The Goodfather Father’s Day card

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Vito Corleone isn’t exactly father of the year, but as a fan of pop culture and epic style, I couldn’t resist making a Godfather-themed card for Father’s Day. I made two different designs: one for new dads, and one for any other dad. You can download our SVGs, and this tutorial will walk you through making a Father’s Day card your padre can’t refuse!

The finished cards are 4.75″ x 6.75″ so they will fit in standard 5×7″ envelopes, but you might want to make our tuxedo envelope fit for a Don.

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Materials and tools:

  • Cutting machine I’m using a Cricut
  • Scoring Stylus or Scoring Wheel
  • Cut filedownload the SVGs from our Resource Library
  • Cutting mat – I’m using 12×12″ mats: blue Light Grip for cardstock and green Standard grip for vinyl
  • Brayer or felted squeegee
  • squeegee/scraper
  • weeding tool – I’m using Tweezerman pointed tweezers
  • cardstock – I’m using black Cricut 80lb cardstock for the base, and Recollections 65lb cardstock in black, white, and red for the panels (8.5″ x 11″ sheets are OK for everything)
  • adhesive vinyl – any white permanent vinyl; I’m using Siser EasyPSV Starling matte white (a ~4×6″ piece will be sufficient for either design)
  • transfer tape – I’m using Cricut brand
  • pen – I am using a Cricut 0.4mm (Fine Point) black pen
  • adhesive – I used a dollar store tape runner, you can use glue if you prefer (I like Art Glitter glue)
closeup of cricut mats, cardstock, vinyl and tools needed to make the father's day card

Download the SVGs

You can find the SVGs for each card in the Father’s Day section of our Resource Library. Download whichever design you want to make.

preview image of The Goodfather card design for new dads
preview image of The Goodfather Father's Day card design

The sentiments inside the cards are:

photo of opened Goodfather cards, showing the sentiments inside

Upload & prepare your file in Design Space

Open Design Space and start a new project.

1. Upload the SVG (if you have trouble with this step, you can check out our full guide to uploading images)

  • Click the Upload icon (lefthand sidebar)
  • Click the Upload Image button and follow the prompts (Upload image > choose the file from your download folder > Upload)

2. Select the image and Ungroup (top of Layers panel, righthand side of the canvas)

screenshot of the Goodfather card project in Design Space being ungrouped after upload to the canvas

The text in these designs is in SVG format, so you can’t edit it. The sentiment text already has an inset added (-0.003″ offset) to fill in the font so it appears as a solid line. For instructions on how to customize the text for the front or inside of the card, you can jump to the Customization section at the bottom of this article.

3. The first two layers are the text layers (this is the original text plus an inset layer to fill it in)

Select both layers and change the operation to Draw > Pen. Select your pen type and color from the color menu next to the operation pulldown menu. Mine is Fine Point (0.4mm) in Black.

screenshot of the pen line operation change in Design Space

4. Select both pen layers and the first (white) cut layer. Click the Attach icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. This will ensure your text is written on the shaped white inside panel.

screenshot of the pen layers being attached to the sentiment plaque cut layer in Design Space

5. Select the next layer (a single vertical line) and change the operation from Basic cut to Score

screenshot of the score line operation change in Design Space

6. Select the score line and the card base layer (bottom layer in the Layers panel) and Attach them together.

screenshot of the score line and card base being attached in Design Space

7. Change the color of The Goodfather text and graphic (man & baby) from white to another color so it will cut on its own mat.

screenshot showing how to change the color of a cut layer in Design Space

Now you’re ready to click Make and go to the Mat Preview and Set, Load, and Go screens!

Cut settings

Cardstock settings:

  • I’m using a Maker 3 and cut all my cardstock on Medium Cardstock, default pressure
  • if using my Explore Air 2, I’d use Medium Cardstock, more pressure

Vinyl settings:

  • depends on your machine and brand/type of vinyl – I recommend doing a test cut if you aren’t sure
  • for Siser Easy PSV matte white permanent vinyl with a Maker 3 I use Cricut Premium vinyl, default pressure
  • if using my Explore Air 2, I prefer to cut tiny details like the horses and fish using the Washi Sheet setting, default pressure with a Deep Point blade – do a test cut if you want to try this

Matte vinyl (including removable vinyl) has a very different texture than regular glossy, and can be a bit tricky for cutting small details (which tend to lift). Cricut Premium permanent vinyl would be fine for this card if you need an easier choice to cut and weed.

Cut your cardstock layers

You will be cutting 4 mats of cardstock:

  • black base (includes a score line)
  • black front panel
  • 2 red panels (front and inside)
  • white panel (includes drawn text)

Use your brayer (or felted squeegee, or your hands) to attach your first layer of cardstock to the mat. I’m using black Cricut 80lb cardstock for my card base.

