Saturday, 28 May 2011

Fathers' day cards

I had a bit of a late night last night as I had some lovely girlfriends round to eat, drink and be merry! So this morning I got up early, to clear away before my long-suffering family got up, and checked out the Less is More challenge site while drinking a cup of revitalising coffee. This week, Chrissie and Mandi are asking for cards using a square in either the centre or one of the four corners of a square card.

Hmmm. I had a think while cleaning up - nothing like a mop and bucket to focus the mind! Here's what I thought of while wearing the Marigolds:


What with fathers' day coming up on the 19th June, this graphic stamp came to mind. It's just the simplest card ever - as all my cards are, let's face it! - a Crumb Cake card base with the stamp in the middle.


I inked the image up first with versamark then with Old Olive ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder. This is very old embossing powder and has gone quite bitty, but I think that just adds to the manly effect! After embossing I coloured in the text with a Daffodil Delight marker (not quite so manly but he won't know that it's Daffodil Delight - he'll think it's yellow!)

Did I stop there? Of course not! I needed to see what it would look like in other colours!


Oh yum! I love Pacific Point with Tempting Turquoise text...


... and Real Red with Pumpkin Pie text is quite delicious too! I would have carried on but people started coming downstairs talking wistfully about breakfast! (Come to think of it, I seem a little peckish too!)


Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut an 18cm x 9cm piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Use a sponge dauber to sponge a little Whisper White craft ink round the edges of the card front.
  • You'll need a stamp-a-majig to centre your image, so stamp it on the imaging sheet now with using any dark classic ink.
  • Clean the stamp and dry it, then ink it up first with versamark then with coloured classic ink and stamp it in the centre of the card front using the stamp-a-majig to make sure it's in the centre and straight. TIP: When using a block-style image like this one, really press hard all over the stamp to make sure the image comes out evenly.
  • Sprinkle the stamped image with clear embossing powder and heat with your heat tool until the image turns shiny.
  • Colour inside the text with a marker.

Supplies
Stamps: Occasional Greetings
Ink: Pacific Point or Real Red or Old Olive, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake
Other: Tempting Turquoise or Pumpkin Pie or Daffodil Delight markers, clear embossing powder

Thanks Mandi and Chrissie for giving us LiMettes hours of fun! I know there are many other crafters beavering away at this challenge as I type - and I'm looking forward to seeing them all!

Don't forget to check out my weekly series Masculine Monday for more male card inspiration.
See you soon,

61 comments:

  1. Wow Vicky... that must have been some party to need a mop and bucket next morning, Lol.
    Seriously tho your cards are fab and that thinking/cleaning time worked wonders :)
    Jenny x

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  2. I think that you have things the right way round - you do your housework and think about crafting. I craft and think about the housework........ and then forget about it!!! Love your colourful Fathers Day cards - very inspiring - Jacqueline xx.

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  3. great set of cards - i love them all but think the blue really pops :-D

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  4. Simple, cool and effective.

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  5. A lovely card, like the two tone colours that you've done,
    Claire x

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  6. Great cards, every one! I like the Pacific & Turquoise together too. I don't think I would have thought of that. Now to put my thinking cap on. Hugs.

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  7. Blimey am wondering what you got up to last night, sounds like there was lots of drinking...most of it spilt? lol
    Super card, perfectly clean & simple think I like the blue best
    Thank you
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is More

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  8. Have to say there all brill card but the teal is my fave as just love that colour
    Nicky

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  9. Wonderful cards...you did a fab job!!

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  10. Good morning, Vicky! I'm back!! Get ready for a flood of comments as I head back through your posts that I've missed. :) (I'll try not to comment on every one, but you make that so difficult!)
    Anyway, this is just such a great, simple, quick-to-make card. Love how you've shown different color combos. (I think the Real Red/Pumpkin Pie is my favorite.) Also, I haven't tried using the versamark/ink/embossing powder technique before. May be time to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Simple is definitely best Vicky, they're lovely. Glad you had a good evening, hope you didn't drink too much "pop"!!!!
    Margaret x

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  12. Lovely set of cards - my dad would have loved the red one!

    Kathyk

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  13. Vicky - there goes my idea!!! These are really super CAS cards - my favourite is the blue one, Ben likes the orange best. Off to have another think :)

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  14. Less is More remember so these are perfect! LOL! If I had to pick a fave...I'd probably go for green and so would my dad I reckon, but they are all lovely!

