Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cool Fathers Day Card

Is this cool or what!?!  I am so stoked about how this card turned out.  It's so perfect for my Dad and I can't wait to see his reaction on Father's Day.  Lets get started!

Tim Holtz Distress Wood-grain Card stock
Daniel Smith Iridescent Antique Gold watercolor
Distress Inks in Ground Espresso, Antique Linen and Tea Dye
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies
Black embossing powder
Doodlebug Black Crushed Velvet cardstock
Doodlebug Kraft in Color 6x6 paper pack
Alphabet die by Memorybox
Chipboard die cuts from Infinity Engraving

Starting with a piece of cardstock, lightly paint a wash of gold over the entire piece, leaving variations in the color.  Let dry.  While it's drying we'll color the die cuts.  Using Versamark or another clear, sticky embossing ink, give each die cut a coat; the surface will be shiny when it's completely covered.  Cover with embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Heat to melt powder.  When it's shiny, it's melted.  Repeat the process so that it has 2 layers of embossing powder.

Using the ink blending tool, add ink to the cardstock, starting with Antique Linen, then Tea Dye and adding Ground Espresso to the edges.  The goal is to give the cardstock an aged, rugged, masculine look.  Think plank of wood.  You want to give it some variability in the colors.  When you are done inking, die cut with the 2nd largest Stitched Rectangle die.
The next step is to die cut the letters DAD from the velvet cardstock and the gray houndstooth cardstock.  Also die cut a panel of the gray houndstooth using the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies. 

Mount the gray piece to a card base.  Adhere the woodgrain piece in the center of the gray piece.  Adhere the die cuts using liquid glue.  I placed something heavy on top of them to make sure they made good contact and would stay put. To create the shadow behind the word, I layered the black letters behind the gray with liquid glue and then adhered them, centering the "A" and adding the "D"'s.   Let it dry with something heavy on top to get good adhesion.

Our card is complete! 

There's my Mom and Dad!  Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today.  Feel free to ask any questions and let me know what you think!

Much love,

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