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June 12, 2013

Picture Perfect Cards & Gifts For Father's Day


Hello Fabulous G45ers,

Father's Day is just around the corner! There's still time to create a special handmade treasure for the dad in your life! Father's Day is a wonderful holiday to celebrate dads, grandparents and more! It is an opportunity to express your love and gratitude for all that they've contributed to your life! Why not take the time to create a beautiful handmade card or gift with Graphic 45! It's the perfect way to show you care! Today we have three gorgeous crafts and tutorials that are sure to give you some fabulous ideas! We've got French Country card creations and tutorials by Annette Green and Susan Lui. There's also a beautiful gift card holder and tutorial by Karen Shady! Get ready for an incredible day of inspiration and fun!

We begin this amazing day with this gorgeous French Country Father's Day card and tutorial by Annette. This card is so wonderfully sophisticated with it's gorgeous colors and lovely layers! This card is so much fun to make and it's guaranteed to make dad smile! Follow along with Annette's fabulous tutorial to create this very special Father's Day card!




12 x 12 Signature Series cardstock

6 x 6 French Country Patterns & Solids pack

12 x 12 French Country paper pack

Graphic 45 metal key

French Country Cardstock Alphabet Stickers



Die-cuts from Tim Holtz Fleur-de-lis and Eiffel Tower Alterations Die


1. Cut a card base from black cardstock for a 5 x 7” card.

2. Cut two coordinating pattern paper pieces (from French Country 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids) 3” x 4 3/4” each and adhere to top and bottom portion of the card front. Then cut a Carte Postale image from the French Country 12 x 12 paper pack and adhere to center of card.





3. Create a unit:

    • Cut red cardstock 1 1/2” x 4 3/4” and pattern paper at 1 1/4” x 4 3/4”

    and adhere together.

    • From blue cardstock die-cut image of a fleur-de-lis and ink edges

    • Using ribbon (or faux leather material) weaved through a buckle and adhere to

    the paper unit, tucking the fleur-de-lis behind it. Add a metal key to the fleur-de-lis

    using Tacky Glue.




4. Adhere the unit to the card front.



5. From black cardstock, die-cut an Eiffel Tower shape and adhere to card using foam tape. Cut the postage image from French Country 12 x 12 paper and add DAD stickers, then pop up with foam tape in lower right corner of card. Finish the card with a gray colored satin ribbon tied into a large bow. Adhere with Tacky Glue.




Next we have another gorgeous French Country Father's Day card and tutorial! This superb card was created by Susan and it's filled with rustic charm and beauty. You can see how Susan used paper distressing and pretty embellishment layering techniques to create this joyful work of art. Follow along with her fun tutorial to create this sweet treasure for your dad! Take it away, Susan!


Here’s a Father’s Day Card I created using Graphic 45’s French Country collection and Graphic 45 Staples.










Graphic 45 French Country Sunflower, Rendezvous and Promenade patterned papers

Graphic 45 French Country Chipboard 2

Graphic 45 French Country Flowers

Graphic 45 French Country Tags & Pockets

Graphic 45 Place In Time January Foundation patterned paper

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys

May Arts Ribbon

A heart-shaped doily

Small brads

Some twine




1. Cut a 6x12 inch sheet from the Place In Time Foundation patterned paper, ink the edges and fold it in half. This will be the base of your card. Cut a 6x6 inch square from the Sunflower patterned paper and distress the edges.


2.  Attach the Sunflower patterned paper to the Foundation paper, followed by the heart-shaped doily.


3.  Cut out a flower motif from the Promenade patterned paper. Select the small blue envelope from the Tags & Pockets and construct the envelope. Now place the fussy cut flower and the envelope on the card as shown.


4. Cut a short strip of blue denim ribbon and lay it across the card, snipping dovetails into both ends. Place the black & white die cut flower over the ribbon as shown.


5. Adhere the Ornate Metal Key Hole to the flower on the card. Now assemble the red and green flowers using pop dots and top this off with the small black chipboard circle. Adhere this onto the corner of the Metal Ornate Key Hole.


6.  Write “Happy Father’s Day” on to a thin strip of Rendezvous patterned paper and dove tail one end of the strip. Adhere this to the card using small brads.


