Monday, July 13, 2020

The Man, The Myth, The Legend Card

I wanted to make a masculine Father's Day card for my husband, but I couldn't find stamps that I really loved. It was time to start digging into my stash to see if I could come up with something without buying more stuff. I pulled out my Graphic 45 gear die and some large alpha dies from my stash. I knew I could make this work. Our daughter has always called my husband Da. Not Daddy. Not Dad. Not Father. "Da." It stuck and she's been calling him Da since she was able to talk (almost 20 years!) Try finding a Da stamp! My alpha dies would definitely come in handy for this card! 

Continue reading for instructions on how to make this card

I used white cardstock to die cut the gear background. To make the gears look rusty I used a combination of black soot, walnut stain, rusty hinge & vintage photo Distress Inks. I used a Tim Holtz blending tool to dab each color onto the die cut gears, alternating the colors until I was satisfied with the results. It's a very easy technique. Don't be afraid to dive right in! What's the worst that can happen? To give the gears a chunky, rusty look I used  Ranger Mixed Media Powder in Hammer. I did a little bit at a time because I didn't want every gear completely covered in embossing powder.

Look at those cool looking rusty gears. Just a few minutes ago they were plain white paper gears!

You can see that only some parts of each die have the chunky look of rust. I wanted some of the Distress Inks to be visible on the gears. Don't be afraid to play around with this technique. You really can't make a mistake. It's a very cool technique and adds a great element to those gear dies.

On to the title. I knew I wanted to use the phrase "The Man, The Myth, The Legend" on this card, so I went into Word and typed up the sentiment and printed it on kraft cardstock. I cut these into 3 small strips. To make them look aged and grungy, I used the same Distress Inks to give them that look. I dabbed each color sparingly going back over the strips of paper with each color until I was satisfied with the look. Don't forget to ink those edges!

I die cut DA out of kraft cardstock and repeated the same process.The brick paper was in my stash waiting to be used on this card. It was way too pristine looking for this card so I used the Distress Inks to tie it into the rest of the card. I attached the strips of paper and DA with adhesive foam dots to give the card dimension. Ta-Da (pun intended!) a custom Father's Day card with stuff I found in my stash. My husband loved the card and he's not a card person (I know!)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope my card inspires you to use supplies from your stash. Sometimes the best cards are made with just a few simple things from your craft room.


  • Graphic 45 Regular Tag & Gears Die Set

  • Distress Inks: black soot, walnut stain, rusty hinge, vintage photo

  • Ranger Mixed Media Powder: Hammered

  • Tim Holtz Blending Tool

  • Kraft Cardstock

  • White Cardstock

  •  Brick Paper

  • Computer Generated Title

  • Adhesive Foam Dots

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