Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Weighty Birthday

For the past two years, a friend at work has asked me to make a personalized birthday card for her husband.  Last year I made a card with a bike theme as he is an avid bicyclist - this year when we were trying to think of another theme - she said 'well, he likes to lift weights'.  Hmmm, I thought, how do a create a card with that theme???
But, as sometimes happens -  when I walked into my craft room - I suddenly thought of the strong man stamp in the Big Top Stamps and Framelits set from Alterations/Tim Holtz!
I just LOVE when inspiration hits - don't you???!!!
So I die cut,stamped and colored the strong man - using Archival Jet Black Ink and Ranger Distress Markers in Shabby Shutter, Tea Dye and Black Soot along with my waterbrush.
I also die cut and stamped the stars in the set.    I rummaged through my Paper Stash papers and picked out a piece from Correspondence of a collage of tickets  for the background.   I used two Pocket Cards - one with blue stars and a red label printed on it - and another with a universal calendar - and I highlighted his birthday with green marker - Apr and 2.
I outlined the Small Talk sentiments, stars and Pocket cards with my black Stabilo pencil - then rubbed the lines with a wet finger to smudge to add a little grunge to the design.

She was very happy and excited about my design - and thinks her husband will get a kick out of it when he opens it on April 2nd.

I'm linking my card to the following challenges:
I think I hit the toppings - The Great Divide - my card is divided by 3 panels - the ticket background panel, the stars panel and the calendar panel.

Inkspirational Challenge - Geometric (lots of squares and rectangles in my design)
Our Creative Corner - The Return of the Challenge
I revisited Aug 1st 2013 challenge - Words, Words, Words
Stamps:  Big Top - Stamps and Framelits - Sizzix/Alterations
Paper:  Kraft, Rustic Cream - PTI, DP Paperstash/Correspondence - Idea-ology
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Dandelion, Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Shabby Shutters, Tea Dye, Black Soot,  Water Brush, Small Talk Occasions, Vial Labels, Pocket Cards, Label Letters - Idea-ology, foam dots, Stabilo Black Pencil.


Tracey McNeely said...

Julia what a fun card for your weight-lifting friends hubby!

Brenda Brown said...

A great fun card Julia and fits your agreed theme brilliantly.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a fabulous card Julia! I love your strong-man, and all the ephemera in the background. Wonderful masculine piece! HUGS :)

~amy~ said...

Julia, this is awesome!

Marina said...

So many fabulous details on this card - it has elements of both vintage and modern, amd I think the weightlifter is great fun. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

Kim Heggins said...

I LOVE your card....this is just so incredible. I love all your wonderful details!

Greta said...

Oh wow--what an incredible card for your friend's hubby! Love all the elements & how you put them together!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulous card Julia, brilliant idea to use the strong man and to personalize the perpetual calendar with his birthday! Deb xo

Mona Pendleton said...

Such a fun card Julia! Love all the layered TH papers!

shirley-bee said...

Great card, Julia - for quite a difficult brief! I love how you've personalised it, too. Thanks for playing at Seize The Birthday :)

Sharli Schaitberger said...

OMGSH, Julia, this is AWESOME!! What a creative card! Thanks for showing me how to "think outside the box"! Hugs!!

Shauna said...

What a cute design! The layers are lovely and complement one another nicely! Very fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

butterfly said...

Fantastic collage background - a brilliant card!
Alison x