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Father’s Day Card

By: Linda Selymes, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5" x 7"

With Father's Day just around the corner, I wanted to feature a Father's Day Card with several versions of basically the same card.

Fisherman and boy digital stamp (Karen's Doodles)
Astibe foliage stamp (Penny Black)
World's Greatest Dad digital stamp (birdscards.com)
Water Pattern (Stampscapes)
Cloud Cumulus (Stampscapes)
Sedge Filler (Stampscapes)
5" x 7" card blank (Joann)
Classic Crest Solar White (Neenah)
Black Card Stock (Paper Zone)
All other from scrap stash
Adirondack Dye Inks (Ranger)
--Sailboat Blue
Computer and Printer with software to re-size and print digital stamps
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too corp)
3" Scalloped Circle paper punch (unknown)
2" Scalloped Circle paper punch (unknown)
Corner punch (unknown)
Peony Nestabilities (Spellbinder)
Die Cut Machine (Cuttlebug)
Paper Trimmer
Double-sided adhesive (Staples)
Double-sided mounting tape (Scotch)
Stylus and foam tip (Colorbox)


  1. Size the fisherman and boy digital to approximately 4" tall, and the dad sentiment to approximately 1.75" and print on Classic Crest card stock.  Trim the large image to 4.125" by 3.125" and round the corners.
  2. Color with Copics alcohol markers in colors of choice.  Using the stylus and foam tip or a cosmetic sponge, sponge Adirondack Aqua ink over the background.
  3. Ink up only the top portion of the Astibe stamp with Meadow ink, and stamp several times on the bottom of the image to simulate foliage on the ground.  Back with a scrap of black about .25" larger than the image and set aside.  You could stop here, and assemble this onto an A2 card blank, and put the sentiment on the inside.  However, let's go on.
  4. Punch out the Dad sentiment with the 2" punch.  Punch a scrap of dark blue with the 3" punch.  Run a medium blue scrap through the Cuttlebug using the Peony Nestability.  Cut a couple of dark blue scraps about .375" wide.  Set aside for later assembly.
  5. You could finish the card now by layering the focal image and the Dad blue ribbon onto layers of  card stock in colors of choice and adhering to a 5" x 7" card blank.  It would look something like this:
  6. I decided to take it a few steps further and created a simple background landscape.  First, cut a piece of white card stock to 6.75 " x 4.75".  Then take a large scrap of paper and cut a curved line to simulate a hillside.
  7. Line up the curved piece that has blue on it across the middle of the white card stock, and sponge Sailboat Blue above the curved line, and below the straight line to make sky and water.   Sponge the middle section with Citrus.  Use a light touch and don't stress or try to make it even.  First of all, it will look more real if it's not all one shade, and secondly, most of this background isn't going to show anyway.
  8. Here's another point where you could stop, and assemble your card.  It would look something like this:
  9. I'm kind of an "over the top" kind of gal, though, and didn't think the background had quite enough realism,  so I added a few simple details.  Here are the stamps I used:
  10. I stamped the clouds and water pattern with Sailboat Blue, and the sedge filler with pesto.  All were stamped repeatedly in the appropriate areas.  Now it looks more like a real sky, hillside, and water.

I assembled the card by backing the background landscape to a piece of black C.S. slightly larger, adhering the boy and dad image on the left, and layering my handmade blue ribbon on the right.  I popped up the blue ribbon with dimensional tape.  Here's the finished card again.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.  Until next time, Happy Stamping!


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