Yesterday was Father’s Day so of course, cards were made. These days I have a Father in Law as well as a Dad so I get to have twice the fun and make two cards.

For both cards, I turned to good old Hunkydory. Let’s face it you really can’t make a bad card with their fantastic high-quality card making kits.

Harbourside Diorama Kit

For Dad’s I used the Harbourside Diorama Kit because it is safe to say he loves all things nautical. These diorama cards are simply stunning with beautiful coastal fishing village views.  Here is his completed card:

Dads Fathers Day

Creating the Card

First things first I had to pop all the pieces out of the backing sheet, I like to snip them with small decoupage scissors though as otherwise you can be left with the little lugs or even worse they can remain on the outer pieces and take a tiny bit of the image with them.

I then worked out how to ensemble the main pieces so that the frame stands proud and the image falls behind. I built up the decoupage layers and used foam pads to create the 3d perspective. The sides were glued together with Collall All Purpose Glue to ensure they held firm. Finally, the two button embellishments were added with foam pads. Personally, I prefer to use foam pads to build layers when they are relatively flat but use 3D Glue Gel when I am adding shaped layers, for instance, building flowers.

Primrose Lane Card

For my Father in Law’s card, I turned to Primrose Lane, which is one of the collections that has been released this year. I adore this kit I used it to make Michael’s birthday card too. Here is his card:
Irvins Fathers Day
This card was made by: Selecting an 8-inch card blank (one of my favourite sizes) Cutting the background card stock to 7-inch and then matting and layering it on Gold Mirri board (I confess crafters,  I don’t often gut the middle…). Attaching the main focal image to the card front. Fastening the small golden frame with the thinnest sticky pads to give it a tiny bit of lift. Cutting a piece of acetate and fastening this within the main frame to turn it into a window frame. Using a double layer of thick sticky pads to attach this frame over the main image so it was stood nicely proud. Fastening the border strip across the bottom of the card. Attaching the button sentiment with some basic acrylic glue. Finally adding the three pearl gems with the aid of the Layer Perfect Tool to line them up.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the Layer Perfect Tool before but it is fantastic. It is so hard to line up gems without it and that is only one of a small range of jobs it does. You can find out more about it and get one if you want from. Create and Craft, Crafter’s CompanioneBay and Amazon that I know of.

What a difference a year makes

I have just been looking back on last years Father’s Day cards and creatively things were not so different, Dad had a nautical card, (Debbi Moore though) and my Father in Law had a Hunkydory one. Blogging wise though what a difference a year has made 🙂

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