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Handmade Greeting Card for Dad Tutorial

By Edited Jun 19, 2016 1 1

Dad greeting card tutorial

I find that getting good card making ideas for men can sometimes be a little tricky. Making my own greeting cards is fun but, like many other crafters I speak to, I struggle to come up with design inspiration for men.

This effective Dad idea has been a great hit that I've successfully applied to other occasions as well. It is very simple and easy to make. Although this particular alphabet design is clearly for Dad, you can use this method to make up other patterns based on short words and text that will easily stretch across a blank greeting card front.

What You Need to Make This Card

  • A blank greeting card or you can fold your own using a score board.
  • Your choice of patterned paper and colored card.
  • Scissors and adhesive such as glue sticks or pens.
  • A fine tip marker pen.
  • Small rubber stamp ink pad.
  • Embellishments to finish off the design.

1: Make the Dad Lettering

And a Backing Section for the Card Front

Dad letters cut out to use for a card

You may have a craft cutter machine such as a Sizzix or Cricut where you can cut out large letters. However it is not necessary to have a cutting machine to create this simple design. You need the letters D a d which you can either print out from a word processing package, draw freehand or use a craft stencil. Whichever method you use to get your lettering, you need the letters to fill up a good section of the card front.

I made my letters using my cutting machine along with some patterned scrapbook paper. I then temporarily fixed the letters over the top of some plain brown Bazzill card. I then drew around the letters about 0.5 inches away from all the edges to create a solid color backing piece.

Making the Lettering Yourself in Word Software

If you have a program such as Word or Open Office on your computer, open it up and type your wording on a new page with a break or two between each letter. Highlight the word and enlarge the font size so it fills over half the width. If the maximum size is not large enough, you can normally type a larger size into the box and press enter to apply.

You can experiment with choosing a different style font. Remember that whatever you pick, you need to easily cut each letter out. You may need to experiment before you find the right size and style for printing.

Once you are happy, print the letters on some card and cut them out to use as stencils for tracing around. Adults can cut out inner portions of lettering using a craft knife over a cutting mat.

2: Ink Around the Edges of the Letters

Inking around lettering

I used some mini rubber stamp ink pads to carefully apply some color around the edges of the letters. This method was also applied to edge the backing card in a darker, black ink. This technique stops the lettering from looking flat and it makes them pop out more when they are on the card front.

To apply the ink, you just lightly swipe the sides or edges of the paper gently with the surface of the pad. Allow the ink to dry or you may smear it over the paper.

3: Draw on Faux Stitching with a Fine Pen

Drawing pen stitch marks around lettering

Adding in detail makes handmade cards look more polished and professional. I love to add faux stitching around the inside edges of lettering with a fine tipped marker pen. I used a Marvy Le Plume pen to make these small lines in a dark brown color.

These particular double-ended pens can also be used for rubber stamping with instead of your regular ink pads. They are extremely versatile and that's why they are a favorite of mine to use. 

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4: Stick the Backing to a Greeting Card Front

Sticking the backing paper onto the card blank

Stick the solid card backing that you made earlier to the front of a blank greeting card. I chose a pale cream blank card which works well with the colors I've used. It also provides a good contrast with the backing. This particular wording works best on a landscape or horizontal shaped card. However, you could use a tall card and have the text flowing downwards instead.

5: Glue on the Paper Letters

Cutting the Dad greeting card

Stick the cut letter pieces on top in the positions where they should go to spell out the word Dad. You can see how these paper cut letters in this pastel blue and green pattern really pop against the solid chocolate-brown backing. A good contrast makes the letters really stand out more.

I also carefully snipped out some small sections from the greeting card blank to mimic the outline of the wording. This makes the front of the card a bit more interesting although you need to take care not to cut completely down the fold. Lastly I rubbed some brown craft chalk at the sides for a soft edge look.

Finish Off Your Design with Embellishments

Dad birthday or Father's Day card

To stop the design from looking too flat, it's a good idea to add some extra detail by using embellishments. I chose a few little tags that are held in place with a brad. A couple of ribbons tied together add in some interest on the other side. 

This makes a fun and fairly simple card that you can make for the man in your life. You can use this idea for Father’s Day, Dad's birthday or for other times too. Change up the wording to suit many other occasions when you feel short of inspiration. Short words and sentiments can make some brilliant designs for greeting cards. [1]

Image Credits: The introductory image belongs to the author, Marie Williams Johnstone. All other images (unless watermarked with the author’s name) are product photos from Amazon.



Sep 2, 2016 8:20am
Wow, this was a really cool idea. The faux stitch effect is looking absolutely awesome. And I couldn't agree more with you, apt designs for men can be really tricky. Thanks for sharing this, I really loved it a lot.
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  1. Marie Williams Johnstone "Alphabet Die Cut Card Making Designs." Crafty Marie. 14/12/2015 <Web >

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