By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog Peg’s Crafting Corner.
When I ask my husband what he’d like as a gift, he always tells me that he’d love a handmade card. Handmade cards can be one of the most special gifts given or received so with Father’s Day quickly approaching; be sure to make a card for that special father and husband in your life and give him the gift of love!
The first step is to cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 4 1/8″ wide x 5 ¾” long. This is the size of a standard Cuttlebug folder. The card frame was made using the Grace’s Frames Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. In the center of the frame, place strips of Painters Tape to keep that area from getting ink on it. Using the Colorbox Mudslide Ink Pad, ink the backside of the folder. This is the side that is on top when the folder is backwards as seen in the photo. Remove the painters tape.
Place the cardstock in the folder and run it through the Cuttlebug. Tip: I find the ink transfers the best when the Cuttlebug sandwich is placed together with the A Pad first, then a B Pad, the embossing folder ink side up, the cardstock inside the folder which is closed and then another B Pad as it is run through the machine and I run it through a couple of times. Once this step is done wash the folder off using soap and cold water and dry thoroughly. The ink may stain a little, but that’s ok. The folder is just discolored. To be safe that all of the ink has been removed, simply run the folder through the Cuttlebug with paper in it a couple of times to remove any excess and it will be ready to use the next time.
Now, to create the opening in the frame, use a craft knife and carefully trim around the swirls in the four corners of the design to open them up. Do not cut all of the white background out as it will hold the piece of vellum in place. Next, trim a piece of Neapolitan Dear Lizzy Silver Lining Vellum by American Crafts to 2 ¾” wide x 4 ¼” long and round the corners using the ¼” side of the We R Memory Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. Fit the corners of the vellum into the frame where it was trimmed making sure the vellum lays flat in the frame.
Trim a piece of brown cardstock to 7′ wide x 10″ long using a paper trimmer and fold it in half. Also, trim a dark green piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Retro Grunge Paper Stash to be 4 5/8″ wide x 6″ long. Adhere it to the card base using your favorite tape runner. Adhere the frame to the card using the tape runner, also.
Using a Cricut Die Cutting Machine and the Heritage Cartridge, cut the airplane twice at 1″ and the word, “Father” at ½”. Adhere the word and one airplane to the card using your favorite glue. Trim only the wings off the second plane using a small pair of scissors. When I trimmed the wings, I trimmed so that the top and bottom sections stayed connected with the small upright pieces between the wing sections. Adhere them on top of the first plane using a 3-d adhesive so that it gives it a 3 dimensional look like the plane is flying.
Now you, too, can give dad the gift of love with a handmade card this Father’s Day!