good ink pads for yourself and you’re ready to go.
2. I also LOVE the vignette stamp I used. Isn’t beautiful? You can buy them in a set of 6 matching designs at Amazon.com: Crystal Square Decoden Stamp – 6 Pcs in 6 different flowers pattern rubber stamp Beautiful and well made. Stamps of this quality in the UK are about 7 pounds each, or about $10.
3. As far as card making stock, I used some sheets of a scrapbooking paper kit that I’ve had for ages. So old in fact, that that set is no longer for sale. However, check these newer designer quality papers: scrapbooking paper kit
4. alphabet letter stamps. I used a set from Michaels, and I can not recommend them. I bought them on sale years ago, not realizing that they are actually cheap junk and do not stamp the letters properly. Get yourself a good set instead, and be happy that you did. I am about to replace my set as it drives me crazy having to redo the letters that come out too wobbly.
5. I used a package of glue dots, another new indulgence that I so enjoy. I used to ‘swear by’ Yes! glue (and still do), but these glue dots keep your entire workspace dry and are super easy to use: Glue Dots for Craft, on a roll
6. I wouldn’t be me if I would not at least use a bunch of recycled paper pieces: cut-offs from other projects and some food packaging paper (which did not touch the food.) Note: if you make durable paper art pieces, be sure to stick to only grease free, acid free papers.
7. Package of plain greeting cards
8. Re-usable general craft supplies: paper guillotine (vital for straight edges) and scissors (for small snips).
9. Optional: an excellent card making book. Get one that is filled with both ideas, templates and techniques.
My 1,2, 3 How-to Card Making Instructions
Now, how to make this card is so easy:
1. Start layering your various papers till you get a combination of papers and colors that you like.
2. With your paper cutters, cut off the central piece of paper of your card.
3. With your stamp and stamp pad, on a contrast colored piece of paper, or white, stamp your gorgeous vignette.
4. Start layering and building a composition that pleases you. For ‘missing’ colors that you like to see repeated, find little bits of paper with that color and add these. I added a grey strip and pressed that strip onto the silver ink pad for a shimmer. Looks fabulous. Experiment also with running the ink pads along the paper elements. I tried it and while the results looked nice, it was not the ‘look’ that I was after for this card. But it might work for your card. So, experiment with various card making techniques.
5. With the alphabet letters, wrote the ‘papa’ which means ‘dad’ in many different cultures and languages. You can write DAD or your father’s name if you wish instead. Or Happy Fathers Day…
6. Once you have created and cut all the elements, layer up the cards. Attach the glue dots onto each element and attach it to your base card, one by one.
And that’s it.
Card Making Tip 1: if you make a blooper by smearing some ink somewhere or creating a pen mark, or cutting a cut a bit too deep, just cover it up with a small embellishment.
Card Making Tip 2: see that card making book that I have in the corner of the photo, with the page on DIY frames. Paper frames can be a great tool to help you create a focal point in your card design. I started with my orange frame. However, I decided to simplify my card in the end and not use it. However, again, it might really work for you, so again. Experiment.
Fathers Day Gift Tip 3: These days, I immediately create a bookmark to go with my cards.That way, the ‘card’ becomes a bit of a set and a bit more of a present in and by itself.
I created this jewel-like bookmark (you can tell I LOVE that stamp) and cut out a tiny strip of the main scrapbooking paper and attached it below the stamp. A tiny cut flower at the center of the stamp creates a vignette. Done.
I think it goes very well with the desk leather pen tray.
He’s 80. He doesn’t have an iPod. But he does use a pen occasionally.
Click here for 10+ themed free downloadable Fathers day cards , and below you can find matching free downloadable gift tags and bookmarks as well as other Fathers day gifts ideas.
Original Fathers Day Crafts & Ideas
- Paper Craft & Scrapbooking – Free Downloads:
- Original Messages of Love, Father Day Greeting Cards
- Free Booksmarks for Fathers Day
- Father’s Day Certificate – Free download
Best Father s Day Cards
The free ‘Fathers Day Cards’- series has cards designed for 10 different type of dads.
Smaller Projects (for little kids?) to make for Father’ s Day:
Bigger Projects (to do WITH Dad):