This week's Simon Says Stamp's current challenge was just what I needed to get me to make my Father's Day card.
I bought corkboard sheets years ago and have never used them, and since I recently got charm tool dies, I figured now was my chance. I die cut the tools out of black cardstock and used a silver gel pen to colour the metallic parts. I cut out a piece of corkboard and rounded the edges. For the background I embossed silver cardstock.
I don't have a proper Father's Day sentiment stamp, so I used an alphabet stamp I really like (and used for the first time). To get the letters straight I taped a piece of acetate to my card. I still got the T and H a bit higher than the other letters (as I did each letter separately so they'd be closer together), but on the whole I'm happy with it. I used a silver pigment ink, and so had some stamp cleaner on one cloth and water on another so I could quickly clean the ink off and not stain my stamps (and it worked!).
To attach the corkboard, I used 4 screw brads (which are attached to the silver cardstock). For the cardstock I used a tape runner. I glued the tops of the charms to the corkboard so the bottoms swing free.
My dad's quite a handyman who worked with metals for most of his career, so I think he'll like this.