These gear shapes, are perfect to create a card that would be great for Dad, but also could be used for a birthday card too!
One technique that I love to include in my projects is mixing patterns. It’s not even a “technique” necessarily, but a style that I enjoy so very much. Using your Silhouette machine makes so easy to cut out a bunch of different patterns with one fell swoop!
First, I sized my gear shapes to the sizes that I wanted to fit on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card front.
Then, I cut out my 5 patterned papers and placed them on my cutting mat in the spots where I arranged them in my Silhouette Software.
Arranging your shapes and papers this way makes it easy to send it through your machine once and have all of your pieces cut out
After all my pieces were cut out, I wanted to arrange them on a patterned paper, but one that wouldn’t distract from the gears themselves. I chose a subtle, gray woodgrain pattern that I think works nicely and also adds another masculine touch.
I also cut out a brushed script sentiment using a dark brown cardstock. I wanted to choose something that would stand out against all of the patterns.
Then I topped off the card with some metallic rhinestones for added texture and to play off of the mechanical theme of the gears.
I hope this tutorial gave you a Father’s Day card idea and showed you how you can easily make a multi-patterned card quickly and easily! Use that cutting mat to your advantage!