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Happy Birthday Ethan

June 12, 2018

Today my eldest grandson is celebrating his 12th birthday, his last year before becoming a teenager!  I can’t believe how fast the years have gone.  Anyway I thought I would share with you the card that I made for him and since I am not seeing him till after school, I have scheduled this post a little later in the day.

Ethan loves to play guitar in any form and is developing a keen interest in perhaps learning the drums as well.  Luckily he can do quite a lot of this at school.  Anyway I wanted to make him a card that reflects this love as well as his love of the great outdoors.  I started by stamping the Sheet Music Background stamp onto Very Vanilla card using Crumb Cake ink.  I sponged all around the edges of the card using the same ink and then wrapped it with a piece of 5/8″ Burlap RibbonThe panel is attached to scored and folded Balmy Blue card.  I stamped the guitar from the Country Livin’ stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I covered it with a post-it-note mask before stamping the boots from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I covered the boots with a post-it-note mask  and then covered the panel from the bottom of the boots up before sponging with Crumb Cake ink and a little Granny Apple Green ink.  I removed the mask across the panel but left the ones covering the boots and guitar and stamped the mountain image from the Waterfront stamp set using Blackberry Bliss ink.  With the masks still covering the boots and the guitar I sponged Pool Party ink close to the mountains and then Balmy Blue ink across the rest of the panel.  Once I had done all of that, I removed the masks and then used the largest oval from the Layering Oval Framelits Dies to cut out the image.  I coloured the guitar and boot images using Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake and the Bronze Stampin’ Blends.  I attached the panel to the card front but didn’t add any dimensionals as I felt that the colours made it stand out enough.  I stamped “happy birthday” from the Picture Perfect stamp set onto Very Vanilla card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Classic Label Punch to cut it out.  The greeting is attached to the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

To decorate the inside of the card, I masked across the bottom of Very Vanilla card with Post-It- Notes and stamped the Sheet Music Background using Crumb Cake ink and sponged over the stamped image using the same ink before removing the masks.  I stamped the greeting from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink before attaching the panel to the inside of the card.

I love the way the sky looks just like it does on a winter’s day in outback Queensland at Longreach or Winton or somewhere similar.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,


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