a card for dad

Today’s card is for a very special dad…mine. Yesterday he celebrated his 77th birthday and of course, I made a card for him. This man has not retired yet and is still going strong. He amazes me!

Happy birthday to my wonderful dad!

With Father’s Day coming up, this card can be easily changed up to work for that occasion. How about switching out the birthday sentiment for something more like…you’re the best or the standard, Happy Father’s Day?

I guess in some ways, I’m a bit of a girly-girl. Most of my designs are ultra-feminine and I admit that it can be a bit of a challenge to design a masculine card.

Here’s a few tips I have…

  • use a dark background
  • add texture for interest
  • use masculine colors: blues, greens, browns, red
  • geometric and grid prints work well
  • go bold with a focal point
  • metal and hardware make perfect accents

Design Notes:

  • chipboard letters are quickly colored with Copic Markers
  • a paint dabber adds acrylic paint to the button and it’s sanded once dry for distressing
  • stamping on linen is easy with Archival Inks
  • the ledger transparency is a retired product from Maya Road…sorry it’s no longer available
  • the button and other heavy embellishments are adhered using a hot glue gun
  • oops! forgot to include the stamp set below…the stamp is from the Hero Arts Cleardesign: It’s Your Day stamp set

Have a creative day!


6 responses to “a card for dad

  1. Great card, Julia! I am sure your dad will love it. Happy birthday to him!

  2. Happy birthday to your dear dad whom I know will just love this card.

  3. Great card. Love all the textures and design of your card. TFS

  4. Awesome “Dad” card! Love it! 🙂

  5. Julia, I love this card! Your talent for layering and clustering embellishments is second to none. I adore your style. Your newest post of the sympathy card is both beautiful and comforting. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Jen this is so fab! I love all those flowers anigast that gorgeous background hope you had a wonderful weekend, sorry I had to work and was not around for skypeing maybe next time big hugs!!

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