El Dia del Padre – Father’s Day


I’m slowly transitioning my return to English mode, freshly back from our sunny Spanish fiesta in Mallorca! What a beautiful place, and very peaceful. We enjoyed 30-35° Celcius and blue skies everyday in the little fishing village of Cala San Vincente. The boys have really enjoyed the experience, from their first trip in an aeroplane, learning to swim in the villa pool, to really understanding what being ‘on holiday’ is all about. They both tried their hand at speaking Spanish, usually in restaurants in the evening, bashful at first then gradually building up to ‘Cómo te llamas?’ and ‘GRASSYAS!’ (Gracias) at the top of their voices! It’s amazing how children learn languages so easily. I did okay as well, only one pre-menstrual meltdown, but soon over and back by the pool, cooling off in the shade, iced tea in hand.

Cala San Vincente

Off to the beach

Cala San Vincente

Sea-gazing on the last night








I had to get organised with Father’s Day cards in the week before our holiday, no time to make extras for my Card Therapy shop, but I was able to come up with my dad’s and dad-in-law’s cards.

Father's Day CardFather's Day CardOnce I’d decided on my layout, I stuck to the same for both for convenience! The stamp was part of a free gift set on the cover of April’s docrafts Creativity magazine:

Father's Day stamp set

Father's Day stamp









I got the inspiration for the spotlight stamping technique from the docrafts website and simply reversed the idea for my second card. I coloured the inner part of the stamp with my Promarkers (Henna and Holly on the left, Ice Grey 1 & 5 on the right) and inked the edges of the die-cuts and papers with distress inks – tea dye on the Papermilldirect buff card and victorian velvet on the pearlised white.

Spotlight Stamping

Spotlight stamping reversed







The papers are docrafts too, Heritage Press – “classic Saville Row inspired” – brilliant for men’s cards! I added ‘shirt’ buttons to go with the paper patterns (my father-in-law didn’t ‘get it’ though!) and some ribbon that could be considered somewhat masculine!

Stamped insert

Stamped insert








I stamped the insert with another of the Father’s day stamp set to finish.

I would like to enter one or the other of these cards in the following challenges:

Papermilldirect June Challenge – June Theme

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #251 – One for the boys/men

I Love Promarkers Challenge #223 – Stripes

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #325 – So Macho!

Cardmaking and Papercraft.com challenge – Quick Cards Just for Men

That’s all for today, still got holiday washing winking at me and the shopping delivery van has just pulled up.


Emma x

6 thoughts on “El Dia del Padre – Father’s Day

  1. stunning cards emma.i love the fab word stamp and your designs are brilliant.
    Thanks so much for joining in my theme this week at PFP 😀

    xx coops xx

  2. oh wow ! what a fabulous idea to colour your sentiment in!
    thank you for playing along with us over on the passion for promarkers challenge blog
    hugs Lou x

  3. Hi Emma

    Brilliant use of that fabby stamp set! Love your use of layers!

    Your holiday looks like it was wonderful! Many years since I have felt any Spanish sun!

    Hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx

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