Being in a bright creative mood this week led me in the direction to use bright colors for these 2 birthday cards. As a general rule I am more inclined to work with pastels so it was quite refreshing to leave my comfort zone and use oranges, yellows and reds.
My color inspiration for this first card came from some very old paper by Stampin’ Up!. Once I chose the sheet of paper, everything else just fell into place. This card is for our son-in-law’s birthday. I always have a difficult time in making masculine cards, so I came up with the idea of a “county fair ribbon” theme and the rest just came together.
My locomotive card was inspired by Jackie over at Rockwell Designs and her blog post on August 10th. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for our grandson’s 2nd birthday card and as soon as I saw Jackie’s card I knew I wanted to go with the “One of a kind” theme. I thought her idea was so clever using 3 images but only coloring one, which would conjure up the idea of being an individual and one of a kind. I used a digital image I got from Elizabeth O. Dulemba (she has a plethora of great digital images on her website, you should check it out).
My thought process was to resize the image and make the center train larger than the other two to depict the specialness of our little grandson. In retrospect I should have spelled out the number 1 since it’s his 2nd birthday and having the number one standing front and center makes for a bit of confusion. I did add the number 2 to the locomotive as well as writing Happy Birthday Kannon on the smoke cloud which I hope will help resolve any confusion. As a side note, I was so proud of myself by adding the words and numbers using Photoshop as I’m a real dinosaur when it comes to those types of things. I really like how this card turned out. Again, the colors are different from my norm, but it’s a fun card and one I hope he’ll enjoy.
It’s hard to tell on this picture of the card but I added red glitter to the smoke stack. I also used my Gelly Roll glitter pen for the roof top and highlighted some of the metal with my grey Souffle’ pen.
First Place Birthday Card
Green C/S & paper – Stampin’ Up!
Red & Coral c/s – Club Scrap
Punches – Marvy Uchida
Button – Basic Grey
DMC Embroidery floss
Black Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up!
One of a Kind Birthday Card
Card Stock & Paper – Stampin’ Up!
Souffle’ & Gelly Roll Pens – Sakura
Buttons – Basic Grey
Red Glitter – Stampin’ Up!
Digital Image from Elizabeth O. Dulemba