Sometimes it is hard to create cards with a more masculine feel. That is my goal today, as I am working on some Father’s Day cards for the troops. Father’s Day cards need to be mailed in by May 21st so that gives us lots of time to work on it!
Over at Stars & Stamps, this weeks’ challenge was Father’s Day cards and I am just loving all of the submissions that are in so far. I’m definitely going to have to be on the lookout for some more manly themed stamps.
That being said, I also got my copy of Paper Crafts magazine in the mail this week and there is a TON of really fun things in there too. . . something that really caught my eye was a card by Kim Kesti that was made to look like a tool belt. Too cute! You’ll find it on page 17 if you have the latest issue. (May / June 2011)
For a base, I used some Kraft cardstock from JoAnn’s cut to make an A-2 sized card.
The blue wood pattern in the background is from the DCWV Green Stack.
I cut a piece of orange cardstock that measures 3.5 x 2.5” I cut a strip of orange cardstock that measures 2 x 6” . . . this strip was scored and folded a bunch of times to make the pockets. After gluing this to the 3.5 x 2.5 piece, I rounded the bottom corners and attached it with eyelets. I won’t lie – it took a couple of tries to get those pockets just right and I had to just kind of trim the left and right edges with scissors to get the piece to fit right before I glued it down and added the eyelets. Last, I cut some 1/2 inch strips and made the belt by attaching eyelets on one end. I used a brown colored pencil to add some scuff marks and fake stitching to the edges. I added the “dad” letter stickers from my stash. I also used my Cricut cartridge called Indie Art to cut out the wrenches (1.5” and 2” size) and the gear from some shiny silver paper. I totally stole a tiny piece of sand paper and some nails from my husband’s junk in the garage. I don’t think he will notice. :)
I also lined the inside of the card with some orange and white paper to make a nice writing surface. Here is a closeup of the pockets. Aside from being a little tedious to make those pockets fit just right, this card was fun to make and I think it sure fits the “manly” category, don’t you?
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