Sunday, June 18, 2017

Accordion Father's Day Card


I have several things in mind as I create this card. First, is my inspiration for this card, which of course, is my husband, the father of my 4 sons. Second, when I make a card, I sometimes look around blog challenges to see if I can come up with a card that meets its challenge rules. And last but not the least, since this is a card for someone special, I want to include my sons' participation in creating this card. Their involvement makes this card even more special and meaningful to me and I am sure, to their dad as well.

I die cut 4 mason jars using Canson Watercolor paper. The die is from My Favorite Things Die-Namics Mason Jar Mug. I know there is a rule of uneven numbers but each jar represents a son of ours. I color the jars using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink based on MFT blog's Color Challenge. I stamped a star from MFT First Place Sentiments stamp set on the blue mason jar. Good thing, I used the Misti Stamping tool to stamp the star on the inked mason jar. Despite using Versafine Onyx ink, which usually gives good coverage, I had to re-stamp the star several times. I heat embossed the star using clear embossing powder.

The sentiment 'Best Dad' is also from the same stamp set. After I used the anti-static tool on the star, I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink. I used a clear acrylic block to stamp this time. I made sure my hand will not shift given the slick surface of the embossed star. I heat embossed this sentiment using white embossing powder. The effect of this technique, heat embossing on heat embossed image, is so cool. It looks like it was created using a one step process. 

I also die cut the straw and the label to create a secondary sentiment for the front panel. The sentiment is from MFT Mason Jar Labels stamp set. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The front and back panels are 4 3/4" x 6" brown cardstock. An odd size but this is based from the size of the accordion cards, as detailed later. To add a background to this, I stamped an MFT Diagonal Sripes Cling rubber stamp. I rotated the rubber stamp to create vertical lines instead of diagonal lines. I used a Tsukineko Delicata White Shimmer Ink pad. 

I adhered the mason jars next, using foam adhesive on the blue mason jar and the label.

The accordion part is made of 4 print-out cards of a freebie from Crafts Unleashed. I only used the second part of the print-out. I think it would be fun to have the boys fill it up. They also have a chance to show their artistic talent since there is a space to draw. I printed this using a laser printer so I was able to foil the portrait border using the Minc Machine. I adhered a strip of white cardstock to the back of the cards to connect it. I adhered the card panels to the ends of the accordion.

I adhered the Photo Play Catch of the Day cardstock to the back. This is a late add-in detail to this card. The first time I saw this cardstock, I knew I would be able to use it to create a card for my husband since he loves to fish. But it wasn't available in stores as a sheet until Checkered Cottage agreed to purchase a part of the line and reserve this cardstock for me.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day. Enjoy your Father's Day with your dads.

To my Amang, Happy Father's Day! I hope you feel better soon.

To my husband, Clemente, I hope you love our little surprise to you.

Maria Giselle B.

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