My husband is a tall man (6’6″) and so we joke that since he is so big he gets two birthdays. In truth he really does have two; the one he celebrated most of his childhood years and the one he discovered on his birth certificate when he grew old enough to get a job. His mother swears by the first one – after all, she was there! Anyway, it’s that time again and I always make him a card so here is the one for this year in all its glory. I spent a number of days on it and went a bit crazy (not a far journey for me). I had such fun trying out new techniques. This is a pretty photo laden post so hold onto your party hats! Click on photos for expanded view.
The ‘Happy Birthday’ words are strung onto wires so they are kind of boingy as you open the card. They float in front of the center panel.
The propeller actually spins.
The octopuses are die cut from metallic cardstock, painted with acrylic paint and distress stains, then embossed with UTEE. They look like they just emerged from the water.
The outside was made by embossing metal cardstock, then applying layers of metallic paint. The gears were the same technique except they were die cut after the embossing. The hinges were cut from grunge board and distressed with paint and stains. That’s it! I left out a lot of steps but this post is already pretty long! Thanks for looking!
I’m entering the following challenges:
- August Reader Art Quest over at UNRULY PAPERARTS – the prompt? Manly – how perfect!
- Anything Goes Challenge #135 over at 613 Avenue Create. Thanks to Chana, Kathi and the DT Ladies for hosting! It looks like they are having so much fun over there I’ll have to do some more challenges soon!
- Challenge – Anything Goes Mixed Media held by Lisa and the DT girls over at That Craft Place Ltd – Thanks ladies!