I had hoped to get this narrative written to post earlier this week, but life got in the way just a bit. As I mentioned in my last post, a week ago Thursday, Friday was my husband's 65th birthday and I had yet to make his birthday card. My husband was not happy that he was celebrating a significant birthday milestone and really wanted to ignore it. In his mind, being 65 meant that he was nearly dead. To me, being 65 means that a new chapter of life is beginning. So I wanted him to get the message that now that he's 65 he's "going places." Here's what I came up with.
This card was really quick to make. The card base is Basic Black cardstock. A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the World Traveler Textured Impressions embossing folder with the edges of the cardstock and raised embossing sponged with Crumb Cake ink. A strip of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered over the lower part of the embossed panel then a length of Crumb Cake 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon was adhered along the center of the paper strip with the ends of the ribbon folded and adhered to the back of the embossed panel. The panel was then adhered to the card front.
A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the Happy Birthday greeting from the Sky is the Limit Sale-A-Bration stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink. The top and bottom edges of the cardstock was trimmed close to the top and bottom edges of the greeting using the Stampin' Trimmer and the left side of the cardstock was cut into a banner tail using Paper Snips. The greeting was adhered over the paper strip and ribbon aligning the left edges of the paper strip and greeting.
The compass image from the Going Global stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and punched with the 2" circle punch. A piece of Basic Black cardstock was die cut to mat the punched circle using the Big Shot and the Circles Collection Framelits. The edge of the punched circle was sponged with Crumb Cake ink and the inked sponge lightly applied over the stamped image. The punched circle was adhered centered to the die cut circle and then adhered to the right center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink. Two strips of Going Places Designer Series Paper were adhered just below the top edge of the liner (the strip is 1/2" wide) and just above the bottom edge of the liner (the strip is 3/4" wide). The "You are my greatest adventure" image from the Going Global stamp set was stamped at the center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink. The tiny heart was filled in using the fine tip end of the Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. Crumb Cake ink was lightly sponged across the open areas of the liner.
The "...greatest adventure" image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink. As with the liner for the inside sentiment area, the tiny heart was filled in with the Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, the left edge and part of the bottom edge of the envelope were sponged with Crumb Cake ink, and Crumb Cake ink was lightly sponged over the stamped image and up to the top left corner of the envelope front.
My husband was pretty tickled with his birthday card and the special surprises I had in store for him on his birthday. I think it's so important to feel special on your birthday and I do like to spoil my husband.
My husband did some spoiling of me last Sunday. A few months ago I found out that my favorite mixed media artist was coming to Florida to teach some classes. I signed up immediately and Sunday was the big day. To entice my husband to help me with the 2-1/2 hour drive to and from the class location, I offered to pay for a round of golf at a country club nearby. So here's who I spent the day with...
Can you believe it???!!! Tim Holtz!!! I was so excited and learned so much! AND I had so much fun!! I first saw Tim's work 13 years ago when he was a demo artist for Ranger at Expos and trade shows. Over the years, I've been following his work and have been intrigued with his unique style and talent. This is really the first time I've had the opportunity to take a couple of classes with him and I'm so very glad I did! The first class was a technique class experimenting and mixing a variety of inks, paints, and textures and the second was a mixed media project class using many of the techniques from the first class. Here is the completed project from the mixed media class.
My hands are still stained as Tim believes in using basic tools (your fingers) to do some of the product application. Doing these kinds of projects always gets me energized. I can't wait to get out my technique samples and refine my new skills!
Supplies I used for the birthday card --
Stamps: Going Global, Sky is the Limit; Inks: Basic Black Archival; Stampin' Write Marker: Real Red; Cardstock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper Stack: Going Places; Embellishments: Crumb Cake 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, World Traveler Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Circles Collection Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope