Our theme this month is Dads and Grads. Very timely since almost every family is celebrating Father’s Day or Graduation, or both.
Today my focus is on the Dads in our lives. Last year on my blog, I shared how Father’s Day came to be in this post, if you’d like to know how the celebration of fathers and father figures originated.
And here’s my card, featuring the adorable QT Patootie Boy in Dad’s Clothes. Perfect for a Father’s Day card, don’t you think?
I decided I wanted to make a shadow box card for this image and I’m glad I did because it showcases this image perfectly. I got the cut file, but then decided I would convert it to print only as I didn’t want to create too many layers inside the shadow box. I love the flexibility you get with these files.
Let me tell you a bit about how I made the card worthy of this cute l’il fella. I decided I wanted to make a larger 5″ x 7″ so I could keep the image a nice size. It’s easy to make it into a shadow box by placing a perforated line (or scoring with a bone folder) at 1/2″ and 1″ in from each side.
I created a series of circles, centered them on each edge and spaced them evenly, top to bottom.
And this is the end result. I added the image to the center and sent it to print and cut on Whisper White card stock.
To create the front piece, I simply copied the piece I made for the back and centered the image. Once centered, I did an offset of .25. I cut the front piece from Basic Gray card stock.
While I was still in the Offset window, I did another offset (of the offset) of .125 to create the band I have around the opening. I cut the band from Basic Black.
I used a digital patterned paper for the front panel and cut the same opening from that. I also reduced the pattern and cut the tie (3 pieces) from that. I took the colors cues from the paper to color QT’s suit and hair.
I added an appropriate greeting, also color coordinated to the digital paper just to add a little embellishment to the front.
For the back, I wanted to create a sentiment to play off the image. This is what I decided upon, using the Andy font and printing it in black. I also used the shoes from the image in the corner to bring the point home about the shoes. I layered it on a slightly larger mat of the same dark gray I used on the front.
If you haven’t made a shadowbox card previously, this is what it looks like open (looking down from the top); however, it folds flat for mailing. It’s a great way to add impact to a card without a lot of work. If you don’t have an e-cutter, you could still make a shadow box by creating an opening with a die or punch.
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