Homemade Father's Day Cards
What father wouldn't love to get a homemade card on Father's Day. This is a guide about homemade Father's Day cards.
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I recently discovered some old family photos in my mother's cupboard. The photos are more than 50 years old, and all of them are coming from the era when black and white photos were still regarded as fashionable.
When I looked at these photos, I immediately thought of all the craft projects that these photos could be used for. I decided to use one of these photos to make a birthday card for my father. This card can also be adjusted for Father's Day, or any other occasion when you would like to make a card for a man.
- a suitable old black and white photo.
- a photo editing program*
- 8.2 x 6 inch piece of light tan colored cardboard
- 3.6 x 5.6 inch piece of dark brown cardboard
- pair of standard scissors
- pair of pattern edged scissors
- quick-drying glue
- one A4 sheet of beige paper
- one light tan colored envelope
*I used PhotoScape version 3.5, which can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.photoscape.org/.
- Fold tan cardboard in half to create a card 4.1 x 6 inches. Use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
- Cut the two shortest sides of the dark brown cardboard with the pair of pattern edged scissors.
- Glue the 3.6 x 5.6 inch dark brown cardboard to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
- Scan the photo onto your computer.
- With the PhotoScape program, add an antique photo filter (nr 4). This will turn the color of the photo into sepia, and also give it an aged look.
- From the different frames that could be added to the photo, choose the Paper01 frame and set the width at 200%.
- Save the adjusted photo onto your computer. If you want to keep the scan of the original photo for another project, remember to save the adjusted photo under a different name.
- Print the photo and then glue it to the front of the card, again ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
- Print a message on the beige paper, cut it to the correct size and paste it to the inside of the card.
Note: If you can't find a matching envelope, use a light tan sheet of paper and make your own envelope. You can find some templates for envelopes at: http://desktoppub.about.com/library/weekly/xenvtemp.htm.
Editor's Note: You will want to measure your photo choice and adjust card and envelop sizes accordingly.
By Benetta from Pretoria, Gauteng
With Father's Day just around the corner, here is a themed card for a chess-loving father. The focus point of the card is a king chess piece, reminding your father that he is the king of your heart. The card requires a few simple materials, but the end result is very pleasing and should speak right to your father's heart. Checkmate!
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: one card
- provided pattern of chess piece
- A4 sheet of red cardstock
- 1 sheet each black and white sugar paper
- 14mm wide black musical notes self-adhesive decorative lace tape
- 4 black-and-silver scrapbook photo corner stickers
- self-adhesive black alphabet stickers
- 3D self-adhesive foam squares
- Pilot silver marker pen
- standard scissors
- quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
- Cut a piece, sized 10" x 5", from the red cardstock. Score it in half to create a card sized 5" x 5".
- From the black sugar paper, cut five 1.3" squares, and cut four 1.3" squares from the white sugar paper.
- Glue the sugar paper squares to the front of the card to make a partial chess board.
- Use the Pilot silver marker pen to highlight the lines between the squares. Also draw a silver frame around the partial chess board.
- Trace the pattern of the chess piece onto the remaining red cardstock and cut it out.
- Add a silver border around the chess piece. Also add some detail to the chess piece.
- Use self-adhesive foam squares to affix the chess piece to the front of the card.
- Add a strip of musical notes lace tape to the bottom of the card and cut off any protruding edges.
- Add the four photo corners to the partial chess board.
- Use the alphabet stickers to spell "dad" at the top and "love u" at the bottom of the card.
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