This year I finally got a head start on Father’s Day, and ended up with enough time to construct a home-made card. I really liked how it turned out, and wanted to share the how-to with others who might wish to adapt it for their own card creating.
I started out with the desire to use some of my security envelope tints in a craft, and use them for inspiration and materials. I have a lot of black and white envelope patterns, so I started with a black and white color scheme.
- Start with a collection of envelope security tints/patterns. You know, the patterned interiors of envelopes like bank statements. (I wanted to create something from my saved patterns, for sustainability purposes, but any decorative paper will do. If you have scrapbooking paper you could select fun papers to go with you theme. For example, baby themed decorative papers for a baby shower card.)
- Then select a few photos related to your card. For my purposes, I chose childhood pictures of my dad and I.
- Scan the photos and change them to grayscale. Print small versions of the grayscale photos, about business card size.
(If you decided to use different colored security tints, you could filter the photo colors to match. For example, make the photos monochromatic blue value to match blue envelope patterns.)
- Take a piece of cardstock or other heavy paper and fold it in half, hamburger style, for the base of your card.
- Sketch out a geometric design on the card with pencil, making sure to a few rectangles the same size as your selected photos. The photos should be placed in a pleasing composition with spaces for patterns in between, so you might find it helpful to lay out the photos first, and then sketch lines around them. This geometric design should look something like a quilt or a stained-glass window.
- Paste your grayscale photos into their spots with a glue stick.
- Begin cutting your envelope patterns into rectangles corresponding to the spaces you sketched out before. It’s ok if they don’t fit exactly, because the pencil lines will be covered as long as the pieces butt-up against each other. I used a paper-cutter for convenient and precise straight edges. For aesthetic purposes, try to choose places for your patterns in such a way that none of the same patterns touch.
- Glue the pattern squares into place, trimming where necessary. Don’t worry if the edges aren’t perfect, so long as the gaps are less than a quarter of an inch.
- Then take a piece of black construction paper and cut thin strips of the same width. I found 1/4 inch to be a good size for my purposes. These will become the borders between your squares.
- Cut your black paper strips to size so that they fit along all the borders of the card and where pattern squares meet. Trim as needed and glue them down to finish your design, making sure to cover any gaps between the rectangles.
- If you haven’t yet, you can repeat the process on the back of the card, though this is optional.
- Finish with a personalized message on the inside. For mine I wrote a Fathers Day message.
Belated happy Father’s Day to everyone!