To Honor Mom and Dad

Two very special holidays are celebrated in May and June – don’t forget to create special cards to honor mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a card idea for each holiday. For this Mother’s Day card, I created with bright colors in mind and let pretty teacups and flowers take center stage. Although Mother’s Day is now behind us, you could make this card for Mom’s birthday, too.

A few glittery accents in the form of pink sequin trim and a gold sequin help give the card a little glitz and glamour for mom. All supplies are from the Soho Garden collection by American Crafts.

And for Father’s Day, honor one of dad’s special skills or hobbies by creating a themed card. I created this card for a dad in mind who loves to grill! Other ideas might be camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, reading and more!

There are some easy ways to make a card more fitting for dad: 1) create with masculine colors like orange, green, navy and brown; 2) use “earthy” embellishments such as stars, buttons, twine and staples. All supplies are from the Take a Hike collection by Simple Stories.

Whether you are creating a gift or buying a gift, a handmade card will show you put a little extra thought into making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or their birthdays, just a little more special!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (

Happy Father’s Day

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Father’s Day is less than a month away! I encourage you to make a card for the father in your life. Perhaps you are like me and your father has passed away, but you have an older brother, an uncle, of a close family friend that you wish to honor. Perhaps you wish to help your kids make a card for their father or grandfather. Both my father and my father-in-law have passed, but I make my husband a card every year on Father’s Day to honor him as the father of my children.

I have a few cards to share with you to help you get started on making your card. I will share a tutorial for this first card, because I think the technique is very “manly”!

1. Make a 5″x5″ black top-fold card.

2. Trim printed paper to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″; adhere to card.

3. Create the aged and embossed panel next. Cut kraft cardstock to fit inside the embossing folder. Apply Clearsnap ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink to the “front” or “top” side of the folder; this is the side that will deboss, or press into, the cardstock. You want to ink the debossed areas of the cardstock, not the raised, embossed areas.

4. Carefully place cardstock inside the inked embossing folder and run it through the machine. Let ink dry completely.

5. Using a foam or sponge applicator, ink raised areas of the embossed cardstock with green, blue, and brown ink, in that order, to create a patina. I used Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Bon Voyage, and Dark Cashmere Antiquing Ink. Let ink dry completely. (Note: It is very important that all ink is dry before moving to the next step.) 

6. Ink a few of the raised, embossed areas with watermark or clear embossing ink.

7. Heat emboss with copper embossing powder.

8. Edge the embossed panel with brown ink and trim to 3-1/2″x4-1/2″. Mat on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

9. Stamp a masculine image onto kraft cardstock with coordinating ink. Dig through your stamp stash and see what images you have that would be good for Father’s Day. Look for cars, boats, sports images, vintage items, etc.

10. Using photo as guide, trim image to size. Distress edges of image panel using scissors blade, paper distressing tool, or fingers. Mat image on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

11. Decorate the card with a “coil” of twine and a vintage image or postage stamp. Tie twine around the top of the card and add a charm.

12. Make sure to “grunge up” your papers and cardstock for a unique, masculine look. This technique works with any embossing folder. You can try other ink and embossing powder colors to create alternate results.

13. Add kraft cardstock to the inside of the card and stamp or write a Father’s Day message.

Remember, when creating cards for the special men in your life, try to use dark and neutral colors, and natural elements like twine, jute, and cork. Add metal items as I have done with this vintage-inspired card.

If you don’t have access to many embellishments, you can still create depth and interest with papers. I have simply added a few vintage buttons to the above card. I used several papers and the circles to create movement and contrast.


  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman (retired)
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Thinking of Father (retired)
  • Clearsnap Ink Pads: ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk; ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Dark Cashmere, Antique Moss, Bon VoyageTop Boss Watermark Ink; ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Wicked Black
  • Embossing powder: Hampton Art Copper
  • Embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collage
  • Die-cutting or embossing machine
  • Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Jute String
  • Charm: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Muse Tokens
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Cosmo Cricket Glubers Glue Dots

Enjoy creating for your dad, or other special man, this month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

Cards for Boys and Men

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. This is my first post of the New Year! I know many of us who are card makers want to try to send more cards this year, and for many of us, making cards for boys and men is one of our hardest tasks.

I want to share with you some tips for making cards for the men in your life!

When designing for guys, I still like to make cards that are visually interesting. I do not think that I need to make plain cards just because the cards are “for the boys.” I want to create cards with layers, embellishments, and trims, the same way I do for the feminine-themed cards that I make.

My first step in creating cards for the guys is to find (or create) a sketch or a layout on which to base the card. Then, I will choose the color scheme. I stick to neutrals and rich, bold tones. I use the colors found in a gentleman’s library or sports club.

If the sketch calls for flowers or ribbon, I will instead reach for gears, buttons, and twine. Metal items also work well for masculine-themed cards. I try to avoid frilly items such as flowers, lace, beads, and other “glitz.”

I stick to masculine images such as sports, boats, vintage cars, and other rustic items. For younger boys I find animals, cute monsters, and circus images work well.

Once you get the hang of crafting for men and boys, it becomes easy. Keep a supply of metal embellishments, buttons, twine, natural fibers and ribbons on hand. Look for rich colors and textures when shopping for paper and cardstock. You will soon have a stack of manly cards in your card stash!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (