DIY Holiday: Make Your Own Custom Card for Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching, skip the store-bought card this year and design your own instead! In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a quick, easy and fun Father’s Day card using patterned papers, dies and stamps.

Supplies used to make this card

DIY Father’s Day card tutorial

Materials you’ll need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Suit and Tie Die-namics from My Favorite Things
  • Card stock
  • Stamps with Father’s Day sentiments
  • Ink
  • Foam tape (optional)

Note: I have this great 6″ x 6″ patterned paper pack from Basic Grey and this fun set of Suit and Tie Die-namics from My Favorite Things that I want to create some fun patterned die cuts with. If you don’t have this die set, you can use an electronic die cutting machine if you have one, or cut by hand. I prefer the convenience and ease of use with metal dies so that’s what I’ve used here. All the card stock, inks and stamps are also from My Favorite Things.

Die cut ties from patterned paper

Step 1:

For the first set I ran three pieces of patterned paper through my manual die cut machine using the large tie and knot dies. With thinner papers like this I was able to stack all three papers together and run them through the machine at the same time, getting six die cuts (three ties and three knots) in one pass. I did this a second time to get three more “partial” ties that you see here — set those aside for later.

Stamping card stock with linen background stamp

Step 2:

I next trimmed a piece of Natural card stock to slightly smaller than my card and stamped it with the Linen background stamp and Natural dye ink.

Adding foam tape to backs of die cut ties

Step 3:

I added foam tape to the backs of the ties and knots. You can skip this step if you want your card flat for mailing, but I like the extra dimension the foam tape gives.

Adhering ties to stamped card stock

Step 4:

When adhering the ties to the stamped card stock, I find it easiest to adhere the middle item, then line up the ones on either side. Once they were in place, I added the knots.

Stamping the sentiment

Step 5:

I stamped my “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment (from MFT’s Clearly Sentimental About Father’s stamp set) onto a narrow strip of Whip Cream card stock with Hot Fudge (a deep brown) ink. I positioned my sentiment closer to the middle of the card stock strip.

Wrapping the sentiment strip and adding foam tape

Step 6:

I then wrapped the sentiment strip around the card front and secured it with tape. Again you could skip adding the foam tape, but I have a bit of an obsession with it!

Adhere panel to card base

Step 7:

I then adhered my finished panel to the card base that’s A2 size. You could be done here, but I like to finish the insides of my card as well.

Finishing the inside of the card

Step 8:

I stamped another sentiment with the CS About Father’s stamp set onto a strip of Whip Cream card stock with Hot Fudge ink, then adhered the three partial die cut ties that I cut earlier.

Finished Father's Day Card

All finished! You could get creative and die cut the ties from plain card stock and stamp different images on them, or use really bright patterned papers to make crazy ties. And by simply switching out the sentiments, this card could also be great as a “thinking of you” card, a thank you card or even a birthday card for that special guy in your life.

Inside of finished card

If you don’t already add something to the inside of your cards I really hope you’ll try it out. It’s a habit to immediately open a card to see what’s on the inside, so to me a card never feels finished until I’ve added something — whether it be a sentiment, a stamped image, a die cut or a combination of the three.

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Do you always finish the inside of your cards?

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