|"Happy 18th Birthday Joshua"|
Hi Friends, Today I'm sharing a card I made for my 'adopted grandson' Josh for his 18th birthday. Whenever I create for my grandsons, I always seem to lean towards a "Time Fly's" theme. Probably because they are all growing up so fast! It may look a little complicated but actually with just a few simple techniques it was pretty easy and lots of fun to create.
To start, I used Graphic 45's "Steampunk Spells" paper collection and its coordinating 6x6 cardstock pad. I fussy cut a few flowers for the cover and inside with their vines or gears still attached. Then I picked out a nice big hot air balloon for the cover and a small on for the inside. I really wanted the big balloon to have a lot of dimension, so I adhered it to chipboard, distressed the edges (using TH Vintage Photo) and added a few coats of Glossy Accents to make it shine and really pop!
|Male Steampunk Gear Head Chippy from Gina's Design|
Then I took this amazing Steampunk Male Gear Head chippy, a gift from my friend Donna from Gina's Designs and finished it with some Viva Inka Gold and Copper colored Metallic Rubs. I used the same metallic rubs in green, azure and turquoise to finish the Leaky Shed Spring Butterfly.
|Steampunk Male Gear Head Close Up|
Putting it all together was pretty simple. Before I adhered anything or double matted the background papers, I added the corner eyelets to the top piece of cardstock, roughed up the mat edges and distressed them with ink. Then I roughly sewed the edge of each mat with different stitches. I arranged the embellishments the way I wanted them, then used a clock face to stamp out a few peek-a-boo clocks and the inside sentiment. Now I was ready to secure everything down. I used some foam tape to lift the balloon up, tucked in a few flowers and the gear head, layered on some metal gears, butterfly sequins, and finely the birthday banner. Here's the inside of the card and a final look at the cover:
|"Live the Life You've Imagined"|
|Happy 18th Birthday Joshua"|
Well friends that's it for me today. I hope all you Steampunk fans out there enjoyed this fun, funky and cool masculine card. Until next time, I hope you're inspired to create something from the heart! ~ Dawna
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