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Father’s Day Banner Card Tutorial

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Father’s Day Banner Card

 Tutorial by Vintage Mama

After creating the Mother’s Day Banner (which our Grandma loved, by the way!), I thought it would be fun to create something a bit different for Father’s Day. Since making mini-collage projects has been a craft that we do frequently at our house, it just seemed like a good idea to try to create a mini-collage for each letter in the word “Father” (we are also working on one that says “Grandpa”).

Not only is this banner card fun to make, it is a project that you can use up bits and pieces and tiny scraps of ribbons and other fibers, as well as solo vintage buttons and any other ephemera you might have hiding out in the back of your scrapbooking or craft drawer. In addition, it is not only a card that you can send through the mail, is can be displayed year ‘round on a mantle or shelf to remind Dad or Grandpa that they are loved and thought of often.

For our Father’s Day Banner Card we chose a color combination of dark red, black, ivory, and brown with a bit of gold rick-rack to give it a little “pop” of color. We also used a few stick-on keys and watches for a masculine look. The paper is scrapbook cardstock that was purchased at Hobby Lobby in the colors we chose. Each piece of the cardstock is 6” X 6” square, but you could use any size you want. Using a square, however, provides a wider base if you want to make a stand-up banner card.

Our banner card for Grandpa is going to be in shades of blue, brown, ivory, and gold with letters in either dark blue or dark brown. Probably lots of gold ribbon and rick-rack, too! Vintage gold and brown buttons will add a nice touch, and we have also found websites where we can print out vintage images of cars, or fishing stuff, or tractors (our Grandpa loves tractors!), so this will be quite an adventure finding all of the odds and ends to make our next banner card.

Pull out your odds and ends of scrapbooking ephemera, a few ribbons, braids, and buttons and let’s get started making a Father’s Day Banner Card!

What you need:

* Scrapbooking cardstock, 6” X 6” squares  (you can cut your own to this size or use    regular scrapbooking paper cut to this size and glued onto a piece of plain cardstock)

* Scraps of ribbon, braid, rick-rack, paper

* Vintage buttons, scrapbooking ephemera

* Scissors    * Paper cutter

* Glue    * Heavy books and tin foil

Let’s make it!

Step 1: Begin by deciding which colors and patterns of paper you will be using. Choose twice the number of squares of cardstock that you will need for the word you want to spell (six for Father or seven for Grandpa).

Step 2: Glue two pieces of cardstock, back to back, for each letter of your banner card. So, if you want to spell “Father” you will need 12 squares of cardstock and glue them together, two at a time, back to back, to finish with six squares of double thickness cardstock.

Cover each square with a piece of tinfoil (to prevent sticking) and weigh down with a heavy book or two and let dry overnight. This is to prevent the cardstock from curling or buckling while it is drying and you will have a nice flat surface to work on for each letter collage.

* You can also use regular scrapbook paper, cut to the right size for your banner card letters, and glue one square to either side of a piece of regular cardstock. Use the tinfoil to cover each square and weigh it down with a heavy book so that it will dry flat.

Step 4: Print out the letters on plain cardstock to spell out the word for either “Father” or “Grandpa” (or even “Dad” or “Papa” or whatever special name you have in your family for your special Daddy!)

You can find lots of alphabet letters at Granny Enchanted’s blog . . . . every style, every season, every color you can imagine! They are all free to print out and use for your craft and scrapbook projects, but be sure to leave a sweet comment and let her know how much you appreciate her generosity.

Step 5: Cut out the letters and prepare them to be placed on the cardstock squares: either cut them out completely or if there is a background to each letter that coordinates with your theme, cut around the background.

Match each letter of the word you have chosen to one of the cardstock squares.

You will want to glue each letter onto a card square before completing the rest of the embellishments.

* If you would like to create a “frame” for each letter to make it stand out better on your cardstock squares, simply glue each letter onto a solid color background and cut around the letter leaving a ¼” frame all around.




This is helpful if you have a background card square that might be too “busy” and the frame will bring out the letter so it doesn’t get “lost” in the background pattern.




After you have all of your letters prepared, it is time to line up your cardstock squares in order and glue the letters in place!

 * For our Father’s Day banner card, we alternated the colors, beginning with a dark red card, then a black card, then another dark red card and so on. You could use all the same color background on your card squares, or you could use a different color for each one.

  Step 6: After you glue one letter to each cardstock square, you will again want to cover each one with tin foil and weigh it down with a heavy book or two, to be sure that it dries flat.

 Now it is time to begin to figure out what embellishments you want on each of your cardstock squares.