12 x 12 cardstock sheet applied to cricut lightgrip mat and rolled with an acrylic brayer for stability

The card base will require a scoring tool and your Fine Point blade. I’m using the Scoring Stylus.

closeup image cardstock sheet on a cricut lightgrip mat loaded into a Cricut maker 3 with scoring stylus and fine point blade in the tool carriages

Once your cut is complete, flip your mat over and remove the cardstock from the mat using your squeegee (scraper), starting from the corner.

closeup image of cardstock being removed from cricut lightgrip mat

Repeat this for all your cardstock layers.

Cut the vinyl design for the front

I cut a 5×5″ square of my vinyl for the father & baby design. The vinyl is loaded face-up on the mat and smoothed down with a brayer or felted squeegee.

closeup image of adhesive vinyl applied to a cricut mat with a felted squeegee

Cut your vinyl and then weed the excess using whatever weeding tool you like.

closeup image of excess adhesive vinyl being weeded away from a cut design

Your weeded design will look like this:

closeup image of white vinyl image that has been completely weeded and is ready to transfer

Apply your vinyl design to the black cardstock panel

Cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover the design, peel from the backing sheet and stick it to your shirt a couple times to make it less sticky. Place the transfer tape over the design and burnish it (press down and rub with your squeegee/scraper), then flip and burnish from the back. Carefully peel the vinyl backing sheet away, leaving your design on the transfer tape.

closeup image of adhesive vinyl applied to transfer tape sheet and the backer being peeled off

Holding each side of the transfer tape, position your design. I am positioning my design looking at the Goodfather portion of the text, making sure it is straight across the bottom and approximately centered.

closeup image of adhesive vinyl on transfer tape being positioned over cardstock panel

Gently let the transfer tape go, letting it rest on the cardstock piece without smoothing it down. Using the corner of your squeegee or a burnishing tool, burnish over ONLY the vinyl, taking care not to stick transfer tape directly to the cardstock. I often use an embossing stylus for this.

closeup image of adhesive vinyl on transfer tape being lightly burnished onto cardstock panel

Slowly peel the transfer tape away from the design at a very low angle, and you should be able to remove it without tearing your cardstock.

closeup image of transfer tape being peeled off adhesive vinyl that has been applied to a piece of black cardstock

Cover the design (I use the backer sheet from the transfer tape) and burnish to fully stick it down. Now you’re done with the trickiest part!

photo of burnishing finished applied vinyl image to cardstock using scraper tool

Assemble your layers to finish the card

Here are all your layers:

  • black card base
  • black front panel with vinyl design
  • 2 red panels
  • white panel with text
photo of cut but unassembled cardstock layers to make The Goodfather Father's Day card

To assemble, use glue or tape runner to stick your layers together. I like to flatten/press the layers with my brayer as I assemble them.

  1. Fold the card base along the score line and flatten with a squeegee or brayer
  2. Attach the black Goodfather panel to one of the red panels & attach that to the front of the card base
photo of adding tape runner to the back of the Goodfather cardstock panel
photo of positioning The Goodfather cardstock panel on red cardstock layer
photo of rolling the Goodfather and red cardstock panels with a brayer to flatten and stick them together
photo of adding The Goodfather black and red panels to the card base
  1. Attach the white plaque with the sentiment to the other red panel & attach to the inside of the card
photo of inner sentiment panel being applied to red cardstock base
photo of inner sentiment panel + red cardstock layer being applied to card base to finish making Godfather Father's Day card

Finito!

Customization of the card text

You can easily customize the front and inside of the cards using the free fonts I chose.

Front text

The famous Godfather-style font is Corleone, and you can easily customize your text for the front:

  • The Goodfathers, if you’ve got 2 dads and want to give one card to both of them
  • The Grandfather
  • The Dogfather
  • or, dare I say, The Godfather, if you’ve got one to celebrate on Father’s Day

Inside/sentiment text

The font I chose for the sentiment is Italianno, and it is not a single line font. If you want to use the same font for your own text, I recommend a 33 point font size with an offset of -0.003″. You can use our filling in letters tutorial to guide you through using Offset to create solid text.

If you would prefer a single line writing font, you might like to choose one from our list of masculine fonts. (I almost chose Josefin for this project)

Here are the finished cards!

photo of completed Goodfather card for new dads
photo of inside sentiment for new dad Goodfather card
photo of completed Goodfather card for all dads
photo of the inside sentiments of completed Goodfather father's day cards

Before you go, you might like these other projects for Father’s Day:

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