Just in time – a fishing Father’s Day card using fun new dies!

It’s fun to make special occasion cards that are customized to someone’s interests and this fishing Father’s Day card is perfect for any guy you want to recognize this year who loves to spend time trying to land the “big one”. I got a chance to play with some of the brand new dies on this card and just love how the fine details create so many things to look at on this project. And as we go through the steps I share below, you will see that I made liberal use of the way dimensional adhesive helps to create an incredible amount of depth and dimension, adding to the visual movement this card shows off.

Just in time- a fishing Father's Day card loaded with details all thanks to new dies from Rubbernecker

The Card Base, Frame and Grass

  • Cut an A2 size card base using white cardstock.
  • Use a blender brush and blue ink to apply the sky and water.  Note:  I used the same ink for both but applied more layers of shading for the water.
  • Cut a green strip of cardstock wide enough from top to bottom to create the strip of grass along the top of the water’s edge. 
  • Place the cardstock on the cutting platform, lay the grass die on the top of the strip and the deckle hill die along the bottom and cut.
  • Attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive along the bottom and sides, and a few pop dots  along the back top of the grass.  Pro Tip:  Adding the small pop dots along  the top back of the grass holds it away from the background and create added dimension.  I wanted the section along the water’s edge totally flat to the background.
  • Cut three additional grass strips.  Place one along the bottom of the water using ATG adhesive.  Once again i added pop dots along the top back of the grass.
  • Cut a frame using the deckle frame die and red cardstock, apply mounting tape around the back of the frame and attach it to the card base.
  • Finish by adding one grass strip directly to the bottom of the frame using ATG adhesive and the second using a strip of mounting tape.

The Tree and Leaves

  • Cut the tree using Kraft cardstock.  Note:  you can use white or cream cardstock for the trees but I just happen to like the look of Kraft after color has been added.  It’s just my preference.
  • Use a folded wet baby wipe to apply brown ink to the trunks and branches of the trees and dry with a heat gun.  Pro Tip:  I heat dried the trees to make it easier to attach the leaves.  Adhesives don’t stick well on damp cardstock.

Baby Wipe Tree Inking

  • Cut the leaves using green cardstock. 
  • Place the leaves face up on the molding pad and form each one by pushing down in the center using the leaf tool.  If you don’t have a leaf tool you can use your paper piercer.  
  • Use glossy accents to attach the leaves to the tree branches.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the trunk and a few tiny pop dots behind a few key leaves and attach it to the frame and card base.

The Fishing Accessories

  • Cut the accessory dies using colorful cardstock of your choice.
  • Assemble and attach the chair, tacklebox, thermos, fishing hat and fishing rod sections together using glossy accents.
  • Cut the fish using cream cardstock and apply a light layer of orange ink shading using a mini applicator.
  • Apply versa to the fish and emboss them with clear embossing powder.  Note:  This step is not necessary but the fish look so cute shiny.  Sadly you can’t see it in the photos.
  • Put string thru all the eye holes to attach them together.  
  • Apply tiny glue dots to the individual fish to hold them apart on the string and attach the string to the tree using a glue dot and the fish using mounting tape.
  • Attach the fishing rod to the grass and tree using a small strip of mounting tape and glue dots.
  • Use mounting tape to attach the chair, tacklebox and thermos to the front of the card and the hat to the corner of the chair.

The Reeds and Cattails

  • Cut the foliage sections using green cardstock.
  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut the cattails and color the top of the cattails using a brown marker.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the cattails to the foliage sections.
  • Tuck the foliage and cattail sections in behind the grass sections and attach them using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  I waited to see where I would place the chair and other images so I could put them where they would best be seen. 

Looking for more masculine Father’s Day inspiration.  Check out this card and this card to see cards made using the Rubbernecker Truck.

A fishing Father's Day card loaded with fun details all made using card making dies from Rubbernecker

Here are the goodies I used from Rubbernecker to put this fun fishing themed Father’s Day card together:

5411-01D Fishing vest Die
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5411-02D Tackle box Die
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5411-03D Reeds Die
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5176-01D Deckle Frame Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5403D Half Tree Die
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5334-02D Tiny Leaves #2 Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
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Clear High Gloss Embossing Powder
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .5″ X 27yd
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Now remember, I made this as a fishing Father’s Day card but it makes a perfect all occasion card for anyone who you know who loves to fish. I always find it really gratifying when I can send someone a card that is tailored to them and this fishing collection is going to let me look like a rock star for a lot of people! How about you?