A friend’s husband, Robin, who is a “man’s man” and likes motorcycles, fishing, football, etc.,  is turning 57.  As we get older, I think more and more we need to infuse our birthdays with a little humor. So for his card, I started by looking up a funny saying that would go with an awesome digi stamp by Little Blue Button Stamps, called “Simon on Bike.”  I found one that reads, “Life begins at __, … but it gets exciting at 120!”

20141211_163010For the sentiment, I printed it out on my Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax in the perfect shade of green to match the papers I wanted to use.  For the card base, the patterned papers, the cut-a-parts, and even the twisted blue raffia are all from the Jillibean Soup card kit called, “Birthday Bisque”. The vintagey feel seemed well-suited for this card.

I colored Simon on Bike with the following Copic colors: Skin: E50, 51, and 53; Hair: E 55, 74 and 59; Jeans: B93, 95, and 97; Tires: C9; Jacket: C7; White T-shirt: C1; Chrome of bike: C1 and 3; Red of motorcycle: R39 and 89.  I also made some glare lines on his glasses with a White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and I added Glossy Accents over the glasses as well as the metal parts of the bike.

The trickiest part of this card was fussy cutting the image. The narrow and inside sections were difficult to cut, but I managed with a sharp X-ACTO #2 Knife. 🙂 After the detailed cutting, I popped up the whole image using foam adhesive, with the front wheel straddling the raffia ribbon to make it look like it was even further forward.

The following is a share of this card:

This card is being entered into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Transportation Challenge and
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge

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