Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is another wonderful Father’s Day card featuring products from the New Horizons Suite and the Lighthouse Dies! Would you believe that sharing a card tutorial can also include some research? Google is definitely my best friend because if I’m not sure what specific parts are called (i.e.: boat, lighthouse, seashells, etc.) then I Google it! When I first started designing today’s card, I knew that I wanted to use a design from the New Horizons DSP and create my own lighthouse tower, or the base, I learned something new when I Googled “lighthouse colors”. Did you know that the color and/or stripes are based on the surroundings? Of course, there is so much more than that, but we will stay out of that rabbit hole, lol! When you are making your own card, you can create your own lighthouse any way you like, but I thought I would try and keep it a little realistic since the DSP design I used has a darker background and added some depth and texture to the tower with embossing and stamping!
The card front base layer is this design from the New Horizons 6” x 6” DSP, first cutting along the top at 4” and cutting ¾” off the bottom, which will give you a 4” x 5 ¼” and a ¾” x 4” piece. The remaining 2” x 6” piece will be used for the envelope flap. I then stamped the flock of birds in Evening Evergreen ink on the DSP as shown:
For the rest of the card front, you will need:
1. Use the large outline lighthouse die to die-cut from Basic White cardstock and trim the top off, spritz the cardstock with water, and emboss with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, I used the debossed side. Using a Smoky Slate stamp pad, lightly ink the Stacked Stone background stamp (I did this with the stamp in the case, used the pad to ink directly down the middle of the stamp, which big enough to fit the die-cut cardstock), placed the debossed side down on the inked stamp, placed a scratch piece of paper on top to protect my fingers, and lightly rubbed the die-cut cardstock on the stamp. Using the debossed side will give you light and random “texture”, while using the embossed side will give you a more detailed “texture”, the choice is up to you.
2. Use the detailed lighthouse top to die-cut from Basic Black cardstock.
3. Place some adhesive sheet on the back of a mirrored piece of Silver Foil Specialty paper and use the balcony guardrail die to die-cut out.
4. The sentiment is heat embossed with White Embossing Powder on Soft Succulent cardstock and die-cut out with the smaller sentiment die from the Lighthouse Dies.
5. Use the beachgrass die to die-cut out of Evening Evergreen cardstock.
6. You will need one of each Pebbles Enamel Shapes, not pictured.
The lighthouse is assembled and adhered to the DSP base layer as shown, mini dimensionals are used for the die-cut sentiment, liquid glue to adhere the beachgrass at the bottom of the lighthouse, and place one of each shape/color Pebble Enamel Shapes next to the beachgrass as shown. This completed piece is adhered to a Soft Succulent cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”:
For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Soft Succulent ink, and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:
For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelope, stamp the flock of birds and beachgrass in Evening Evergreen ink and use the 2” x 6” piece of DSP for the flap of the envelope:
I hope you like how this card turned out as much as I do! Using the New Horizons DSP is perfect for the background and using the Stacked Stoned background stamp with the Brick & Mortar 3D EF really gives the tower a unique look!
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