Monday 2 May 2016

Happy Birthday Dad!

It's my Dad's birthday today.  We celebrated yesterday as no-one had to go to work today.  Even my brother who lives in Canada managed to join in as we played a family game together over Skype; if you've ever had to shout out instructions to diffuse various modules on an electronic 'bomb' via the internet you can understand the atmosphere.  Brother following instructions; Mum on morse code duty; one sister counting coloured wires; brother-in-law dealing with coloured buttons; other sister dealing with mazes and word codes; nephew on 'Whose on First' duty; son dealing with 'Simon Says' and myself on complicated wire duty dealing with the Venn diagrams because no-one else will touch the job.  It was a hysterical couple of hours; Dad just enjoys watching and listening to the mayhem.  Any way - Happy Birthday Dad, I made these cards especially for you.

Started with Green and worked down.
As I was making two cards, one from me and one from the grand kids, I decided to follow the same layout and colour scheme.  As my Dad is a former electrical engineer, I wanted to use a border from the Light and Sound Borders by IndigoBlu and went with a rainbow colour theme to create the background.  I cut a panel of Sheena's Stamping Card 19.5cm x 13.3cm and started at the middle.  The colours that I used were Vermillion, Monarch Orange, Saffron, Emerald Green, Forget-Me-Not, Manganese Blue and Deep Purple Archival ink pads.  

Initially I was intending to use the panel the other way in portrait mode as you can see from the way that I stamped it.  However, as I looked through my stash of stamps I found the Happy Birthday to You stamp set by Woodware and loved the look of the text; it really echoed the jagged lines of the sound wave background.  Unfortunately, when I stamped it over the background using Onyx Black Versafine ink, I didn't press hard enough and the impression was decidedly weak.  
Instead of immediately using my Sakura black fine line pen to go over the image, I tried stamping over the top, leaving a ghost image.  However, once I had finished off with the fine liner, I wasn't too disappointed.  I matted the panel onto a piece of black card (20cm x 13.8cm) and then added the whole thing to a white hammered card blank.  The addition of a 'Dad' peel off, coloured black to match the text, finished the card nicely.
The second card was mostly stamped using additional stamps from the Happy Birthday to You set; the candle, row of small stars and the larger grunge star.  The only additions were the Happy Birthday from the Everyday Expressions set by Inkadinkado and the 'Gramps' stamp from the Relations set also by Woodware.  I was so grateful to find that set; it had previously been almost impossible to find peel offs with 'Gramps' on them and I have always ended up making the title letter by letter.  Thankfully it is no longer so uncommon to hear a grandfather referred to as Gramps as it was 23 years ago, and stamps and even dies are now available. 
I used the same size panel, black mat and base card of white hammered card as I did with the first card.  The Happy Birthday Gramps were stamped first and the candles added next.  I decided to hide his age, but if you count up all the stars and candles on the front of the card you can find it.  The three bigger stars not only made up the numbers, but also represent Dad's three grandsons, so I was pleased with the way it turned out on all fronts!

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