Tuesday, March 11, 2014

These are for Dad

Crafty friends,

Mary here today with the first of two Dad cards.   I'm I allow to say that I LOVE how this card turned out. Well, I am :)  You get to see the card here first, but I'm going save it and give it to my Father-In-Law for Father's Day.  

For this card I used four pieces of coordinating pattern paper and some brown card stock for my tag.  I took my favorite dad die, the Sweet Spots #1 Dad and die cut it out of brown polka dot pattern paper.  I used nesting circle dies to create the rest of my layer circle element.   Next I die cut two of the Sweet Phrases Just For You using the same brown polka dot pattern paper.  I layer small pieces of the same yellow line pattern paper behind the Sweet Phrases Just For You die cuts and I positioned the two Sweet Phrases Just For You die cuts next to each other over the tag on dimensional squares.

For my second card, I used the same background pattern paper, but this time I paired it with a wood grain pattern paper.   I just can't seem to stop using wood grain pattern paper lately :)

The wood grain  pattern paper gave me the idea to make my die cuts look like inlay work.  This technique takes a little more planning, but it's not hard at all.   I started by getting my card base ready.  Next I determined what size my wood grain element would be... I knew I wanted to mat it, so I took that into consideration.   I cut my dark brown mat and wood grain  pattern papers to size.  

When I was ready to die cut,  I placed the wood grain pattern paper on my cutting mat and positioned the dies where I wanted them... remembering to keep the pattern side facing the dies.  Now I had wood grain positive and negative die cuts of the Sweet Spots #1 Dad die and the Whispers Medal die. 

Next I took dark brown pattern paper and die cut another set of the Sweet Spots #1 Dad die and the Whispers Medal die.  Die placement for these cuts wasn't important, but to save paper I used the center of the paper piece I was using to mat the wood grain pattern paper.   

Once I had my two sets of die cuts.  I inlaid the die cuts pieces.  Come closer... just between you and me, while working on the inlay I broke the #1 dad circle, but I "fixed" it by gluing a tiny twine bow :)  

Well, those are my cards for today.  I hope I have inspired you to make a few cards of your own and maybe even share them with us on our Die-Versions Facebook page.

Just a reminder... our blog hop with OWH goes until midnight Pacific time, Saturday, March 15th, so it's not to late to leave your comments on the blog hop post (click here).

Until next time.


  1. Great cards Mary!! I love how you paired the #1 Dad with the other dies!!

  2. These are both fabulous, Mary!! I love how you've used the dies!! The papers are awesome!! Love them!!

  3. Your cards are amazing you sure did one great creative job. Love how you used the new dies and your paper choices are awesome. You are such a talented gal.

  4. Mary, these are wonderful! Great showcasing of the OWH dies!!!