A Father Is…

A Father Is…


(inside: Happy Father’s Day)

This simple card features the “Father Calligraphy” stamp (G10093) from Paper Inspirations and the background stamp from the “You’ve Got This” set from Stampin’ Up (retired).

For the background, I inked up the stamp with Gina K Designs Powder Blue ink  and “stamped off” the image onto scrap paper.  Then I spritzed the stamp (and remaining ink) with water and stamped the wet ink onto a white card panel.  Once that dried, I stamped the “Father” sentiment with GKD In the Navy ink at full strength.

I used my Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer tool with a Copic Marker (B39) to add some tiny ink spots and then embossed this panel using the “Subtle” 3D embossing folder from Stampin’ Up.  This was added to a GKD In the Navy mat and a white card base.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Faux Metal Leaves for Father’s Day

Faux Metal Leaves for Father’s Day


(inside: wishing you the wonderful day you deserve)

In my family, late spring/summer is the start of a busy “masculine card season” so I thought I’d better start playing with some Father’s Day and masculine birthday card designs!

The leafy branches were made with the “Fresh Foliage” die from Memory Box and Prima Marketing “Brown Rust” Rust Effect Paste.  I dabbed the paste on my die cut after it was cut from plain white card stock, and it dried with a gritty, “rusty metal” finish.

The greeting is from the “Masculine Tags” stamp set (retired?) from Gina K Designs.  I also used the “French Script” and “Linen” background stamps from Stampin’ Up (both retired?) for the two small panels behind the leaves.  The inside stamp is an unmarked wood-mount rubber stamp.  All the stamping and inking was done with Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink.

I used the “Subtle” 3D embossing folder from Stampin’ Up for the larger cream panel.  (It is recommended that you use Stampin’ Up’s Specialty Plate with their 3D folders.)

The darker card stock all came from the “Nostalgia” paper pack, and the heavyweight ivory card stock came from the “Coffee and Cream” pack – both from Recollections/Michaels.

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Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping

Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping


I’ve done multi-layer stamping before, but it has always been with three panels layered (and centered) one on top of the other.  I thought I’d try a more horizontal “scene” approach with this one.  (My scene layout was inspired by this card.)

HERE’S one I had done before…

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To do multi-layered stamping:

1.  Cut the panels you plan to layer and on which you plan to stamp.  (The sizes don’t matter; make them fit your design!)

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2.   Layer and temporarily adhere the panels as desired.  (Use removable adhesive behind the panels so it does not interfere with your stamping.)  For the goose sample above, I used two white rectangles – one positioned horizontally and the other smaller one positioned vertically and centered on the first.  (For the older sample, I used three white rectangles layered and centered from smallest to largest.)  Do not add the mats at this point; you are just layering the panels on which you will be stamping.

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3.   Simply stamp your images onto the layered panels making sure that some of the image(s) go over the border(s) so parts of the image(s) are on two (or more of the layers).  You may notice that the images don’t stamp really close to the borders of the overlapping card stock and leave a little gap.  That’s because the thickness of the card stock is preventing the stamp from making contact with the neighboring card stock.  That’s fine; these “gaps” will be covered with the mats.

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(At this point, add color if desired.  You want the color to flow across the panels just as the stamping does.  I did not add any color here in this quick tutorial but did in my finished card project.)


4.   Once all the stamping (and coloring/inking/shading if desired) is complete, separate the stamped panels, mat each one, and re-attach them by layering them the same way they were originally stamped.  Make sure to line up the images as best you can so it looks like they continue past the mats.

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Play around with different sizes and positions for your layered panels for a variety of card layouts!


To add the color to my images, I loosely sponged ink over and around the areas with a foam blending tool.  I just wanted a hint of color and was not going for a neatly colored scene.

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I used Recollections white, black and kraft card stock along with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink and Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Summer Sky inks.  I spritzed ink over the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.  The embossing folder is Multi Stripes by Darice.  Stamps were from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?).

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Easel Card with Negative Framed Scene

Easel Card with Negative Framed Scene


For this card I used the negative of a “happy” die cut (the part left after the die cut is removed from the card stock) and a printed scene behind it.  I embossed the frame around the “scene” and the stamped greeting with a wafer thin stitched rectangle die using my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders embossing mat.  (The “sandwich” I use for embossing with a thin die is A-plate, B-plate, embossing mat, card stock, die with cutting edge facing paper and embossing mat, B-plate, and a chipboard shim.)

I created a few more designs with different scenes, greeting stamps, and color combinations.

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For this final sample, I did not emboss the panel with the rectangle die.  Instead, I sprayed speckles of ink onto the card front using a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool and a Vintage Photo distress marker.


To create the easel card base, I started with a piece of card stock measuring 6 1/4 inches by 10 inches and scored it at 5 inches and 2 1/2 inches.  (I chose these measurements because they worked with the dies and stamps I was using.  You basically just need to fold your card base in half and the front in half again.)  The separate panel you decorate for the card front should be the same size as the folded card base; in my case it was 6 1/4 inches by 5 inches.  After folding the card base in half, fold the front of the card base up along the 2 1/2 inch score line (like a “z”), and adhere your decorated card front panel to the half portion showing.  (If you unfold the front of the card base after adhering the decorated panel, the decorated panel should flip to the inside of the card.)  Stamp a greeting on a separate panel.  Adhere the greeting panel to the inside of the card base with foam tape.  (It needs to be raised up slightly; this piece will hold the “easel” card front when opened.)  Your raised greeting panel will be hidden inside the card when the card is “closed” and only the decorated card front is showing.

The “happy” die is called “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” by Winnie & Walter .  The scenes I used behind the “happy” negatives were google images.  Photos and patterned paper would work also.

This card folds flat for mailing.


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Wetlands Father’s Day Card

Wetlands Father’s Day Card


(Inside: Thinking of you especially today and wishing you a Happy Father’s Day)

This card was made with images from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” (retired) and “Timeless Textures” stamp sets and sentiments (inside and out) from the “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” set from My Sentiments Exactly.

Ink used was Stampin’ Up Soft Suede and Sahara Sand along with Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distress ink.

I used Papertrey Ink white card stock for the card base.  The printed papers were Textured Leather, Textured Slate Blue, and White Linen all by The Paper Studio.

A Spellbinders Standard Circles die was used to create the round window.  The blue and white panel and the greeting were popped up with foam tape to add dimension.

The card below was my first attempt.  I liked it, but I wanted to jazz it up a bit, so I continued playing and came up with the card above.


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