Your completed Father’s Day Card:


Last but not least are these gorgeous gift card holders by Karen featuring Bird Song and A Proper Gentleman. This is the perfect way to add personalized pizazz to any Father's Day gift! Karen created some great instructions that explains how these sweet creations were made. Create your own unique expression of love this Father's Day with Graphic 45! Take it away, Karen!

These cards are so quick and easy to make. You can use any envelope as the template, from large business sized envelopes, to small, specialty ones, like you would use for wedding invitations. I have designed some that can open up, so as you can place your sentiment inside, or, in this case, enclose a gift card, then others can be sealed closed, with the sentiment written on the back.


Graphic 45 Father's Day Bird Song Gift Card Holder Karen Shady







Bird song: Joy luck patterned paper, 8x8 paper pad: Jasmine dream, Tags #1

Olde curiosity shoppe: Butterfly specifics

Renaissance Faire: Tags

             other: metal brads, double sided tape, hessian (burlap) foam tape, dimensional magic.


Graphic 45 Father's Day Gift Card Holder Proper Gentleman Karen Shady





1. Using your chosen envelope as a template, open out, and trace onto the reverse of your chosen paper, cut on trace lines

2. Again using your envelope as a guide, score the fold lines.

3. Adhere double sided tape along the flaps, and close your envelope as shown

3. Using the top flap as a guide, trim a piece of hessian to size, and adhere underneath flap. Again, using the top flap as a guide, trim a coordinating piece of paper, to cover the hessian under the flap.

4. Decorate your envelope using a variety of G45 metal staples, and fussy cut images.

5. I have used a tiny press stud adhered under the flap to hold the card closed.

We hope you all enjoyed today's very special Graphic 45 blog post. We have more fun and excitement in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Big thanks to Annette, Susan and Karen for their superb crafts and tutorials today. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for stopping by! We wish you all a very wonderful Wednesday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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These are absolutely STUNNING!!! I love them!

I am hurrying to the shop today to scraplift the father's day card. I really want to make it for my husband and put a note in the envelope to let him know what a good father and grandfather he is. Thanks so much!

Thanks for the card instructions they will come in handy for many occasions


Thank you for your inspiration!!!

Love the card & Karen's idea is so cool. Great tutes too. TFS :))

Very cool! I especially like the envelopes. Thanks for the tutorial!


Wonderful inspiring projects today!!

Wonderful cards and great tutorials. Thank You.

Beautiful. I love all the projects!

Beautiful projects!! My fav is that envelope!!

How awesome is the burlap on the card flap? Thank you so much for the inspiration. Thanks also for the opportunity to win such a great G45 prize package!

You are right with the blog header: Perfect cards and gifts for Father's Day.

I am definitely making similar cards to these! Thanks for the inspiration!

I love the envelope inspiration, thank you!

love the dad projects!

The gift card holder with Butterflies on it is GORGEOUS! I love the colors! They are stunning! The cards are also wonderful! Dad would love to receive any o these stunning cards or gift card holders! TFS!

Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

Such pretty cards!

Amazing inspiration!!

Love the idea of the gift card holder. Would be great for X'Mas and birthdays too.

Gorgeous cards!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Such amazing card ideas! You all rock!

Wow! I love all of these cards.

Great cards. Absolutely perfect.

These cards are inspirational. Need to get busy....and make mine. Thanks

Wow - love these Father's Day cards - thanks for the inspiration! Judy D.

Thank you so much for this grea Thank you so much for this great tutorial.

The projects are great. I just hope I can remember all of these ideas until I can put them to use.

Thank you for the wonderful ideas using the beautiful, masculine papers for Father's Day and for special occasions for the guys in my life.

Any Dad would be thrilled to get one of those cards. It means more to them knowing it was made special and is one of a kind.

These cards are just the right look for Father's Day. I never would have thought of using flowers and a lace heart for this occasion, but it does seem to work. Thanks for the ideas!

inspiration! great envelopes!

Fabulous cards from Annette and Susan, and Karen's gift card holders are just great!
Alison x

The burlap added to the envelope is very cool!

Love all of these cards! My favorite is the fleur de lis it is stunning!

Both cards are very nice! Yeah! I have French Country and lace hearts!

all the cards are great! thanks for the incentive and products to create.

I had to copy these to Word and save them. These are must-makes. Thanks!

Inspired, fired up, and ready to create! I'm always amazed by the projects made with Graphic 45!

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