Hey there WCS friends! Aly Dosdall here to share with you some ideas and tips for summer-themed cards. If you're anything like me your summer is filled with travel, keeping kids entertained, and summer projects. Making cards over the summer is probably the last thing on your mind. Here's a little tip: if you plan ahead, you can create all of your cards at the start of the summer before life gets too busy. That way Father's Day, summer birthdays, and BBQ invites won't cause added stress. =) Sound good? Awesome!
Some of the cards I'm sharing with you today have a specific theme (ie Father's Day, or Independence day), and others have a general summer theme that can be adapted to any occasion--birthday, thank you, friendship, invites, etc. My hope is that you will find some inspiration to help save you time so you can get those summer cards completed and have a fun and stress-free summer! Okay, entirely stress-free may not be possible, so we'll go for less stressful.
We'll start with some of the summer holidays:
Try using blues, greens, browns, and blacks for masculine cards. Bold and graphic patterns work well, and keep things simple and to the point.
I made this for my husband a few years ago. If you'd like to make a similar card, you can Download Father's day card template for the tie and pocket. Just fold back the top corners of your flap card (make sure and use double-sided patterned paper), and secure them with brads or eyelets.
You can tell Independence Day cards from a mile away with their trademark red, white, and blue. Why not throw a little black in the mix to anchor your design?
The next set of cards features fun summer themed papers and accents which can be used to create a card for any summer occasion.
Fruits and Veggies
Fresh, garden-grown fruits and veggies always make me think of summer. You can use fruit or veggie papers or accents on any summer card.
Create a card like this one if you plan on delivering some fresh summer garden-picked (or farmer's market-bought) goodies to your friends or neighbors.
I've Got Sunshine
Celebrate the warmer weather and everything great about summer by adding a sun accent to your card.
Create a mini outdoor summer scene with a sun, the sky, some clouds, a tree, grass, and a sweet little outdoor critter. Tip: I used a scalloped oval punch for the tree.
Create your own sun accent using white or light colored paper and a yellow ink mister. You can achieve the same effect using a yellow ink pad and an ink dauber or make-up sponge.
Nothing says summer to me like good old H2O! Create a card for any summer occasion using wave paper, accents, stickers, or rub-ons. Or you can create your own waves with a border punch, or just a pair of scissors and your imagination.
Well, I hope these cards have given you some inspiration for your summer card making. If you use one of these cards as inspiration for your own project, be sure to add it to our Flickr gallery so we can all enjoy your lovely creations. Happy card making, and I'll see you next month!