Wow!  Some of the stamps I got in my last Whipper Snapper order are HUGE!  They’re actually a little too large for making “standard” A2 cards.

The good news is that they take up so much space that creating a layout is a snap.

Today’s card is my first 2010 Father’s Day card.  I’m not sure if I like it and things aren’t going to get much easier as all the “Dad” stamps I ordered are much bigger than I expected. (insert tiny sad face here…they’re still awesome images…)

So, on to card number one:

I finally have a couple of blue and red copic markers (I’m working on it) so I thought I’d give them a try today.  I don’t have much experience with them and haven’t started researching how to use them – I’m just going on instinct for now and if I don’t get the  hang of them I’ll start scouring the ‘net for tips and tricks.

I paper-pieced the apron for two reasons – one, it makes my image match the patterned paper and two, I don’t have a lot of copics so I can’t colour match paper at this point.

I deliberately oriented the pattern the opposite of the background paper.  I usually do that when I’m using striped patterns.  Hope my BBQ’ing dad doesn’t think the horizontal stripes are unflattering!

The sentiment is an old SU set that I had – riveting…I haven’t used it in ages.  I printed the word DAD on cardstock and glued it over the original centre image (a box with a bow).  I couldn’t stop there, so I added a button with some twine.  Very manly!

I’ve got a busy day ahead – my parents are coming over for brunch and we’re also prepping to install my second countertop in the craft room so I’ve got some painting to do. (yuck!)  With any luck I’ll be able to crank out a card or two between coats.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.