Last weekend’s TPK blog post was a birthday card tutorial, so in the name of variation, I was planning on writing about something completely non-card related today. Then, I happened to look at my calendar and realized that Father’s Day is this Sunday, and I hadn’t made a Father’s Day card yet — whoops! As a result, I immediately got to work on a piece and took photos to create this tutorial as I went.
Before I begin, I’d like to say that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Father’s Day card. I know this because I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest, and all I ran into were grilling-, fishing-, and toolbox-themed cards. While I can understand the appeal of those themes, I wanted to design a card featuring elegant masculinity … something that uses patterns and colors that would appeal to a lot of dads, not just those that are “into” stereotypically manly pastimes. I hope that I have achieved that with this card, and that you enjoy making one like it!
To start, fold a piece of black card stock in half to make a card. The size is irrelevant; whatever size you want it to be is perfect! My card happens to be 4.25″ x 6.25″ when folded (108 mm x 159 mm).
Next, cut out a piece of 70-80 lb. drawing paper (or white card stock). This piece of paper should be 0.25″ smaller than your folded black card is. Effectively, my paper measures 4″ x 6″ (102 mm x 152 mm).
Once your paper has been cut out, use a ruler and a fine-tipped permanent marker or pen to create a series of sets of parallel diagonal lines. It doesn’t matter how close the lines in a set are to each other; some can be very close together, while others may be farther. The orientation of each set should be varied such that some lines are perfectly horizontal, others slant up, and still others slant down. Using a parallel glider makes creating lines like these a bit easier!
When all the line sets have been drawn, use the same pen to make densely-spaced diagonal lines inside a few of a few of the sets.
Then, use the same pen or a black marker to completely fill in a handful of the line sets.
Grab a gray marker or colored pencil, and use it to fill in some of the sets with gray.
Next, find an olive green colored pencil or marker and fill in the rest of the line sets with green.
To finish up the coloring process, use black watercolor (with a high concentration of water) to fill in half of the remaining open spaces on the paper. The result should look something like the photo below:
Once the paint is dry, use a glue stick or another adhesive to affix the artwork to the front of the black card. Try to center the artwork to the best of your ability!
At this point, you’ll want to use a white pen (such as a Sakura Gellyroll) to write a nice Father’s Day message inside the card.
The Tag and Sash
Once you’ve finished the card portion of the project, it’s time to move on to making the tag and sash. First, you’ll want to focus on the tag. To make it, start by cutting out a small rectangle of black card stock; the piece shown here is 2.5″ x 2.25″ (63.5 mm x 57 mm). Then, cut out a small rectangle of 70-80 lb. drawing paper or white card stock. This new rectangle should be 0.25″ (6.35 mm) smaller than the black rectangle; effectively, the white rectangle shown here is 2.25″ x 2″ (57 mm x 51 mm).
Next, use the hand-lettering style of your choice to write “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” on the white paper rectangle. I opted to use George Style Lettering because it corresponds with the diagonal lines in the card.
Affix the white rectangle to the black rectangle; try to center the white rectangle as best you can.
Now, cut out two long, skinny pieces of the same paper you used to make the white rectangle. The pieces should be about 0.25″ (6.35 mm) wide by 11″ (279 mm) long; if they are too long, you can always trim a little bit off.
Use tape to affix the two thin strips of paper to the back of the “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” tag. Make sure the strips are evenly spaced and parallel!
Fold the sash around the card. Keep an eye on the front of the card as you are folding; you want to make sure the tag is in the center! Once everything is centered, you can glue the ends of the sash together. (If you would like more information about how to fold/make paper sashes like this one, you might be interested in reading Paper Belly Bands: Three Simple Tutorials.)
Flip the card over and admire your handiwork — you’ve just made a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day card!
As with most TPK card tutorials, this concept could be modified to fit several holidays; it’s all about what you decide to write in that little white rectangle! That said, I love the strong, bold lines in this design, and I think the masculine artwork and George Style lettering makes it perfect for Father’s Day. If you have any questions about the tutorial, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments! Thank you, thank you for reading TPK, and enjoy the rest of your day!