My youngest son, Mark, is having a birthday in October, and we are celebrating early because it falls mid-week! I usually pick a theme for my birthday cards that represents something about the person for which it's made. The first card I made Mark was an Accu-Cut die of an old pick-up that matched his first "car" when he was a teen-ager. The next year I made a card embellished with metal tools...he's quite the handyman and a carpenter by trade. The following year it was a Copic-colored dirt-bike rider on his bike. Last year's card depicted Mark's love of camping and the outdoors with a bear lumbering into the campsite with two foaming beer steins in paws...don't know if the bear stole the beer from the campsite or was bringing his own BYOB for a campsite visit!
This year I decided I would make Mark's card with our football team, the Seattle Seahawks, as the theme as he is quite the 12th Man Seahawk fan. He even has the Seahawks' stretch bird streaming complete around his walk-in closet, which he just added to his master bedroom by going into unused attic space! The streaming bird is compliments of his wife's artistic drawing and painting abilities...it looks absolutely great...just like the logo stretch bird shown below!
I decided to make the focal point of his card a T-shirt with a Seahawks' graphic by using my My Favorite Things Masculine Graphic Tee die and a Space Needle die from Impress Stamps. First, I went online to look for a Seahawk's graphic that could be added to my t-shirt front. I then chose a shimmery navy paper for the background of the t-shirt with a touch of shimmery green at the neck and sleeve edges. I chose some patterned paper possibilities, and the rest of my card design fell into place very swiftly. I love it when that happens! I am really pleased with the finished card design, and I think Mark will be surprised and very pleased as well. He is always so appreciative, as are all of my kids, with my card dabbling art in honor of their birthdays, holidays and special events!
And the inside and verse created follows:
Recipe:Paper - SU cardstocks - Night of Navy/ Lucky Limeade; SU Printed Poetry dsp (stripe); DCWV Lemoncello stack (houndstooth); DCWV Shimmer stack (navy/ green); Bo Bunny Learning Curve Recess (navy grid); Recollections Glitter Opal. Dies - My Favorite Things Masculine Graphic Tee; Papertrey Medium ZigZag; Savvy Space Needle; MemoryBox Alpha. Punch - SU 3/4" Scallop Circle. Other - Lyon Metallic Yarn. SU Candy Dots. (SplitcoastStampers Thread: October 5, 2015/ #4).