Thursday, May 21, 2009

Father's Day Cards

Well today I'm off to my local consignment store to drop off the Father's Day Cards I made, so I thought I'd better post them while they are still in my possession. I actually made twelve Father's Day Cards, but I'm only posting six because the other six were directly cased from the Splitcoaststamper's Gallery. When I have to quickly make cards, I case them from a gallery because its faster to bounce off another person's idea then to try and create something totally original. I always end up changing something, I never have the same paper or embellies as the original artist, so my cards always look slightly different. These cards I'm posting today however, are all my own design with the exception of the layout of the 'Loads of Love' and 'Thoughts of Father' cards.
The very first card uses a train image from a retired Stampin Up! set 'All Aboard'. The sketch is this week's sketch challenge on SCS. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps. all the paper is unknown designer paper sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. I also used Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa Card Stock.
My second card, I don't like at all, but I'm sure it will be the first one to sell. I live in Wisconsin, and EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE is a die-hard Green Bay Packer football fan. Sunday afternoons the entire state looks like a Ghost Town because everyone is either at home or in a bar watching the game, except me of course. I hate sports. I find it the perfect time to go to shopping because all the stores are empty. LOL! And don't even get me started on the Brett Farve controversy. Ugh! All I have to say about that is: 'Grow up Brett!'. LOL! Anyway, my card uses the retired SU! Stamp Set 'Just Football'. I stamped the helmet twice. Once in black ink and once in yellow. I cut out just the helmet of the yellow image and attached it to the black image. Then I added a brad and stamped a 'G' on it. It is also mounted up on dimensionals. Card stock colors are Summer Sun, White, and Garden Green.

My third card is from Stampin Up! 'Loads of Love' and IS NOT RETIRED! Yippee! You can still buy this set! I paper pieced the truck and mounted it up on dimensionals. The sentiment is also from Clear Dollar Stamps, and I'm sorry, but I can't remember where the designer paper is from. Card stock colors are Bashful Blue and Going Grey.

My Fourth Card uses one of my favorite images from Art Impressions. The 'Blue Jean' Designer Paper is unknown. The image is colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps. The tool embellishment I picked up from my local consignment store...isn't it cute? I used a Cuttlebug Folder on the Summer Sun panel and sponged it with More Mustard ink cause it was a little too bright for my taste. I then finished the whole card off with some hemp.

The fifth card uses an image from 'Set Sail'. Again, its retired Stampin Up! If you ever see a retired image that you really like, just send me an email and I'll be happy to stamp off some images for you. You can also find a lot of retired Stampin Up! sets on Ebay. Thats where I got most of mine. I added a lot of texture to this card by Cuttlebugging (that's a new verb I created! Do you like it? LOL!) the Close to Cocoa and Old Olive layers with Embossing Folders 'Divine Swirl' and 'Mesh'. I also tore, and distressed every panel too. The other Card Stock colors I used are Brocade Blue and Naturals Ivory. The image is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol. I mounted the sentiment up on dimensionals and added hardware and hemp for embellishments.

My final card uses a CURRENT image from SU! called 'Thoughts of Father'. I just love this picture of an old car in a bed of flowers. I've often told my husband that I would love to find an old, beaten up old truck and put it in my yard and fill it with flowers. He of course thought that was a ridiculous idea and told me it would never happen. But he usually thinks all my artistic ideas are ridiculous until I disobey him and do it anyway and then he actually 'sees it'...then he likes it. He just doesn't have the vision. LOL! Anyway, I used a retired SU! background stamp for the top of the card, and the bottom of the card is just Naturals Ivory and Old Olive Card Stock. I used Brocade Blue Card Stock as my base. I sponged the main image panel and the Naturals Ivory Panel. The main image is colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol and is mounted up on dimensionals.
Well I hope I have inspired you to create your own Father's Day card soon. I don't work today, but it will still be a busy day. I have a lunch date with a good friend, then a hair appointment, then I'm off for a 80 mile round trip to town because my dear son went swimming with his Driver's License in his pocket and lost it. UGH! I know he feels terrible about it, but I'm just so frustrated I now have to waste precious time and money to replace it. Kids! Oh well, what are you going to do? Amy


  1. I love the Father's Day card!

    I was wondering if you have a post about how you came to sell cards on a consignment basis? Is it an actual consignment store where everything is that way, or a traditional greeting card/stationery store?


  2. These cards are all fantastic Amy! I don't know which one is my favorite. There is nothing wrong with casing other stampers work ... I'm sure they would be thrilled!
    I know what you mean about the die-hard football fans ... afterall, I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA ... home of the Pittsburgh Steelers!!!!!! We are a strange bunch!! LOL!
    Sorry you had to make that long trip for the replacement license ... what a pain in the butt! But at least I hope you had a nice lunch with your friend. Hang in there my friend ... better days are ahead!

  3. Why don't you post your case cards? If you were inspired by them maybe we would be inspired by your version. You should definitely show them off next time. As long as you gave credit, I can't imagine why anyone would mind.

    I don't have a problem making masculine cards. In fact my bigger problem sometimes is making frilly, girly cards. But I do have a problem with dad's day cards. I think it's just a deep seeded problem from my less than wonderful childhood. But enough of that...

    These are a great bunch of guy cards.

    I like how you incorporated the sketch challenge on your first card. I'm also not a fan of football (but I LOVE baseball) but I can see where card two would be a hit in your area. I like how you paper pieced the truck in your third card. The blue jean paper in card four is a perfect compliment to your handy guy image. And how cute is that wrench? The sailboat card is such a nice image and lovely colors.

    Now how funny that you want an old truck with flowers growing out of it in your yard. Maybe instead of having one towed to your house, you should move here. It seems to be a given in our rural parts that when a vehicle is no longer working that you just park it in your yard and let the weeds grow up around it. In fact, I was driving home from the grocery store the other day and I saw a 50s era truck in someone's yard with lots of wild flowers growing around it and thought of the image from your last card.

    I hope that the lunch out and new hairdo made up for the trip to the MVA.

  4. Oh my gosh you have been busy. I love all of these cards. I am a die hard Bears fan but I like the GB packer card. You are right it will sell first. Super job on all of these.. TFS

  5. What a great collection - hope it goes well for you!

  6. WOW... these cards are AWESOME!
    I love every single one of them!


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