Free Art For All - Father's Day Card

Cover of card 

Inside of card

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We have another special occasion coming up this month.  In America the third Sunday of June is set aside to celebrate Father’s Day.  The lesson will give you another technique to use in card making.  We will take the card from the planning stage to the finishing stage. We will be using a plastic fork that we will break a tine off and use the remaining pieces to create letters, please be mindful when disposing of this small piece of plastic.  


  • Omnigrid
  • Ruler
  • DS watercolors
  • Prang watercolors
  • Canson paper
  • Strathmore sketch pad
  • General kneaded eraser
  • Water
  • Watercolor brush
  • Paper towel
  • Pentel pencil
  • Plastic fork
  • Uniball Signo gel pen
  • Q-tip
  • Scissors


  • We start this project planning in our sketchbook.  I used an Omnigrid ruler which gave me a perfect rectangle.  I could have used a ruler but it would have meant more measuring for precision.  By planning in the Sketchpad we will always have a record of our notes and observations.
  • For the front of the card create a 1/2” border around the edge of the card.  On the inside of the box create lines 2” apart.
  • Next we plan the inside of the card.  On line 1  It will say My favorite Dad things  Line 2 will say *a*r*e.   Now it is time for you to find the 3 things you do with your Dad that you treasure the most.  You will then list these on a line of their own.  
  • We use our sketchpad to practice making the letters with the fork and watercolors.  When you feel you have the technique perfected it is time to move to your good paper.  
  • Measure, measure, measure.  I cannot stress this point enough.  When using your pencil keep all of the lines very light.  I use the pencil with heavy lines so that you will be able to see clearly on the video.  
  • If you make a mistake like I did, be sure to let it dry before you try to fix it. I used a damp Q-tip and a dry Q-tip to fix the mistake.  You can see an alternative method for fixing mistakes in our Mother’s Day card lesson at 1:22:00.

Your finished card will fit inside a 5” x 7” envelope.  Take your time and enjoy the process of card making.  Your neatest lettering will give you the best results.  So many times when we write something our mind work faster than our fingers.  Therefore, I pencilled in the words and then went over them in Uniball Signo Gel Pen.  This is important because we were working with water.  We want to make sure that the ink would not bleed if the card was slightly damp.