How was everyone’s Father’s Day today? Mine was great and I hope my Dad enjoyed it too. I churned out a handmade Father’s Day card for him and got him a gift certificate to Border Grill. I also picked up a few treats from there, to have a little lunch at my parents’ place. It was delicious and great fun.
Here’s the card & envelope:
Here’s a detail shot to show the texture of the paper:
I used this great faux bois paper from Paper Source for the background. It looks like they don’t have the teal version anymore, but they do have a gold and brown version, which I also bought from them and which is very pretty too. The strip of textured, darker woodgrain paper in the middle is from a set of origami paper I got from dick blick ages ago, which I can’t find on their website now. Woodgrain just seemed to go perfectly with Father’s Day.
I made some thank you cards, which I based on a “thank you” type treatment I drew out. My original plan was to scan in my lettering, then Photoshop it into a nice little layout. However, I was disliking how I was losing the hand-made, organic, tactile quality of the pencil on paper once everything became digital. So I hand-drew 8 different versions of the above type and pasted them on a variety of patterned papers. It came out very well. I drew on lightly textured, cream paper and I liked how when I pasted it on top of the patterned paper, there was a nice show-through of the pattern.
This is a monster holding the card & envelope I made today. I recommend using white gel pens. No gloomy mood is impervious to the opaque, smooth glide of white ink. You can get them at one of my favorite internet stores: jet pens. I also recommend Bionicles. Oh man, I wish the bionicle were wearing a monocle.