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DIY – Father’s Day Cards

On the House describes a mending plate is as a metal connector that is used to help strengthen joints in wooden furniture, shelves, frames and other household connections. It reinforces the pieces together. They come in different shapes and sizes to suit the needs of the shape and materials you need to mend together.

I thought in some strange way this is a nice metaphor for what a Father is. That is, a Father stereotypically is the go to person to help mend things or fix things up around the house. We’re two grown adults and believe me I’ve lost track of the amount of times my Father-in-Law has come over to help us with everything around the house and our cars. Let alone how much Father’s fix outside of just the physical components of a home.

And because I look for any excuse to use my TEKTON metal stamp set, I came up with this idea for a Father’s Day card craft for this year.

I gathered up my supplies:

– TEKTON metal stamp set

– Hammer

Mending Plates

– Brads (aka Paper Fasteners) in the shapes of screw heads

Fathers Day Card Craft Supplies

Stamped the mending plates and then fastened them onto plain kraft paper cardstock.

DIY Fathers Day Card

Fathers Day Card craft

Fathers Day Card Grandfather

Fathers Day Card Craft

Inside I wrote “Thanks for always being our family’s mending plate”.

My Dad is an Engineer and my Father in Law is a Mechanic. So the cards work for both of them. And as for my husband, well, none of the projects on here that start as a “Hey we should make…” in my head could ever come to life without him. He’s the most wonderful father and husband a girl could ask for.

J & C

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

28 Comments

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    June 10, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Awww… this is such a sweet tribute to the Dads in your life. Plus I love all the truly unique ways you dream up to use your Tekton. I STILL haven’t tried out mine. This may be the project to give it try with. πŸ™‚

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      Alex
      June 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Go do a project with it!!! Anything. Make a necklace. Make a sign. I think we need a TEKTON challenge for bloggers.

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    June 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I LOVE this project! πŸ™‚

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      Alex
      June 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    June 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Awww! That last photo steals the show!!
    The cards are great… simple, and guy-ish. Is that a word?
    You weren’t tempted to break out some glitter?

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      Alex
      June 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Nah, they’re totally guy-ish. No glitter. I’m saving that for Christmas cards this year just for you.

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    cheryl
    June 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Sigh… just so fabulous. And not only is right up there at the top of the husband/father list, he’s also a Steelers fan, which shoot him straight up into the stratosphere (occupied by a few other of my family members (-; )

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      Alex
      June 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Listen one of these days I am going to be blackmailed into heading to Pittsburgh to see a game live. If so, I’ll drop off some Maple Syrup if we’re in the neighbourhood.

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    June 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    well, shoot! ain’t those the cutest?! great idea, words and design. well done, once again, alex!

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Tamara! πŸ™‚

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    now at home mom
    June 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    awww! love it! I even made hubby look at this post! πŸ™‚ great idea Alex! I need to get me one of these TEKTON! πŸ™‚ & the last picture is beautiful; great big hug! your little baby girl is so pretty! πŸ™‚

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I just wound up picking up another stamp set for leather and other crafts b/c I wanted a new font. God love the 50% off Michael’s coupons!!

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        now at home mom
        June 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        πŸ™‚ I know, I love those coupons too! πŸ™‚ hi!hi! you are funny!

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    Time With Thea
    June 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I so connected with your last photograph! The photograph of your daughter and your husband is sooo precious. The card is awesome too. Take Care, Thea

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Thea! πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    June 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Aw, what a great father daughter picture! It’s hard capturing those moments that happen in an instance but you did a great job here : ]

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

      You ever find half the time you’re like Look at Mommy and they put their hands over their face? She’s like that. Half the photos I have of her are of the top of her head.

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet
    June 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Oh man, that pic of your hubby and daughter is just so cute, my computer screen might explode. And I love your industrial approach to a Father’s Day card. My FIL and Dad would totally dig it.

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I have such a bad obsession with the industrial decor that it’s seeping into everything. If I make metal Xmas cards I apologize in advance.

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    jomoonto
    June 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

    what a great idea!!

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons)
    June 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    That is such a sweet picture of your daughter and her daddy! And you know, I love your cards.

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      Alex
      June 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Thank you Kelly! πŸ™‚

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    Kyla @ Mommy's Weird
    June 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    candacederickx
    June 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    OMG Alex, that last picture! So sweet. Love the cards too.

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