Monday, March 20, 2017

Dad's Birthday! {03.20.2017}

Today is my Dad's 81st birthday. He is a retired Civil Engineer. I try to make masculine yet interactive or dimensional cards for him since he likes complexity ... This is what I made for him this year. Let's say hello.

I used Lawn Fawn's Out Of This World stamp set and matching dies. I also used Lawn Fawn's Slide on Over Circles dies. Here is a close up of the astronaut on one of the sliders, around one of the sentiments. I did two sliders on this card, this one for the astronaut, and another one for Saturn.

To start the card, I created a galaxy. This was really fun! I pulled out several distress inks in purple, pink, and blues. I blended them onto white cardstock. It didn't really matter what it looked like, so I didn't have to be careful or blend perfectly. Then, once I had the colors down, I lightly blended over all the color with Black Soot distress ink. I spritzed on some water droplets, and then daubbed them up with a paper towel. This gave the galaxy a bit more dimension and texture. Then, to top it all off, I put a few blotches of Copic Opaque White onto an acrylic block. I sprinkled on some of Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sparking Snow glitter, and added in a drop or two of water to thin it down. Using a paintbrush, I then flicked the paint-glitter mixture onto the background. This created splatters that look like stars. It was really fun to make, and the glitter really made the white splatters pop and sparkle. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture any of this in these photographs, but it was really cool in real life!

I colored the images with Copic markers. This is a close up of Earth, and I also highlighted it a bit with a Wink of Stella clear sparkle pen. This photo shows some of the sparkle from the pen, but it is more sparkly in real life.

Here is Saturn, in its slider component. It was really fun to spin and slide Saturn around in circles :)

Here is a close up of the astronaut and the sentiment. I stamped out the sentiment in Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder and heat set it. The astronaut spins around this sentiment and it was really fun to play with!

I always like to decorate the inside of my card. I cut Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack. I used two colors, a sand or sunset type color, and a soft blue, which made me think of the sky. I used the blue for the front cover inside, and the sunset color for the actual inside of the card. Here are the two inside pieces.

I used another sentiment from the stamp set, and stamped it with a black ink and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. This photo shows how great and shiny the clear embossing powder is after it is heat set. I love this!

I hope my Dad likes this card. I had a lot of fun making it, and learned new techniques. He is a big kid at heart, so will hopefully enjoy the interactive parts.

And, I have entered this in Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #1 Happy Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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  1. This is totally cool. Your Dad will love it! Great background, thanks for sharing how you did it and those interactive circles are so fun. Awesome sentiments too, especially the one on the inside!

  2. SO CUTE! This is one of my favorite sets and you made it look awesome!

  3. Happy Birthday to your dad!! he is sure to love your adorable card!! TFS

  4. Wow! Out of this world, Miss Chris! Love how you have splattered atop the EP! hugs, de

  5. Wow, outstanding card design! That outer space background is amazing! Happy wishes to your dad and thanks for joining us for our 1st Lawn Fawnatics challenge!