You’re Amazing, Dad!

Hi friends! We can all use more ideas and inspiration for masculine cards, don’t you think?

Since most of them are more earthy toned and geometric, the trick is to do neat stuff with textures. At least that’s my theory, haha! Today I have a Father’s Day card for you that I made using Texture Paste from Ranger and Basis cardstock.

To make the background, I used an A2 size piece of Basis Grey cardstock and taped it to a “splat mat.”  I also put a small piece of double sided tape behind the cardstock to keep it from shifting while I applied the texture paste.

The stencil I used here is a paper mixed media stencil from Faber Castell.

I felt like a white brick background was going to be too harsh of a contrast, so I smooshed some gray dye ink on the mat and worked a generous helping of texture paste into it to create a tint.

Once I got the color of the paste uniform, I began spreading it over the stencil. I didn’t want the final finish smooth, so I applied one smooth base coat, then I went back over it once I was done and tapped and smeared some more.

This is what it looked like the I lifted the stencil. Perfect!

While that was drying, I die cut a 2” circle from Basis Grey cardstock, a stitched flag from Basis Black cardstock, and the letters I needed from Basis White cardstock.

If you’re a crafter that’s also a Rae Dunn fan, I bet you’re getting pretty excited right now! This die set is from Neat & Tangled and is called Journalling Alphas.

I cut the alphas twice to get some extra letters, then I heat embossed my sentiment with white detail embossing powder on the black cardstock strip. Apologies for the dust – that’s from the anti-static pouch I used before stamping. It’s pretty much mandatory for a clean image embossed on dark paper.

To put together the sentiment piece, I layered the black strip over the gray circle, then arranged “Dad” on top and adhered everything with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

When the embossing paste was dry (I helped it along with a little heat from a heat tool), I added some flecks of white by tapping a paintbrush over the cardstock and concentrated on the corner where I was going to add my sentiment.

The best white I’ve found that doesn’t sink into the paper and get dull as it’s drying is Pen White. I mix it with a drop or two of water to get a nice consistency.

To finish up, I trimmed 1/16″ around the background piece to clean up the edges, attached the sentiment with a few foam squares, then adhered the completed panel to a Basis White card base.

As always, feel free to click and scroll around for more fabulous projects by the Design Team, and don’t forget to leave some love in the comments!

Thanks for coming by today!

❤️  Niki • • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

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