The 2011-12 Artisan's are being featured one final time over on the Stampin' Up! Facebook Artisan Gallery page. This time we had the option of creating either a Father's Day project or a project of our choice. Obviously I decided to do a Father's Day card. I must say that creating masculine cards is not really my strongest area, but I gave it my best shot...after all, we send at least a couple of Father's Day Cards every year. I am so grateful that both of our dads are still healthy.
My father-in-law is a retired mechanic, so I wanted to make something that is a reflection of what he loves...automobiles! I am just thrilled about how well things came together for this card. I started with a card base made with Brushed Silver card stock and embossed the front of the card with the Houndstooth embossing folder. Next, I embossed a strip of black textured card stock using the Simply Scored tool (oops, I think I forgot to mention that in my list of supplies) and also embossed a piece of black cardstock with the Designer Frames embossing folder and trimmed it out by hand. I used a sanding block to smooth out any rough edges. I used the Mat Pack punch guide to punch holes for the silver brads...this made it easy to space the brads evenly. I used twenty-six brads, but you can spread your brads a little futher apart if you want to cut back on the number. I didn't like the shiney brads against the brushed silver card, so I used a sanding block to scuff the top of each brad for a brushed silver look.
I used Basic Black ink to stamp the Father's Day greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp set on Whisper White card stock and punched it out with the wide oval punch. I thought the greeting looked like it was missing something, so I used the fine tip of a Real Red marker to fill in the word "FATHER'S". This one little step made a big difference in the finished look of the card. Finally, I dug through my husband's stash of nuts and bolts and pulled out a little hardware to finish everything off. I washed them with a little bit of Dawn dish soap to remove any greasy residue, dried them throughly, and then used mini glue dots to adhere them to the card.
Well, I hope you like it. I have another Father's Day card to share with you, so be sure to check back here in a couple of days. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!