This week is my father’s 90th birthday. He has seen so much in those 90 years and touched so many lives. He has been a minister most of his life, trying to help others, and I am grateful for all he has taught me. I thought I would share the card I have made for him.
One of his favorite things to do is go camping. We did this all our lives - can you imagine having 6 children camping in a tent? I loved to go fishing with him and remember sitting by the lake together as the sun set, hoping for one more bite. Then it was off to roast marshmallows over the open fire. Yum!
I based this card off of those memories. I created a sunset scene on a square of white cardstock, sponging various Distress Inks around a paper circle. Keeping the circle in place, I stamped the background with Impression Obsessions Cover-a-Card, Gradation (CC015 ), from top to bottom in grey and from side to side with black (stamped once on scrap paper first so not so dark). After removing the paper circle and adding some yellow ink, I stamped it a third time on the top third of the card with Versamark ink and covered this with Dandy Dandelion Embossing Powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I brushed some of it off before heat setting, giving a soft sparkle. Lightening bugs?
I added the lovely tree silhouette using IO’s Cover a Card, Pine Trees (CC101), and black ink. The “Enjoy” is from IO’s EnjoyYour Day stamp (B5501). Distressed the edges and sponged them with dark blue ink, then layered on black. This was layered on a white square that distressed and inked with the same Distress Inks I used on the main background so they would coordinate. All of this was adhered to a black card base.
For the final touch I added some die cuts to give the hint of being by water. I used Impression Obsessions Cattails die (DIE087-P), die cutting from white cardstock and coloring with distress inks. The cattail stems were darker but lightened as they dried, but I decided to just leave them. I added some flocking to the cattails and a little glitter on the dragonfly wings. Great birthday card and perfect for the current challenge at Impression Obsession – Beautiful Stamped Backgrounds.
Happy Birthday, Dad!
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