So the other day I found myself staring at my never-used, still-shrink-wrapped (although already retired) Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack. Considering it was one of the very first things I'd ordered from the 2015 Occasions Catalog, and I still love its images so much, why in the world had I not even opened it?!?
Well, the answer to that is a bit complicated, but suffice it to say that when my gaze landed on it the other day, I happened to be in the "gotta make a Father's Day card" mode. And I knew this paper would be perfect. So if you promise to keep this just between you and me (and since I'm pretty sure Dad never looks at my blog, lol), I'll share my results.
I knew I wanted something a little more creative than just a piece of pretty paper stuck on the front, so I started with one of my "go to" tips for creating "guy" cards: "Stick to neutrals", and then built from there. I already knew I was headed for a tri-fold of some kind. For this color palette: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate and Whisper White. I spelled out "Dad" with one of my most-reached-for die sets - "Little Letters Thinlits".
The double-layer banner is from the brand-new "Triple Banner" punch. BTW, did you know you don't HAVE to stick to only the 3 widths of paper they mention in the catalog for that punch?!? You can probably see that I didn't.
I did some faux stitching across the top of the banner using the piercing tool, Updated Essentials pack & a black marker. (I actually had the Project Life markers at my fingertips, so I used the smaller of the pair, but I'm sure the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker would have worked fine, too.) Used the marker not only on the outside, but the inside, too - so the stitching actually does look reasonably realistic.
Both the big "Happy" and "Father's Day" are from the "Crazy About You" bundle. I truly believe that the stamp set "Crazy about You" belongs in every stamper's collection, and you might as well toss in the dies and get a discount, too. I've certainly ended up using mine more than I thought I would. Tip: Adhere the die-cut word with 2-way glue pen, but work quickly so it doesn't dry on ya. "Father's Day" is stamped and embossed in Whisper White.
And the little punched heart for subtle embellishment? Our retired "small heart" punch. While I love the newer sweet-heart shape, there are just certain times you need a small basic heart shape. So that's ONE punch that won't be showing up at my Crafter's Garage Sale on Friday!
Cutting dimensions are:
- Adventure Bound DSP (front): 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
- Adventure Bound DSP (inside): 4-1/2" x 3-1/4"
- Basic Gray card base: 11" x 4-1/4".... scored & folded at 5-1/2"
- Smokey Slate right-hand panel: 5-1/2" x 3-1/2".... scored & folded 3/4" from one end.
- Basic Black liner: 5" x 3-3/4"
- Scrap of Whisper White large enough for the die: approx 4-1/2" x 2-1/2"
Now remember, this is still just our private secret until Father's Day, right? Shhhhh.......