I just want to wish a happy birthday to two very special men in my life. My Dad and my nephew Drew. Love you both! MmmmWaaa! XOXO
For Dad's card I got my inspiration from Pinterest. I love using metal foil in unexpected places and my inspiration used embossed foil tape for the feather. All the dies and embossing folders are from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.
I covered a piece of black cardstock with a sheet of foil tape and ran it through my Vagabond with a steampuck-ish looking embossing folder. I then coated it with black distress paint (wiping off excess) and once dry I sanded the high spots, wiped it clean of any dust. Then I applied alcohol inks in blues and greens. I die cut the pen nibs from some unembossed pieces of the metal tape/cardstock and added the details with a fine tipped embossing tool. Those are then finished with a bit of black distress paint to bring up the detail and knock down the shiny silver.
I die cut the inkwell from grungeboard and embossed it with an embossing folder and my trusty Vagabond machine. I painted it with the Pewter Distress Paint and dried it. To give it a more distressed look I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and scraped it off the high spots. Once dry and crackly (not sure that's a real word - LOL!) I used Black Distress Stain to bring up the crackles.
For the background I cut a piece of paper from the new Wallflower paper stash from Tim Holtz and stamped it with the pen nib border and script with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for more interest.
To finish the card I stamped the sentiment and Birthday Definition with Archival Ink in Black and glued everything in place.
Next up is the card I made for my Nephew, Drew. All I can say is that the card I make for his sister's birthday in July better live up to the expectation. I've certainly raised the bar with this one! Oh Boy!
Again I used the Star Bright and Crescent Moon & Stars dies from Tim Holtz. Some of the stars I cut from Tissue Wrap covered Grungeboard, some from metal tape covered cardstock (i used various metal marking tools to draw texture and design into the metal). I distressed and colored all of them with Distress Paints & Inks. The moon is also cut from the same prepared metal/cardstock. I then adhered stars together to layer them, some of which I attached to painted bamboo skewers with hot glue.
For the background I cut a piece of Manilla cardstock and painted, inked and stenciled it within an inch of its life! I die cut a #8 tag and the bookplate from the Destinations Paper Stash Pad. I coated the bookplate frame with embossing ink and applied then melted a distressed copper embossing powder (from JudiKins). I stamped Wish Upon A Star and built up the label as shown finishing it with a tiny Mirrored Star. I colored the ribbon with the leftover ink off the craft sheet.
The word NINE is diecut from prepared black cardstock using the Wordplay die, which is then glued to a section of another die cut tag and attached to the finished card with foam tape.
Confession time: I originally asked my mother how old Drew was going to be because for the life of me I couldn't remember. She said eight. Yes, I said eight. After I had finished the card mom called to tell me that Drew was going to be NINE (OMG! Where does the time go!). It's just one of those design challenges - right? Anyway, you can see the finished card and I have to say I like it better with the raised section of the background tag.
To finish the card I glued the moon to the inside of the card so that it is peeking out from behind the star wands.