Friday, April 25, 2014

Book/Journal Dad

Card #2 in the Masculine series is a simple "Dad" card.

For this card, I wanted to go with something a bit more simple. The fun thing about this card is that it can be used for many occasions - depending entirely on what you write inside the card. It can make for a great Father's Day card, or a birthday card, or even just a "hi, I love you" card. The best thing about this card, though, is that it came out looking like an old book or journal. How awesome is that?

I started by figuring out what embellishments I wanted to use on this card. It may seem a bit odd to start with the embellishments, but I find that it's easiest to convey masculinity with linearity and simplicity. After pulling out a stray brown button, some brown ribbon and hemp twine, I found a pack of photo corners that I won in a holiday giveaway.I don't scrapbook, so photo corners are really not something I would make a lot of use out of. But they looked like they would make a really different decorative piece, so I decided to use them.

I cut a piece of brown cardstock to 4"x5.25" - slightly smaller than a card base. I placed an oval in the upper half of the panel and ran it through my Bigshot. At the bottom, I glued a piece of patterned paper, followed by the ribbon and hemp twine. I tied the button to the twine and used a bit of glue to make sure it stays in place. I added the photo corners to all 4 corners of the panel.

I stamped the big, bold "Dad" on the card base, then adhered the panel with foam squares. Lastly, I added a few dots around the panel cut out with my white gel pen.

Base: Bazzill Taffy card stock
Paper: Bazzill Chocolate card stock, Kaisercraft Hunt and Gather 6.5x6.5
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp Father's Day
Ink: Memento Luxe in Expresso Truffle
American Crafts Amy Tangerine flat boxed ribbon
Hemptique Natural Hemp Cord twine
Scrapbook Adhesives Photo corners
Scrapbook Adhesives  Foam Squares
White Gel Pen


  1. Elle, this is wonderful and as you say, soooo versatile. And with a different colour scheme you could make a wedding card, or even a sympathy card. I never thought of starting with embellishments but that is a great idea as it gives direction.

    1. Now that I look at it, it also seems like a picture album cover - which is such a fabulous idea for a wedding card!

      Thanks so much for commenting, Kylie. You've really got my creative wheels spinning. :)