I originally designed this card for a Father’s Day call. My first ever attempt at getting published. While this one didn’t make it, I was SO excited to have Papercrafts take another Father’s Day card I made. YAY! My first acceptance letter…I was pretty excited! The card that did get published is now on the stands in the June/July 2007 issue of Papercrafts at the bottom of page 57. It is an online bonus project. The full instructions are now posted on the Papercrafts web-site at the following link, No Matter how Tall.
This card could also be used as a birthday card and that is actually what I’m going to use it for. My dad’s birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Dad!
For this card, I started out with a Chocolate Chip cardstock base. This card measures 5.25″ square. I direct to paper inked the edges of the diamond patterned paper and adhered it to the cardstock. For the main image & sentiment, I used my Technique Tuesday Eiffel Tower Capital Letters Tall. I inked them up with Chocolate Chip craft ink. These stamps are clear polymer stamps & I find that with large surfaces with this type of stamp, it is better to use the craft ink. You get a better, more solid impression that way. For lining up letters, clear stamps are the way to go. So easy to see through those acrlic blocks!
After inking all the edges, I then matted the sentiment layer with some Bashful Blue cardstock. I also wanted to add a layer of the gorgeous Paisley style paper. I cut it to a width that would give me enough border on each layer to enjoy the pattern, layered it and adhered it all together.
Quick Tip: For a nice, fine matted look…mat your layers with 1/8″ larger mats. Also, make sure that your blade is always sharp or it will be very difficult to get a nice clean edge.
For the last touch, I pulled out an acetate transparency. I love them for adding a discreet touch of interest and layer. Also from Technique Tuesday, my Whirlygig stamps needed to make an appearance. I stamped them on the acetate with white stazon for a neat look. To hold the transparency on the card, I pieced two holes in corners diagonally from each other and inserted two copper brads.
I love the vintage style look of this card and had so much fun making it. I hope my dad likes it too!