Have a car-loving Dad or father figure? let him know that you appreciate all he has done for you! Whether it be oil changes or teaching you to drive, making a handmade card is sure to make him smile. Today we’re going to show you how to make a classic car-themed Father’s Day card. Follow along with this easy tutorial and add your own creativity and personalization. Plus, this timeless design can be adapted for birthdays, thank yous, and so much more! Get ready to grab your scissors, markers, and paper cutters and start crafting up an unforgettable car-themed greeting card to go with an incredible Father's Day gift!
Make a Classic Car Father's Day Card - Tutorial
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Make Your Own Classic Car Father's Day Card
1. Choose a color pallet
First, decide on the color pallet you want to use for this project. We are using red and black for a high-contrast classic style. However, if these colors don't speak to you, you can choose any color pallet you want!
2. Gather and prepare your materials
To get started, gather all of your materials so you have them accessible. Place them onto a craft mat or paper to protect your surface. If you have a Cricut machine, use the Cricut cuts - You're a Classic Free SVG file to download your stamp die cuts. Lastly, select and cut your base card paper and layering paper choices to size.
3. Create a background car pattern
Once we have our paper cut to size, we are first going to create the classic car background pattern. To do this we are stamping with white pigment ink. Pigment ink dries slower and the color is very saturated. This makes it ideal for heat embossing, a technique we will be using in this project. Be sure to stamp off paper for a seamless pattern design.
Using clear stamps is easy, simply peel your stamp from it backing sheet and place it onto an acrylic stamp block. The photopolymer is slightly tacky, so your stamp can easily stick and be removed from your stamp block. Next, ink your stamp by daubing the ink pad on top of the stamp and firmly and evenly pressing it down onto your paper.
Tip: Don't press your ink pad too firmly onto your stamp or it may become over-saturated. We recommend lightly tapping until you have a thin even coat of ink on your stamp. Always do a test stamp first on scrap paper.
3. Emboss the background pattern
Now that your background pattern is stamped, sprinkle embossing powder over the ink. Note: this is why pigment ink works best, because of its slow-drying nature, the powder will better adhere to the ink. Next, tap the excess powder off onto a separate paper so that it can be funneled back into the embossing powder container.
Tip: Use a small paint brush to remove stubborn embossing powder in areas you don't want it to be. Remember that anywhere the powder lies, it will cure during the heating process.
Finally, use a heat tool in a circular motion about 6 inches away to finalize the embossing process. You'll see the powder melt and become more shiny. This is when you know the embossing process is complete.
4. Stamp and create additional designs
Now we are going to create the top layer of the greeting card design. Cut two circles, one with white card stock and one with your patterned paper of choice. Cut the white circle a little smaller than your patterned paper so that the circle appears to have a nice border around it. Glue the two circles together.
Next, stamp the featured car either directly onto the white circle or if you used a Cricut cut stamp die, place the design onto its matching die cut. We chose red pigment ink to match our color scheme.
5. Assemble the card
At this point, you have your pattern background, red stamped car, and the circle paper with a border. Now it's time to layer your design and assemble the card. We added an additional layer behind our stamped pattern that matches the same paper in our circle border to create a second border framing our patterned background layer. Glue those two pieces together.
Next, center your circle and stamped car and glue each of these elements down. Be sure to place all of your elements together on your card to ensure the layout and look you want before you start gluing pieces down. We recommend using a glue runner as it is quick, easy, and mess-free.
The last step is to stamp and place your greeting onto the card. We added some extra sequins into the design to give it some extra flair. This step is optional, or you could choose a different embellishment for your design.
Tip: Use styrofoam adhesive dots to add a 3-dimensional look to your design elements. You may wish to create depth with your circle, car image, or your greeting message.
Crafting unique cards for special occasions is always a great way to show that you care! Father's Day is the perfect opportunity for creative card-making. In this tutorial, you learned how to use colorful paper layering, specially chosen patterns, and heat embossing to make your card look truly unique! Practice these tips and techniques on other cards you make and share them with us using #STAMPWITHUS.
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