Happy Father’s Day

There was no Saturday Crafty Afty session this week so I thought I would just share with you a couple of things I have been playing about with this week.

I started the week with an idea for a card I wanted to make for my dad  and as the Clarity Challenge this month is “masculine” I thought I would incorporate that into the mix and just use Clarity stamps.

So here is my thought process through the week on how my card developed.

First the backgroundIMAG0926

I wanted a sepia vintage feel and played around with distress inks and Clarity masks and stencils onto the back of some hammered effect cream card.. Think that will do

Next the focal point

IMAG0928The balloon was stamped out 4 times onto craft card , twice using gold embossing powder and twice with a brown embossing powder. then cut, layered and then played a bit more with the distress inks.

Now to give the card a bit of depth

IMAG0929This a a Tonic square frame that I have stuck some torn pieces of tissue paper too. Now to finish it, it just needs some matt medium though a dotty stencil for some texture, watered down acrylic paint, distress inks and last but not least – yes, had to get it in somewhere, gilding wax.

Now this did start off with the intention of being my Dad’s Father’s Day Card but, when my daughter saw what I had done she suggested that it might be better as his birthday card.

Thats when  the light bulb went on, yes she was right! It is my Dad’s 80th in October

So stamped out some letters using the letterbox kit  with  potting soil Archival and the distress inks again

and one birthday card sorted


and made into an easel card


Now I just have to make his Fathers Day card, again.

He is waiting for a hip replacement op at the moment, so his mobility is  not so good but he is managing to keep up some of his chores, like feeding the birds and has apparently got to know some of them quite well now. A rat was also spotted in the garden and it took him a whole afternoon trying to sort that out.At least it gave him something to do.

This is just to explain the reasoning behind the card I finally made him for Fathers day

IMAG0938IMAG0940Can you spot the rat? hehe it was Jenna’s idea and the only way i could manage it was to stamp out a fox from clarity’s woodland set and make a few adjustments.




  1. Love the Father’s Day card that became a birthday easel card! It is lovely and love the ‘bird’ box with the lurking rat. How clever is that to modify a fox into a rat??!! Hope all goes well for your Dad when he finally gets to have his operation, hope e doesn’t have to wait too long.

  2. I love the box! What a great idea!!

  3. Naomi Mahon

    Fantastic card, love all the details, the layers etc. Thanks for entering the Clarity Challenge and good luck.

  4. Gorgeous Fathers Day card, and I love the way you created your background. A perfect masculine card and perfect for our challenge….thanks for joining in….Jo. X

  5. Lisa

    Both are amazing Julie, tho your dad’s Birthday card is pretty spectacular x

  6. Linda Page

    Julie – how fabulous I love it lots of details and definitely more fitting for his 80th birthday . thanks for entering and good luck xx

  7. Fab projects!
    Mandy x

  8. I do love a good bit of blending and you have definitely done that. Great Card. thank you for entering our Clarity Challenge. xx

  9. Kathleen Grantham

    Julie this is a lovely card for your Dad great ideas thanks for posting

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