Lighthouse Fathers Day

 lighthouse light

This workshop shows how to make this Fathers Day lighthouse fold back card. The folding is made easy by embossing a rectangle die to get the opening shape & an embossed line. Then a smaller die shape makes an inlay frame for the lighthouse image.

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Lighthouse Fathers Day Card


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Background Die : CED1207

Sue Wilson Galicia Spanish Collection Die : CED1205

Lighthouse 2 Stamp Set : UMS147 & Nautical Words :UMS146 

Netting A6 Background Stamp : UMNETTING

Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners : TH92790   or Brads

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Sky Blue  : 40081 French Navy  41015,  Deep Red :  40088    Foundations A4 Card,

Coconut Card :40980   & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Cord BurlapSP10

Piercing Ruler : RULER

Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Fired Brick   :  DMFIRED , Stormy Sky  DMSSTORM,

Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  ,  Black Soot   : DMBLACK  & Picket Fence : DMPICKET

Water Brush : WBF

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK


Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the Sue Wilson Granada & Galicia Spanish Collection Dies. Also the lighthouse & nautical words from the Creative Expressions singles stamp range will be needed for this workshop.


2 Place the outer frame die from the Granada set (the largest die ) & secure it in the centre of a piece of A4 sky blue foundations card using some low tack tape the secure them in place.


3 This die shape is just going to be embossed so it is worth adding a piece of copy paper behind the cut edge before embossing the piece as this will stop the die for cutting into the card which can happen when using a 220 / 240gsm piece of card.

334 Go ahead & emboss the card using the pink embossing plate, the tan embossing mat the die & card and then the base plate. Run through the Grand Calibur machine.


5 The embossed shape will be left on the sky blue card & just discard the white copy paper. Using this technique just helps to take the pressure off the layer of card & leaves a perfect embossed panel on the card.


6 Take the piercing ruler & find the corner points on the diagonal. Use a craft knife to cut a straight line from corner to corner. Make sure you do one crisp line as the card edges will form part of the fold back later on.


7 Repeat the process & cut the other diagonal piece to complete all the cuts that are needed for the card.


8 Take the card flap & gently ease the card backwards to start to break down the fibres of the card. Using a double sided paper would be perfect for this technique but here the 220gsm foundations card has been used so a little more care is needed to work the card.

889 Repeat this on all 4 flaps of the card. The edges of the flaps could be embossed along the edge to add detail to the piece. Do this before you start to fold them backwards.


10 So now you have the basic flap shape. The card has been cut to 7″ x 9″ or 17.5cms x 23cms, this could be done before the flaps are curved or by easing the flaps down whilst cutting the card to size.


11 Use the outer frame in the Galicia die set to cut a panel out and in turn it will leave the excess which is needed to make the inner frame for the inlay of the fold back section.


12 Just for now here is a photo of how the inlay will look behind the fold back piece. The die gives a lovely detail and a small amount of the embossing will be seen on the corners.


13 Take a pokey tool & pierce through the top layer of the corner of the flap. When making the 2nd opposite hole use the measurements on the mat to line the brad mark up. This will give a nice finish to the opened flaps. Repeat this on the top & bottom flaps too.


14 Place the brad through just made hole. Make the underneath hole mark slightly bigger with the pokey tool to allow the brad to fit through the hole.


15 Place brads through all 4 of the flaps to complete the outer panel look. If there is any cracking on the card just push the card down slightly as this will hide the marks.


16 Here is the embossed detail which is seen on the corner detail. It`s just a small detail but it done mainly to save measuring a rectangle in the middle of the card.

161617 Choose which colour inlay you require for the card. As the lighthouse is going to be the feature then a red piece of card has been used to pull out the nautical theme.


18 Some cord / burlap has been used to decorate the outer edge of the card. A reef knot is made for 2 of the opposite corners of the card. This is done but placing left over right & then right over left.


19 Add a small amount of dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue to the corner of the card. Use a small peg to hold the knot in place for a minute whilst the glue takes.

191920 Continue to work the rope around the edge gluing in a few place. The 2 opposite corners to the reef knot corners have loops made & will be covered later on. Weave the rope under the left & right flaps.

202021 Stamp the anchor from the nautical words stamp onto a piece of glassine paper using the clear & resist ink and add bright gold embossing powder over the top. Heat set the powder.

212122 Stamp & emboss 2 of the anchors and cut them around the outer circle. Add the anchors over the rope loops on the corner of the card. Use some 3d glue to secure them over the rope & so it takes in the depth of the rope underneath.

222223 Stamp 2 or 3 lighthouses onto a piece of coconut card using the black archival ink pad. Lay the inlay over the image so you get an idea of what the path shape will be.

232324 Add some stormy sky distress ink marker to a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image. Wash the sky area with the blue ink.

242425 Now go in & repeat the process using the mustard seed ink. For added depth the ink can be used directly from the pen onto the image, but make sure it`s the area closest to the lighthouse.

252526 Continue to colour in the image shading it as you go. Fired brick is used for the lighthouse , the rocks have black soot mixed with picket fence to make the grey colour & antique linen has been used for the path area.

262627 Add the fired brick pen directly to edges of the lighthouse achieve the shading. Place the inlay over the top to make sure you have the worked piece just as you want it.

272728 Colour & cut out a 2nd lighthouse to decoupage the image. Curve the piece as this will give dimension to the lighthouse.

282829 Use some 3d glue mainly down the centre section & add some glue to the rock area.

292930 Add the lighthouse over the full worked image & allow the piece to dry.

30 3031 Add foam tape around the inside cut out panel but miss out the right hand bottom corner. This will be the left hand corner when the panel is turned over. Add 3d glue to this area, this is done to allow for the rock area of the decoupage piece to find it`s level once the inlay is stuck down.

313132 Add the coloured image under the red inlay & then add the blue flapped piece over the top again using foam tape. Make sure the anchors are stuck going in the right direction !!!

323233 To take away the plainness of the blue card take the netting stamp & stamp over the area using the clear resist ink (or perfect medium). Try & leave the folded back areas plain as this will add contrast to the 2 areas.

333334 Mat the panels onto a piece of French navy card and onto a piece of rich cream card, Stamp the `A Father` sentiment onto a piece of card stock using the clear & resist ink and bright gold embossing powder. Mount the sentiment onto a piece of red card & add to the corner of the card using some 3d glue to the flap areas underneath, This will raise the sentiment making it a great feature.

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35 Just a close up of the open flaps & the wonderful sentiment verse which is a very fitting one for a dear Father.

35                                 lighthouse close up


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2 Responses to Lighthouse Fathers Day

  1. Mena Ward says:

    Hi Suzanne, i know i dont comment often at all, but i am not well at times but would like you to  know i really appreciate you updates the light house is fabulous, love the card. I look forward to reading blogs and getting email updates from all crafters, ESPECIALLY to do with creative expression/spellbinders.  Thank you so much. Kind Regards; Philomena.xx

  2. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for your kind message and taking the time comment ~ it`s much appreciated. I`m thrilled you like the workshops and I hope you feel better and brighter soon
    Take care Suzanne x

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