Father's Day Card for a New Dad

If you saw my post on Monday you will know that my little brother's wife just had a baby girl. So I wanted to make him a father's day card. This will be his first father's day.

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I usually really struggle making masculine cards, but I was quite happy with this one. To start this card I took a piece of kraft cardstock and put it through my Big Shot in an embossing folder to give it a wood grain texture. I then used a die to cut a small circle out of that.

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I took the stamp set "Mom and Me" by Lawn Fawn, which is typically used for Mother's Day, and I stamped the small image of the two foxes. I stamped them on Bristol Smooth paper using my Simon Say's Stamp Intense Black ink. I then colored them in with my Arteza Real Brush Pens. I tried to color them to have the adult fox be a dad fox and the little baby fox be a baby girl.

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I used some Distress Oxide ink to add some color to the background where the circle goes onto the card base. I did a layer of Twisted Citron and then stamped some grass in Lucky Clover and Evergreen Bough. The grass stamps are in the same stamp set as the foxes. I then very lightly blended the Lucky Clover in from the bottom. I also used a dark green Arteza marker to add a little more grass on the bottom.

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 I used a brush with clean water to add a little bit of a bokeh effect to the background. The sentiment for this card comes from the Hero Arts stamp set "Celebrate Everyday." I heat embossed it in a white embossing powder. To finish this card up I went around the edge with a green marker with some dashed lines.

Supplies:

Arteza Marker Coloring and Tim Holtz 3D Folder

For today's card I wanted to try out the Tim Holtz Botanical 3D embossing folder that came in the Simon Says Stamp June card kit.

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It is recommended to spray the paper you emboss with this folder generously with water before using the 3D folder. This helps it to emboss without ruining the paper. I would recommend being very careful when you remove the paper from the folder because it is delicate while it is still wet.

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I used the stamp set from the June kit to stamp all of the single flowers. I have used the really big flower bunch from the stamp set many times already so I decided to use the single flowers this time. I colored them in using my Arteza Real Brush Pens.

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For the sentiment on this card I stamped the one from the kit that says "Love & Hugs" on some light grey cardstock with Versamark ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using a white embossing powder. To finish the card I added a few clear and white sequins.

Supplies:

Floral Thank You Card

Today's card is a nice simple design that you could make with any floral stamp set.

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I used Distress Oxide ink for all of the stamping, and I found that this ink stamps very well. I stamped the sentiment in the Iced Spruce color. I used Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint for the flowers and leaves. I feel like this design would be really nice for a mother's day card as well, you just have to change out the sentiment.
I used a basket weave embossing folded for the white background panel. I thought a little texture would look great with this. I added some twine for a little bow and I thought the kraft card base really worked well here. It is a little bit of a rustic card design. Sadly a lot of the supplies I used for this is no longer available (The stamp set, the embossing folder, and the markers) but they are all things that I feel could be easily switched out for similar things. The design is one that could be replicated with lots of different supplies.

Check out this video to see how I made this card:

Hero Arts - Trying out My Monthly Hero Kit March 2018

I have been considering buying a kit from Hero Arts for a while now and I finally decided to do it this month. This month's kit just looked too good to pass up. There were so many sentiment stamps and some really great dies! Check out the picture below to see all of the items in the kit.

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The best thing about this kit is that it was only $35! Normally all of these items would cost $70. You can buy this kit HERE for a limited time.

I have only made two cards so far with this kit, but it has the potential to become a real staple in my crafting supplies. I can see myself making so many cards with those stamps and dies.

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For the one of the cards I used the "Thank" and the "You" dies from the kit.

For the second card I used a few of the sentiment stamps to say, "Hello there, make a wish it's your birthday."

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I used Distress Ink to blend the color on the circle for this card. I really love the way these colors blended together. The colors that I used are Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean.

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One of the great things about the stamps in the kit is that they can be arranged in so many ways to say lots of different things. I can't wait to make some more cards with this kit!

Check out the video below to see how I made these cards: