When it comes to making cards for men, it can seem like all you do is repeat the same style & theme constantly. This is particularly true for my woodsmen father-in-law, I think nearly every card &/or gift in 10 years has been wood or tool themed. I was desperate to do something new when my husband reminded me that his family sailed a lot when he was a kid and those outings formed the man (& sailor) he is today. Then I was scrolling through my Cameo (.svg) files for something else & came across "You are my Anchor" design by Carta Bella so it seemed fitting to become the focus of this years father's day card. I printed out the design on canvas before cutting it out on my cameo. For the background I painted waves on a lt blue background & spread translucent texture paste through a dot fade stencil to create a sea look. Then I used some (Carta Bella) paper scraps I had on my desk to make triangles & sewed them into a circle.
**Entered @ Simon Says Stamp Wednesday "For A Guy" Challenge
My husband's card I left up to my (elder) children's design; my elder daughter wanted blue & hearts & my son wanted metallic gears. So for the background I embossed Silhouette Gold Foil in a Tim Holtz gear folder & then aged it with Archival Ink. The central heart is made of metal gears painted in picket fence & embossed with Rusty Hinge Distress Powder. The sentiment photographed darker then it really it is - simply stamped on manila scraps (that was colored with London Blue Dylusions & Vintage Photo Distress Stain).
Making Father's Day cards led me to thinking about my late maternal Grandpa & consequentially my Grandma. And of course one doesn't really ever need a reason to send a card, so I thought a little surprise mail would make her day. The background is embossed in a Craftwell herringbone folder & lightly splattered with Antique Gold Distress Paint. The cute hot air balloon is from Simon Says Stamp "Darling Friends" collection, colored with Cracked Pistachio/ Abandoned Coral/ Faded Jeans/ Vintage Photo/ Hickory Smoke Distress Markers then covered in a thin layer of Stickles & mounted on an Action Wobble Spring.