* Try different combinations of braids, ribbons, rick-rack, buttons or gems, vintage pictures or other scrapbook ephemera, including chipboard shapes such as keys, or clocks, or gardening utensils, or fishing images, or anything that your Dad or Grandpa is fond of.


For the first mini-collage with the letter “F,” we made a little medallion using a strip of folded paper (simply fold accordion-style the entire length of a strip of scrapbook paper and then bring one end around to meet the other, creating a circular medallion – glue the ends together and weigh down until it dries), and then added a vintage button and four strips of narrow black ribbon.

With a gold chipboard key and a black and gold tone button, this one was complete!

 Our second card with the letter “A” features a bottom border created using black satin ribbon and a scrap of gold rick-rack that we found in the bottom of our scrap box.

 Then a vintage watch face from our scrapbooking stash was added at the upper right side of the letter, and three brown vintage buttons are lined up along the left side of the letter, with the largest button at the top, down to the smallest button on the bottom.


The letter “T” is embellished with a strip of wide black rick-rack down the left side of the card and a strip of brown braid across the top, creating a little “corner” where a vintage brown button fits just perfectly!

A pewter colored chipboard key stands boldly along the right side of the letter and a vintage black button adds balance to that side of the card.


For the letter “H” we cut a strip of dark red paper and glued it on the right side of the card, and glued a narrow ivory satin ribbon down the center. This made a perfect background for four vintage brown buttons.

With the black and white polka dot background, and the writing behind the letter, this card really didn’t need very much more embellishment! One pewter colored watch embellishment was added to the bottom left corner of the letter to balance the design.

The letter “E” card has a bottom border of black and white stripes cut from one of the extra cards, and a narrow black satin ribbon strip was glued across the top of that border, as well as along the top of the card.

A gold tone chipboard key embellishes the left side of the letter. At the lower right corner we placed a medallion cut from a piece of scrap paper, with a vintage military button in the center.


The final card with the letter “R” has old-fashioned corners cut from scraps of the dark red paper, a strip of wide black rick-rack down the left side of the letter, a pewter colored chipboard key along the bottom of the letter, and a medallion cut from another piece of scrapbook paper that says “Journey.”

A vintage black and rhinestone button finishes this last card just perfectly!


Step 7: When you complete the embellishments on each card, it is important that you allow them all to dry overnight.

I have found that the best way to dry your cards with the most successful outcome is to place each card between layers of tin foil and weight it down with a heavy book or two.

Even if you have a few embellishments that are three-dimensional such as buttons or chipboard shapes, a heavy book will weigh it down while it is drying so that it stay more securely in place.

Step 8: After all your card squares are embellished and thoroughly dry, it is time to connect them together to make a banner.


Begin by punching three holes in the RIGHT side of the first card (do not punch holes in the LEFT side of the first card) using a single-hole punch.


Measure the length of the side of the card and divide it evenly so that your three holes are the same distance apart.

For instance, if your cards are 6” X 6”, the top hole would be approximately ½” from the top, the middle hole would be at exactly 3” from top and bottom, and the bottom hole would be ½” from the bottom, so that each hole is 2 ½” apart.

Then, punch three holes in BOTH sides of the remaining middle card squares, leaving the last card square with holes punched in ONLY the LEFT side.

Measure each row of holes to match the card to which it will be connected.




Step 9: After all the cards have three holes punched along the sides, you can begin to lace them together with ribbon, twine, or yarn.

We used a fuzzy fiber yarn in shades of brown, ivory, gray and black to coordinate with the colors of the cards.



Pull one end of the ribbon or yarn through from the back of the top hole on both cards. Tie a double-knot, making sure that the cards do not overlap (or the banner will not stand up correctly).

You want to tie the ribbon or yarn tight enough to hold the cards side-by-side, but not so tight that they overlap.

Continue tying ribbon or yarn through each set of holes, connecting one card to the other, until you have them all connected.


When you have them all connected you can trim any excess length from the ribbon or yarn if you want to.





Stand your banner card on a mantle, creating a little zig-zag design or you can also stand the banner card in a semi-circle.

This beautiful card can be easily mailed in a padded envelope or a hand-crafted box envelope.

Because of the thickness of this card, it cannot be mailed in a regular envelope but if you stopback and visit me here at mamas*little*treasures, there will be a tutorial posted very soon to show you how to create a hand-crafted envelope box from lightweight cardboard and more scrapbook paper . . . . you can even make the envelope to match the card!



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  1. Linda

    This is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for the tut on how to make it. I love it!

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