One of my little nephew's is turning one-year old this month. Reese has an older nine-year old brother, for whom I have always made birthday cards, so Reese gets to become one of my permanent birthday card recipients as well. See the finished card I chose for him below:
Ingredients: Cardstocks: Bazzill--Tapioca (yellow), Aruba (aqua). Stampin' Up--Very Vanilla. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye--Be Loved/ Fond Flowers. Magnolia stamp: Edwin the Bug Catcher. Spellbinders: Labels Eight. Punches: Zutter Corner Rounder; EK Scallop-LG Corner (modifed to rounded corners). Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored pencils with mineral spirits.Recollections: Gold rhinestones. Ribbon: 5/8" Offray Chocolate Double Satin. Distressing: Colorbox Chestnut Roan. Computer-made sentiment. Size: 5" x 7".
Story + Tidbits
Reese's card is one that I actually made during a 2010 card tutorial class on woodless pencil coloring and cardmaking skills! The class and card designs were created by my sister, Heidi Gonzales, who owned a scrapbook store at the time. Take a look at the wonder coloring textures that she taught us in coloring his shirt.
Yikes, I just realized this card is way older than its recipient by over five years! Now, don't think I have never given this card away because I hate the card, but rather, the reason is that I loved this Magnolia stamped little Edwin the Bug Catcher so much that I hated to part with him. He also represents the last card I have of my first attempts to color using the woodless colored pencils and Gamsol for blending and setting the colors, a coloring technique I used before I jumped to Copic marker coloring.
Another reason I still had it in my possession was because I really considered it a "little boy card," and I waited so long to give it up that eventually all my nephew's grew too old for it. With the birth of Reese last year, I decided this was the time to part with it, and to Reese it would belong even though he still a bit young for bug catching. But, you will note that the verse ties in bug catching that will surely be in his future.
When making my card, I tweaked the design just a bit by making it larger, from a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" size to 5" x 7" size. In addition, I used a different and larger die set behind Edwin and added a few more rhinestones to the front ribbon. The inside is completely my own creation from paper to verse.