Could you even fish for a better Dad? Make him a special Father’s Day card to let him know how Fin-tastic he is 🙂
What you need:
- Card stock in the color you’d like for the outside of your card – 8.5″x11″, folded in half to make a 5.5″x8.5″ card
- Card stock in the color you’d like for the inside of your card – 8″x10″, folded in half to make a 5″x8″ card
- Watercolor paper – 8″x10″
- Watercolor paint
- Sea Salt (table salt can be used instead, however, the effect we’ll be creating will not be as dramatic)
- A piece of a mesh onion bag (or any mesh bag you may get fruits of veggies in)
- Tin Foil
- Paint Brushes
- Glue stick & Craft Glue
MAKING THE WAVES:
Step one: Prepare your watercolor paints. I prefer watercolors from a tube and mix them with some water. I used cool colors – shades of blues, greens, & purples for my waves.
Step two: Cover your entire piece of watercolor paper with your paint – Work quickly to achieve a “wet on wet” technique where your colors will move and blend together while all your paint is wet!
Step three: While your paint is still wet sprinkle sea salt all over your paper! The salt creates a cool effect on your watercolor paint that gives us a unique look for your waves. Your paint still needs to be wet for the effect of the salt to work – the wet paint will pool around the pieces of salt, creating the textured effect! Adding too much salt can cause the effect not to show as well. If you only have table salt you will still get the effect just not as dramatic as the larger pieces of salt!
Step four: Let your paper dry completely – the salt effect works best if your paper dries naturally vs using a hair dryer to speed up the process (you can move onto one of the other card making sections for the time being). Once it’s dry, brush off the pieces of salt.
Step five: Cut your watercolor paper into stripes – you need one strip that measures 8″x 2″ and two strips that measure 8″x1.5″
Step six: On the back of your strips draw a wave pattern and cut out – you can use your first cut out wave to trace on your other strips or create a different pattern on each strip. I saved pieces of the wave I cut out to use a splashes of water later (you can also cut splashes out of your leftover watercolor paper).
MAKING THE CARD BASE:
Step one: Fold your card stock papers for the inside and outside of your card.
Step two: On the folded edge of your inside card stock, complete the measurements shown in the photo.
Step three: Cut on the lines shown in orange.
Step four: Open your card and fold in the sections cut in the last step – use your fingers on the back of your card to push the sections through. Fold the sections on your same center crease line, just in the opposite direction! Create new crease lines at the point you cut to. (The top image shows what your card should look like when it’s closed and the bottom image shows what it should look like open)
Step five: Fold your card back up and cut on the orange lines.
Step six: Open your card back up and fold in the sections you just cut – the same way you completed step four. You will have two sections to fold on each of your original sections or blocks. (The top image shows the cut lines before folding, the image on the right shows the folds, and the bottom image shows what your card should look like folded)
Step seven: Once you have cut and folded both sides your inside card is finished and should look like the photo!
MAKING THE FISH:
Step one: Gather your sharpies, tin foil and piece of mesh onion bag.
Step two: Tape your mesh to your work surface and then tape your tin foil on top.
Step three: Draw and color your fish on the tin foil with your sharpies – the mesh creates a scaly texture for your fish! My fish are not much larger than an inch.
Step four: Carefully cut out your fish!
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER!
Step one: Glue your fish to your wave pieces with a craft glue.
Step two: Glue each of your wave pieces onto the blocks you created.
Step three: Use a glue stick and add any splashes of water you’d like from your watercolor paper.
Step four: Close your card and using a glue stick, glue the inside card to your outside piece of card stock – your outside card is slightly larger so you’ll have a nice border around your inside piece!
Your card is complete! Decorate the front of your card and add a special message for your dad! Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads!