Father’s Day Card Tutorial

Today’s card features my all-time favorite stamp so far, from Stampin’ Up! called Sheltering Tree.  This stamp set is so versatile and you can use it for any occasion.  I wanted to create a simple, yet elegant card for Father’s Day.  The card that I designed today is really beautiful but it is also very easy to make.  Please watch the video below and see for yourself. I have listed the supplies I used here on my Blog but for instructions to make the card, please refer to my YouTube video.

Supplies I used:

Sheltering Tree Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! & Fahter’s Day Paper Pumpkin Stamp

Look Up to Father Stamp Set from Stampin Up

Whisper White card stock 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock – cut at 5 1/2 (to get two pieces of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2)

Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper – 5 1/4 x 4

Whisper White card stock – 5 x 3 3/4

Labels Framelits

Wood grain embossing folder

Early Espresso Stampin Pad

Pistachio Pudding and Wild Wasabi Stampin Pads

Memento Tuxedo Black Stampin Pad

Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell
Created by Maria Russell

I hope you found the video helpful and hope to see what you create.  Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there, and happy crafting!

Screen/Panel Card

I am so happy to be chosen as one of the many talented monthly contributors for Diecut Crazy Magazine and this screen panel card below, is my first project submission. Our theme for the month of July is “Summer”. I have to admit that I was just a bit perplexed. I didn’t have any stamp sets with a summer theme. The majority of my dies are for Halloween, fall, Christmas and spring. I had to look back at some of my past projects and for some reason I couldn’t find any inspiration that would perfectly describe summer.

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In my opinion, summer is all about spending quality time with my husband and kids, traveling around, barbecues, loving the longer daylight, playing with pinwheels, kites, picking flowers, bird-watching and just generally enjoying the great outdoors! So I decided to capture these moments and showcase it through this Screen/Panel Card. The sentiment that I used for this card is exactly what summer is all about ~ it doesn’t have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL!

Supplies and Tools I used:

Screen/Panel Card – 6 x 12 Card Stock (on the 12-inch side, score at 3 inches, 6 and 9). This will create the screen.

All Four Panels (Card Stock)

Bottom Layer: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
Middle Layer: 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Top Layer: 2 1/4″ x 4″

Stamp Sets – Perfect Pennants Stamp set, For the Birds Stamp set, Sweetie Pie Stamp set

Pinwheel sizzlit die
Decorative Punch (I used this punch to create the “legs” of the screen)
Petite petals punch
Banner Punch
Spellbinders Cherry Blossom Die
Fanciful Wings embosslits
Banners Framelits Dies
Grass Die (taken from the Garden Bench Pop it Ups Die)
Rhinestones
Brown Embossing Powder
Copic Markers
Bahama Breeze Memento Ink
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Xyron Sticker Maker (I used this to adhere the branch and grass die cuts to my project ~ it makes my life a lot easier!)
Glue dots and stampin dimensionals

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Thanksgiving Blessings Mix

Make this Thanksgiving Blessings Mix and explain to your kids the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

This little treat box contains the following:

Bugles ~ shaped like a Cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation’s abundance.
Pretzels ~ arms filed in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy Corn ~ sacrifice of the Pilgrims’ first winter; settlers survived on a few kernels of corn a day.
Nuts or Seeds ~ promise of a future harvest, reaped only if seeds are tended with diligence.
Dried Fruit ~ harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
M&Ms ~ the memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.
Hershey’s Kiss ~ the love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

Materials used:

Very Vanilla Card Stock – Item No. 124301 – 6 x 6

Envelope Punch Board – Item No. 133774

Circle Punch – (from itty bitty shapes)  – Item No. 118309

Tombow nono-multi-Glue – Item No. 110755

Wonderfall Stamp Set – Item NO. 128087

Tags 4 You Stamp Set – Item No. 131823

I hope you enjoy this video and create this special little treat box for your family and friends.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!