Today’s my son’s 13th birthday! He’s a “teen”ager now, although I think the symptoms start at 10 nowadays…, and we received a letter from the German Health authorities who suggested we bring him to a (free) consultation to a psychologist, as this is a hard time for children, it seems. Incredible! I know from experience that many European countries offer free health checks for children at certain ages, but I never heard of psychology consultations! I do think they should offer one to the parents too though, especially those with daughters, and from the age of 10! Lol (I’m glad my daughter doesn’t read my blog…).
Anyhow, I was obviously going to make him a card but I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be to make a card that had to be really special, hold memories for him for the years to come but not be too “mushy”. So I ended up making this.
The Camaro is his favourite car and this picture was taken from our road trip on the Route 66 last summer. The memory Box stitched Happy Birthday was cut out from a card I had previously sponged with various SU! inks but didn’t like the overall effect (never throw away your failed attempts!) and I was lucky enough to have a Stampendous Birthday wish stamp that mirrored our thoughts, which I stamped with SU!’s Real red. I hesitated on adding the heart because I wanted to keep it “masculine”…but the mother side of me won over!
I entered this card in
Bunny Zoe’s Travelling/transport challenge
Crafting with Dragonflies Masculine challenge
The heart was cut from acrylic skins I made from left over house paint used to make my “smear and swipe” paintings.
These are my acrylic skins cut into squares and pasted onto double sided adhesive. Its really easy to make them. You just smear some acrylic paint onto a sheet of plastic, wait for them to dry and then just peel them off and cut them into any shape you want. If you put on a thick layer of paint, you can even make jewellery out of them! Look on my post here for more info.
I’ve been wanting to make cards combining my painting passion but as I’m not a paint brush kind of artist (I’m useless with a paint brush) I couldn’t just paint flowers or anything else on the card. So I was really glad to find this method! Heres another birthday card I made with the skins for my dear Auntie Lien who is also celebrating her birthday today!
I used Sizixx’s scallop die to cut the circle, pasted my flowers which I cut from my acrylic skins using Sizixx’s Bigz L dies and Poppystamps, around it and pasted another scallop circle behind it with foam adhesive to create some depth. The greeting comes from Stampendous Birthday stamps.
I entered this card in:
Seize the Birthday Floral theme
Muse Challenge #162 whose layered flowers inspired me to do this layout
AAA Cards Anything Goes challenge
613 Avenue Create Recycled materials because I recycled our house paints to make my acrylic skins!
Crafty Calendar April challenge
Welove2create Anything Goes challenge