Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card

Authentique Manly Gone Fishing Tall and Skinny Father's Day Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card with Authentique Manly

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m over on the Authentique Blog sharing this Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card as part of Authentique’s Father’s Day Week Celebration.  All week long you will find wonderful masculine projects that honor the dads in our lives.

My father and 3 older brothers were avid fishermen.  The rose early in the summer mornings with tackle box, rods & reels, night crawlers, a thermos of coffee and a bag of sandwiches in tow.  They were gone fishing.  On a good day, they’d come home with fresh brook trout for dinner.  But even if their fishing creels were empty, they had the pleasure of that time together under the sky in God’s beautiful world.  And they bonded, even though hardly a word was spoken while fishing.  Dads seem to be able to speak into their children’s lives without saying a word.  I tried to capture that in this card.

Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: Building the Layers

Here’s how to put this card together:

  • Begin by cutting an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of paper to measure 10 1/2″ long.
  • Place the long side on your scoring tool and score at 4 1/4″  and 8 1/2″.
  • Fold to form a tall and skinny card base with a 2″ deep side pocket.
  • Mat a 3 5/8″ x 7 7/8″ panel of Manly 3 on a slightly larger panel of Spectrum Honey Comb and Spectrum Hot Chocolate. Don’t adhere to the card front yet.
  • Now cut the 3×4 “Outdoor Life” image from Manly 8.  Place the bass brad over the bass in the photo.  Mat on both colors of Spectrum cardstock.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the top third of the card.
  • Next, cut a 3″ x 3″ square of Manly 3.  Mat on the Spectrum cardstock, back with dimensionals and adhere in the lower third of the card. Leave about 1/4″ between the two decorative panels.
Gone Fishing Details

  • Adhere 3 wood slices (my son made these for me) at the bottom of the bottom panel.  Top with the novelty buttons and the small fish sticker.
  • Then adhere novelty buttons on top of the wood slices.
  • Next back the “gone fishing” sticker and the fish sticker with dimensionals and adhere above the wood slices.  Adhere a bracket sticker in the top left hand corner and top with the other small fish sticker.
  • Now thread ribbon through the Tim Holtz buckle. Wrap around the card panel and secure with a dab of hot glue.  Tie a square knot with a separate piece of ribbon.
  • Finally, adhere the panel to the card base.
Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can finish the inside of your card.  Add gussets to the side pocket and decorate with designer papers.  Tuck in a chocolate treat and a bookmark.  After all, Dad can’t fish 24/7!

I feel truly blessed to have been raised by my dad.  Although he left us far too early in life (I was only 13 years old when he passed into glory) the lessons he taught me are alive and well today.  He left his imprint on my life and character.

Wishing all the dads out there a truly blessed and restful Father’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!





8 thoughts on “Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card

  1. Susan Steele

    Awesome Father’s Day card, Kathy! Luv those vintage looking papers and how decorated it all up!!! Even down to the baby wood coasters your son made you! This card is beautiful inside too! Luv your stories to go with it! Have you got that book started yet? Big hugs! Suzy Q

  2. Martie Rollin

    I’m with Sue D…love the sliced wood topped with shaped buttons. Ha! None of the men in my life are interested in fishing, only in eating them! Despite the current popularity of this size card, I can’t bring myself to make even one…just doesn’t sit comfortable in my creative brain. Still, a beautifully created card!


    Love the fishing card and the belt buckle is the finishing touch – very nice for any guy!!!

  4. Helen Budz

    Great card, Kathy. All of the men in my life love to fish–they’ve already been to the streams for fly fishing a number of times in the past several weeks–even their wives go along at times–so I’ll definitely be checking out these Authentique papers. Thanks for sharing your card on their blog–I just subscribed to it. Hugs-stay well.

  5. soozyb2013

    Now then, if my Dad was still with us, he would have loved this card, even tho’ he never did brook or river fishing, he was ocean all the way. There aren’t too many rivers to fish unless you go to the mainland, then there is the mighty Fraser River and so many more. Beautiful card Kathy, brought back some good memories. We ate well when Dad would come home with a couple salmon 🙂 Mum would can some too, aww childhood memories. Thanks Kathy.

  6. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a great Father’s day card! It sure brings back fond memories for me. My Dad and I used to go fishing a lot together. Just the two of us and it was always an adventure! I sure treasure those days. This card has so many wonderful elements. I really like the belt buckle on the fish scale ribbon and the embellishments at the bottom are just perfect. I’m particularly fond of that “Life and fishing are similar” sentiment. Isn’t it the truth? Thank you for sharing this wonderful card and your sweet story! Hugs!

  7. Phyllis T.

    What a wonderful story about your Dad. Your card is beautiful and another wonderful tutorial for us to use. Thank you fir sharing your talent.

  8. Sue D

    Fabulous fishing themed card. Love the buttons on the wood slices. My husband and sons and grandchildren like to fish on our ponds.

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