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Father's Day Card at the Jersey Shore

Jersey-Shore-dad's-day The manly card showcase today features a card layout that's been one of my favorites since I first used it for an Easter card. The card itself is a base of Wild Wasabi card stock that's 4 & 1/4 inch by 9 & 1/2 inches. Score it at 5 & 1/2 inches so that when you fold it, it reveals 1 & 1/2 inches of the 2" tall piece of printed Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper from SU that's adhered on the inside bottom. A 4" wide by 3 & 3/4 inch tall piece of coordinating Jersey Shore DSP provides the background on the outside. And that's Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain ribbon accenting the front in a manly double knot.

The focal point is a 2 inch by 2 & 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White card stock layered onto a 2 & 1/4 inch by 2 & 1/2 inch piece of Pumpkin Pie. The greeting from All Holidays is inked up with Pumpkin Pie and Brilliant Blue markers and a Wild Wasabi ink spot that came with SU's Three for You punch box. Here's my trick for getting the greeting straight -- the SU Stamp-a-ma-jig -- my favorite stamp positioner. And another tip: I mount the white card stock on the Pumpkin mat before I stamp. The colored layer does two things -- it provides contrast to the white layer so I can be sure my Stamp-a-ma-jig image on the plastic sheet is straight and the mat makes the focal point layer big enough that the plastic guide can "catch" on the Pumpkin mat and hold it in place. When card stock is so small that the guide can't hold it still, another trick I use is Dotto removable adhesive on the back to keep it in place while I'm stamping. I did use SU Dimensionals to pop up the focal point a little and allow it to fit well over the ribbon.

More manly cards to come -- including a "stepped up" version of this layout that gives it a different look.