Father’s Day cards – get creative with photos!

Everyone loves a home-made card don’t they? With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve recreated three very easy ideas for personalised cards using your very own photos and every day craft items you should have lying around. (Not literally, there’s sharp things involved!).

This first idea follows the rules of very simple but very effective, you will need:

  • One piece of coloured card (we chose A4, but can be any size you like, as long as you can fit your message on when folded in half!)
  • One photograph – the more colourful and detailed the better
  • A pair of scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A pencil ( not essential, you can snip freehand if you’re feeling brave)

Step 1:

Fold the piece of card in half.

Step 2:

Next, you’ll need to draw out your lettering onto your photo, you’ll have to press a bit harder on the photo in order to see. We marked out our lettering freehand as we love the slightly wonky look, but feel free to use a stencil or pattern to help. We also chose the important or most colourful bits of the photo, in this case their shoes or a really colourful part of their clothing, it adds to the effect.

Step 3:

Cut out the letters and start sticking in place, you can even get your small people to help with this part!

And that’s it, all done! Simple as that, get your child to write a message inside.

The “Cool Dude” card

This one is an alternative to an actual card, we’re upcycling a pair of old novelty shades, perfect for your cool dude.

You will need:

  • One pair of novelty shades, carefully pop the lenses out
  • A piece of coloured card
  • A pen
  • A pair of scissors
  • Double-sided sticky tape or glue
  • A photograph or two

Step 1

Pop the glasses on to the piece of card and carefully trace the shape of the lenses on to the card. We used the card to add extra strength as backing to the photos but it’s not essential. If you’re not using card skip straight to Step 2.

Step 2

This is the important part, when you cut out the lens shape – cut out the shape with around a 1/2 centimetre border to it. This is so you’ll be able to slot the shape into the glasses without the need to fix it, it should fit snuggly into the gap as you’ve cut it slightly bigger than the hole. So, if you’re not using card and cutting straight out on to the photo, following the same principle.

Step 3

Next decide which parts of the photograph(s) you want in the lenses, we came over all arty below but be as creative as you like. If using card, draw around the pieces and then stick together using tape or glue.  Because of the overlap when you cut the shape out, the lenses should fit snuggly in the spaces without the need for any extra securing.

Step 5

There you have it, a new take on the novelty glasses! You could write a message for Dad on the back of the card, in which case just pop out the lenses, write your messages and pop back in – it’s easier that way!

The ‘heartfelt’ card

This one will tug on all the right heartstrings.

You will need:

  • 1 pair of scissors or scoring knife
  • 1 piece of coloured card, we chose A4 but can be any size as long as it can be folded in half
  • 1 smaller piece of coloured card, make sure this fits inside half of your main piece and is bigger than the photograph
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • A pen or pencil
  • A photograph

Step 1

Fold your coloured card in half to make a opened card

Step 2

Open the card as if you were going to read it, and draw a half of a heart shape on the left hand side. This is why a pencil might be a good idea if you think you might need several attempts!

Step 3

Next, score the outline of the heart shape (make sure you protect the surface underneath) and push the heart through the card, so it makes a full heart looking from the front.

Step 4

Open the card the card as if you were reading it again, this time sticking double-sided tape on the left hand side on the top, long (outside) and bottom edge. Stick the second piece of card to this, creating a wallet with one side open.

Step 5

Now slide the photo into the wallet you’ve created and your image should poke through creating the other side of the heart. (this may take some adapting depending where your main focal point is).

Step 6

Ta da! Now you can let you little one loose to decorate the rest of the card. Get the glitter out!

We’d love to know if you attempt any of the above, share the photos of your creations in the comments section below!

Trace @Lifecake

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