Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day Cards

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with my third post as Gina's Designs guest designer for June.  This has been a thrilling experience for me, and next month, I will be posting regularly as a member of their design team.

With Father's Day right around the corner, I thought I would make a couple of vintage cards of the masculine variety.  We gals find it so hard, sometimes, to leave the flowers and lace and other frilly things aside, so I hope I can help you out a bit today.

I call my first card "Family Man".

I first layered the "hats" paper onto a dark brown card stock layer, and then onto my base kraft card.  I cut a few of the printed papers to layer over that, edging each with brown distress ink.  

I next colored each of my laser cut chipboard pieces from the three sets listed below.

"Family"was colored with Dark Brown, Creamy Brown, Bisque, and Tangerine chalk inks.   Creamy Brown was used to add the ribbon around the hat and add highlights.

The hat was colored with Dark Brown, Creamy Brown, and Bisque chalk inks.   Creamy Brown was used to add the ribbon around the hat and add highlights.

The pocket watch was inked with the Brilliance Platinum Planet, then embossed with the Retro Circles embossing folder.  The raised areas were highlighted with Dark Brown chalk ink.  A metal clock face, hands and brad were attached to the face of the pocket watch.

The balloon base was colored with Blue Lagoon and Creamy Brown chalk inks.  I trimmed a small piece of the diamonds texture sheet to fit over the balloon, which was colored with Tangerine and Yellow Cadmium chalk ink.  When dry, the diamond texture was glued to the top of the balloon.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut the word "Man" from dark brown card stock and adhered all of the pieces to the card, as shown.

My second card is called "Handy Man".

I first layered the "rulers" paper onto my base kraft card, edging with Vintage Photo distress ink.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the words "Handy Man" from dark brown card stock.  I used tan and rust colored chalk pencils to add some dimension, and after adhering the letters, I shaded the words with a charcoal pencil and blending stump.

Each of the chipboard pieces were colored similarly as for the previous card, with just a few differences.  For the hammer head, I added a bit of the Brilliance Cosmic Copper over the Platinum Planet to give it a bit of a brass or coppery look.

The bike was painted a bit differently, as well.  I used Pitt Big Brush pens to color the tires (black), the seat (brown), and the metal part of the bike (white & cobalt turquoise), while coloring the spokes with a silver Krylon leafing pen.   Tiny metal gears were added to the bike wheels and randomly on the card front, and also some metal screw heads.

Two of the larger gears are Gina's Designs chipboard, which were heat embossed using Versamark ink and Rust Tapestry embossing powder.  To get a richer orange rust color, I added Rusty Hinge distress ink over the embossing powder.

Gina's Designs supplies used:

Other supplies used:

Pre-folded Kraft Card (5" x 7" )

Brown card stock (4-3/4" x 6-3/4")

Paper Pad: 6x6 Garment District (Marion Smith); Rock Island Route 4.5" x 6.5" pad (Paper Studio)

Silhouette cut file and machine ("Man" - used Segoe Script font)

Ink Pads: Dark Brown, Creamy Brown, Bisque, Charcoal, Blue Lagoon, Yellow Cadmium, Tangerine, Chestnut Roan Chalk (Colorbox); Platinum Planet Brillance, Cosmic Copper, Versamark (Tsukineko); Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge Distress (Tim Holtz)

Embossing Folders:  Retro Circles embossing folder

Clock hands, metal screw heads (Prima); Metal clock face (Tim Holtz), tiny metal gears (Bead Landing)

Pitt Big Brush Pens (Faber-Castell): Black, Brown, White, Cobalt Turquoise

Krylon silver leaf pen

Rust Tapestry embossing powder

Charcoal Pencil & blending stump

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my cards today and perhaps be inspired to make some masculine cards for those men in your life with this fabulous "Guy Things" shape set from Gina's.  

Have a wonderful and creative week! 



  1. These cards are an incredible example of great tools (Gina's anything) and talent can do and produce stellar end result. The end result is a card that any father would be over the moon about! Thanks for the posts all involved.

    1. Thanks tons for your sweet comments. Always appreciated!

  2. Such fun cards barb!! Love the variety of shapes you used- especially fond of that balloon! ")

    1. Thanks, Jackie! I love that balloon, too! It is pretty darn cool.