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DIY Handmade Dad Card – A Unique Father’s Day Card Or Birthday Card For Dad

by Suzie

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Want to make a fun card for Dad’s special day?

This unique card for Dad is sure to let him know how much you care. It could be used as a Father’s Day card or a Birthday card for Dad.

I made it using my Cricut Expression and Design Studio, but you could make a similar Dad card without using those tools.

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Here’s how…

 

How To Make The Letters

Using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, I set the letter size to 2.5″ and used “shift lock” for all capital letters to spell “DAD”.

I wanted the letters to be connected so I could fold them, so I added a small oval in between each letter. Select the oval by choosing “shift lock” and the circle shape under the letter Z. The size of my oval is 3/4″ wide and 1/2″ tall.

Design Studio is great, because you can use the grid lines to make sure everything lines up. Each letter has a box around it, making it easy to see that the letters are evenly spaced apart. The ovals are tucked in between the letters, barely touching the letters.

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By highlighting each letter and checking the “welding” box, the Cricut Expression will cut the set of 5 objects as one continuous piece.

 

Paper & Background

I chose the 12×12″ striped paper from DCWV Fall paper pack. The paper is very thin, so I cut an exact duplicate from white cardstock and glued it to the back. This allows the card to stand alone when folded.

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To fold the card, I started with the 2nd oval, between the “A-D”. I marked the half-way spot on the oval lightly with a pencil and started to fold it over on top of the D (like closing the cover of a book). Before I creased the fold mark, I eyed the A over the D to make sure they lined up. Once I was happy with the placement I creased the fold.

Next is to fold the first “D” (now with the stripes facing down) back over the “A”. Again, before creasing the fold, I lined up the “D”s to perfectly cover one another. (These are easy to match up.) Then, I creased the fold on the oval. In this case, it was not exactly in the center — which is okay because lining up the letters is the primary goal.

The card now looks pretty unassuming when folded, but when opened — look out DAD!

I used a silver marker to write “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” for this Father’s Day card.  (You could also write “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” for a Birthday card.) Then, I wrote over that with a thin black Sharpie marker when I realized that you couldn’t really see the silver.

Finally, I made a matching envelope with the rest of the striped paper. The folded card is 3-1/4″ x 2″, which is not large enough for an envelope to go through the mail, so I made the envelope a standard size of 5″ x 6″.

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Making This Card Without A Cricut

If you are not using the Cricut tools, try this:

  • Use a regular printer and a fun font.
  • I would recommend choosing one that has clean edges and no swirly loop-de-loops that will be challenging to cut.
  • Try it in ‘bold’ so the letters will be thicker. Some that look good are Calibri, Ariel Rounded, and Cooper Black.
  • Choose the size you want and print it out.
  • Lay the letters out on a straight line, and space them about 1/4″ apart. You can use a circle, oval, square or any shape you like to connect the letters.
  • Tape them together, turn them over and trace them onto the back of your chosen paper. If you use a cardstock, you will only need one layer of paper.
  • Cut out your creation and fold as described above.
  • If you try a simple font and it is easy for you to place and cut, then try a crazier font and see what you think. (Check out Ravie or Harrington!) The card may be a bit more challenging to cut or fold, but give it a try and see what you think. Use fun paper that reminds you of your dad or that highlights things he likes. You can buy single 12″ x 12″ sheets of paper at most craft stores.

I hope you have fun making this card and sharing this special day with Dad!

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