    Linda

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  15. Perfect cards for Father's day. I love the blue one. Hugs Rita xx

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  16. Wow one dad is in for a real treat with those cards. Always been a sucker for red, so I like the red one best.

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  17. Three lovely cards, well done.
    Maureen......x

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  18. wow... love this style of yours.. and so effective they are, minimalist with pops of colours :D

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  19. oooo love them all, I can't even choose a favourite

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  20. Lovely colours, great cards !!!

    Carol

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  21. I love your cards Vicky. I may even do one for my dad like this it's such a great idea.

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  22. Three great Fathers Day Cards, Annette x

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  23. Fantastic cards Vicky, may have to case that idea as I usually make the cards for my sons to give to their Dad!
    Val x
    ps Some party eh? Mop & Bucket!!!

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  24. Teriffic cards, my fav is the red, my Dad would have loved it, got to make one for my FIL, might pinch your idea!

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  25. Fabulous cards Vicky ,,, all of them are terrific ! :-)
    I have had a few nights like that and I can tell you I wasn't up early clearing up and thinking of cards ,, I had my head under my pillow asking hubby to bring me alka seltza and paracetamol !! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  26. How many Father's have you got, lol. The card says it all, my preference is the blue.

    Kath x

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  27. Clean, simple and stunning - all of them! x

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  28. Great idea colouring in the letters, so effective. x

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  29. Great cards, love all the colour combos.
    jenjoy x

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  30. Wow! Love all three of these cards. When I saw the photo of the green card in my dashboard feed of blogs I follow I just KNEW this was your design! Fabulous x

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  31. OhbVicky these are gorgeous, think the blue is my favourite!
    Stacex

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  32. Great cards Vicky. A simple style but that suits most men perfectly, hee, hee! xx

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  33. Great set of card Vicky.

    Hugs Sandra x

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  34. Fab CAS cards Vicky. This fathers day stamp is perfect for this weeks LIM challenge! Love the 3 different colour ways too!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  35. LOL Vicky
    I did know about the stamp in the Mini. Did type it all out that Id been inspired, then lost the whole post, didn't realise Id forgotten to add that bit back on!

    Thanks for your comments, Im very humbled that someone of your caliber says things about me!
    x

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  36. I'm loving the red colourway! but they all look fab.
    Kelly xx

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  37. All beautiful but love the turquoise one most! Jeannie x

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  38. Wow Vicky, such lovely cards. Great colours. Jo x

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  39. I love all the versions! Who wouldn't love to receive that card?!?

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  40. Great cards Vicky - I love the different colour ways. Gill x

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  42. Wow! What a fab set of cards, and how different they look in various colours! Its answers the question of why my clear embossing powder comes out like that...it is also quite old...but the effect is great!!! Glad you had a good night with your friends, but a mop and bucket was it THAT much of a good night?? lol...Hope your head is feeling fine after the coffee intake! xx

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  43. A great set of cards - Love the stamp!

    It has to be the blue one for me

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  44. They are all fabulous Vicky. You do these CAS cards so well.
    Lynne xxx

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  45. Awesome set of cards! Wasn't LIM fun this week~

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  46. Super set of cards, love the miix of colours and the clean graphic lines.

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  47. Great Fathers' Day cards, I think if I had to choose, the blue one appeals to me most !
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  48. I love all those combos! I can't pick a favorite.... ;)

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  49. so that's how you get your inspiration ! great combination's resulting in your usual stylish and perfectly crafted cards. Now what have I done with that mop ??????

    Marie

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  50. Vicky, I love the layout of these fabulous cards! It looks great in every color too!!My card is HERE

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  51. Hi Vicky,
    I love this set of cards, just brilliant. Masculine cards can be hard, but these are just perfect for Fathers day :)
    Hannah M

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  52. What a great set of cards and the embossing just makes them pop.

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  53. Great cards Vicky, with great colour choices!
    Thanks so much yet again.
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  54. Hi Vicky, You can come and clean my floor if you need inspiration, yeah?
    Oh My your cards are fab, these are just the best Fathers day cards. Simple and stylish, and you've made a whole set, Love them:0) xxx

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  55. Brilliant cards Vicky boy am i having a catch up day after blogger being such a pain but thanks to Jenny i am back commenting Luv Sue x

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  56. Great cards...love the blue one most!!Very nice:)!!

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  57. Hi vicky, a lovely set of cards. I think about the housework, and think about crafting - and crafting wins every time! Lynn x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x