I have 3 special men in my life who are celebrating their birthdays this month so I thought I would share a little series of masculine birthday cards. This first one is for my dad, who is turning 83 today! I wanted to create a fun card, but also express how much I think of my dad as a superhero.
I used one of the adorable heroes from The Greeting Farm’s “Little Hero” stamp set along with a mask, that I stamped first and masked before I stamped out the little guy. Then I colored him up with the following Copic colors:
Skin: E51, E21, E11
Hair: B01, C5, C7, C9, with details added with a 0.05 pt Copic Multiliner Pen
Red, Yellow and Blue superhero costume: B06, R27, R39, Y15 and C9
Then I fussy cut him out and inked the edges of the cut images with a Tuxedo Black Momento Marker (this inking detail really gives a clean finished look).
For the shaker window, I used the Pretty Pink Posh Peek A Boo Die and curled open the flaps and glued down just the tips to give a nice dimensional look. I backed the opening with a scrap of plastic sheeting from a Project Life pocket and glued that down with Glossy Accents (this is great for non-porous materials like plastic).
I probably should have stamped the sentiment before opening up the peek a boo die cut area, but using a MISTI tool, I was able to do it afterwards and just double stamp it to get a crisp stamping. I used the “You’re My Hero” sentiment from the Little Hero stamp set. I also took a piece of yellow striped scrap paper from my scrap box and used the “Happy Birthday DAD!” sentiment from The Greeting Farm “I Love Dad” stamp set for the inside liner.
Now to complete the card front, I lined the back side of this card front with double sided foam adhesive (2 layers for added depth) and brushed the edges of the peek a boo die opening area with my embossing tool to eliminate the stickiness on the sides of the foam tape so the shaker sequins wouldn’t stick to the edges of the foam tape. Next I added sequins from the Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Mix (I love the variety of cheery shades and sizes in this mix — it’s like a burst of sunshine!) into the peek a boo well. Finally I placed the card base onto the card front, being careful not to knock the sequins out of the well.
Unfortunately, when I turned the card over, it looked like I had crushed the peek a boo flaps a bit, but I did my best to camouflage the damage with well placed extra sequins. LOL
The following is a start to finish video of how I created this card (mistakes and all):
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
The Greeting Farm Farm Fresh Shaker Cards Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Red, White and/or Blue Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Summer Sunshine Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Red White and Blue
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More For the Boys Challenge
Crafty Purple Frog Make It Manly Challenge
MFT Color Challenge #72