Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday, Dad

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!

E. Marie

Products used:
Impression Obsession:
Sparkle N Sprinkle:
        SNS Brushable Glue (540)
        Mustard Seed
        Spiced Marmalade
        Ripe Persimmon
        Barn Door
        Stormy Sky
        Stormy Sky
        Bundled Sage
        Evergreen Bough
        Tuxedo Black
        London Fog
        Paris Dusk

This card was entered in the following challenges:


Sandra H said...

Morning Marie, Early birthday wishes for your father's 90th birthday and what a gorgeous card you have created so beautiful he will love it x

Shona Erlenborn said...

What beautiful memories you have captured here Marie. Love the background you created, a perfect masculine card for your father. Congrats!

Lori Kobular said...

Your card it so beautiful and peaceful!! I am sure your Dad will love it! I love all the details you put into this card! Thanks for participating in the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog's 1st Challenge! I do hope you will join us in our future challenges!

Eret said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad, Marie. You made stunning card for him. I'm sure he loves it. This card is so macigal. Love your stamping, inking and touch of sparkle.

Rachel B. said...

Beautiful card! Happy Birthday to your Dad!

April said...

What fun memories! Such a pretty card. I know he will love it! xo

Donna Ellis said...

wow! NINETY! How wonderful, Marie! I love the intense colors you have achieved on this pretty card! I'm sure your dad will enjoy it, too. The cat tails look terrific! xo

brenda said...

Beautiful design and gorgeous Autumnal colours Marie, absolutely perfect for our theme at Penny Black and More, thanks so much for joining in and sharing your lovely work with us.

B x

Tammy said...

Love how you used used the dies with the stunning background you created! Thanks for playing along in the Scrapy Land Challenge!

Becca Cruger said...

This card is simply stunning. What a great way to celebrate such an important man in your life. Thanks for sharing!

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Gorgeous card for your dad, happy birthday, wow!
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and more, welcome again;-))m

susiestacey said...

Beautiful card and how special to base it on your happy family memories.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsortd ' Shades of Autumn' challenge and good luck x Susan x

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Marie! I am back with a different hat!

Thanks for playing in the Scrapy Land Challenge for a chance to win great prizes and badges! We hope to see you come back in the next challenge, too! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

Anne Temple said...

WOW, this is stunning Marie! Great memories to go along with the fabulous card too. I know your dad loved it too! I'm so glad you shared it with us for the first Scrapy Land Challenge too!

linda said...

beautiful! this is a fabulous card for your father's milestone birthday; i love the silhouette against the sky and the colours. thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.

Marcy said...

What a gorgeous scene you've created here! Thanks so much for joining the Loves Rubberstamps challenge this week! :)

Blankina said...

Your card is amazing! Love it, and now I see it is for your father 90 th birthday , wow double special..

Great to have you joining at Loves Rubberstamps, please come back soon,
Hugs Blankina

Jen said...

Stunning card!

Jeanne Streiff said...

So beautiful! Thanks for playing the IO Challenge!

jenn shurkus said...

WOW happy birthday to your dad! and what an awesome card for him! beautiful background :) Thanks for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!