Have you seen the new Sparkle N Sprinkle Fishin’ With Dad stamp set that was just released? It is perfect for masculine cards and brought back many childhood memories of going fishing with my father. Of course, I had to use it for my Father’s Day cards and wanted to share them with you.
This first card is fairly simple. I used some adorable fish designer paper for the card background and then created banner strips with coordinating cardstock. I layered these vertically, overlapping, and then added my image with a horizontal banner strip. I love the Thanks, Dad sentiment and embossed this with Teddy Brown EP on the bottom right side of the card.
My second card is one that I just learned to make, called an accordion strip card. It is a bit more labor intensive, but well worth it. I love lots of layers so that might have made mine a little more labor intensive than needed.
First create your card base, adding layers of cardstock and/or decorative papers. For this card I used a 4 1/4” x 11” cream cardstock and folded in half to create a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card base. I added a 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” dark brown layer and two 4” x 3” pieces of designer paper. I punched one edge of a 1 1/2” x 4” strip of brown paper and layered it across where the pieces overlapped.
For the accordion strip, cut a strip 3” x 12”. You can make it wider if you choose. Score the strip at 3”, 4 1/2”, 6”, 7 1/2”, and 9”. Fold together and trim or punch the corners and then punch a hole for the ribbon.
Add layers, images, and sentiments to each section as desired. I added 2 7/8” x 2 1/2” pieces of dark brown and 2 3/4” x 2 3/8” pieces of light brown to the top and bottom inside sections and the bottom outside section (A). I stamped my images on 2 5/8” x 2 1/4” pieces of cream cardstock. I added 2 7/8” x 1 3/8” pieces of light brown to the four middles sections and then added 2 3/4” x 1 1/4” pieces of striped to the 2nd and 4th sections (B) and dark brown to the 3rd and 5th section (C). I stamped the sentiment and fish on 2 5/8” x 1 1/8” pieces of teal paper and added these to the 3rd and 5th sections.
Fold up the accordion strip and add ribbon (approx. 18”). Run one end through the punched holes, around the back, and back to the front to tie in a bow. Adhere to the card front.
You can also adhere the ribbon to the back of the folded accordion and pull each end through a hole and tie together.
Here is the completed card open. I did add some glitter to parts of images, using a glue pen. I also used it to add a glittery “fishing line” and “fish hook” to the card front, along with a quilled “bobber”
Here is one more little tip for you. I didn’t have any Baker’s Twine to match my card so I decided to make my own.
I had some plain white twine so I wrapped this around a marker.
Then I used my alcohol markers to add strips of color.
When you unwind it looks like this. If your markers are juicy they will soak through the fiber. My fiber was a littler thicker so after I unwound it, I added a little more color by pressing my markers onto the un-inked side.
I hope these cards give you some inspiration to make something special for the special man in your life – husbands, dads, grandfathers, … You still have a week so get creative!!
Have a wonderful week!!