Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Travel Notes - Birthday Card

Hello Everyone

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying whatever weather has been chucked at you, wherever you are. For the record it's dull and threatening rain here in Ayrshire. This has got to be the quickest post in history today - I have some packing to do! The card I'm sharing was made for my son, Alun, on his 46th birthday.

Like his sister's dream of owning a VW Campervan - see Sunday's Snippet post, Alun has his dreams and this plane is something like one of them. At the moment he flies a microlight but hopes to change it for something a bit more substantial ... his mum would be pleased with that too. Flying around in a flimsy looking machine that is powered by what sounds like a lawn mower engine doesn't fill me with confidence!

How I made it:
- I began by making the topper. The Molly Bloom image was stamped on to white watercolour paper using Stazon Jet Black Ink. Actually this was my second attempt - I really fluffed up the first by using the wrong ink pad! I then watercoloured it, using the illustration on the stamp packaging as a guide, with Spectrum Aqua markers.

- Next, I trimmed it down and matted it on to a layer of gold card and another of light turquoise - both pieces found in the snippet mountain. 

- The base, a 6" square Kraft one, was covered in a sheet taken from Papermania's All Aboard 6x6 paper pad. A band made from a scrap length of gold card and a strip trimmed from another sheet of patterned paper, edges inked with Vintage Photo distress ink, was then attached across the middle of the card.

- The words and tag were cut from another two sheets from the same paper pad, edges inked with the Vintage Photo, and adhered, sort of randomly, on the base paper. 

- The topper was then adhered to the card, slightly off-centre to allow the design on the paper to be seen.

- The final touches were to add the Dekromount die-cut word, son, coloured with one of the Aqua markers (Buttercup) already used in the colouring of the stamped image, and write 'Happy Birthday' with a Pigma Micron 03 black pen on the banner flying from the plane. 

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 190 - snippets of gold and light turquoise cardstock used.

Seize the Birthday - Anything that Flies!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #158 - Holiday

And the reason why I'm packing ... I'm sure you're dying to know! I'm off to the Flower Show at Southport this weekend, by car not microlight!, and I'm so looking forward to it. I've got my fingers crossed that the showers forecast will skip the where we will be just for the day ... a little bit of sunshine would be good too but maybe that's asking for a bit too much :)

Of course, I wish fair weather for you wherever you are this weekend too :)


  1. Very lovely card Elizabeth. Greetings, Veerle

  2. Great card, perfect for your son! I'm sure Alun was thrilled with it.

    Hope you have a good time at the Flower Show. xx

  3. Fab card there Elizabeth - Alun will be delighted for sure! You reminded me that I neglect my Aqua Markers, note to self here. Wonderful colouring you did!

    Enjoy the Flower Show!


    Di xx

  4. what a lovely card for a son.

  5. So lovely Elizabeth, great design
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  6. You have made a lovely card for your son, I love the image and your super card design.
    Jean x

  7. Oh I appreciate that you show something different than a Christmas card in our holiday challenge at ATSM. Thank you so much! It is so cool! Have loads of fun at the flower show! Creative regards from stempelfrida

  8. Stunning design he'll just love this card fabulous love and hugs Carole x

  9. Oh I LOVE the look!
    Thanks for joining Seize the birthday!

  10. What a great masculine card! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  11. Stunning card! Love this peaceful and lovely scene. Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

  12. Great card - love that background paper! Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)


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