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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Card For A Boy

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made that I think would be perfect for a boy.  Now you can give this to a girl too but since I always run short of boy cards I think I will reserve it for that.  Anyway, I went into my craft room yesterday having absolutely no idea what I wanted to make.  Then for some reason I started thinking about my youngest daughter's love of dinosaurs.  She has always liked them and that is why I said this card could be for a girl too.  So I pulled out a dinosaur stamp I have and using it as my guide I chose punches I thought would work to make this dinosaur.  Here is what I came up with:

Isn't he cute?!  I started with a base card of Always Artichoke.  It measures 4 1/4" x 11" and is scored at 5 1/2".  I added a layer on top of this measuring 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  I chose to make this layer out of Soft Suede and attached it using a runner adhesive.  For the final layer, I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White and using my pastels I created a sky and ground background.  I attached this to the Soft Suede using the runner adhesive again.  

For the greeting, I pulled out my Perfect Punches stamp set and chose the birthday saying.  Before stamping it, I took a scrap piece of Whisper White and chalked the sky background onto it.  I then stamped the greeting using Pacific Point ink onto the chalked piece and punched it out using the wide oval punch.  I attached it to the card using dimensionals.    

My dinosaur came together fairly easily.  I started with my 2 1/2" circle punch.  I punched one out of Always Artichoke for the body. I used Always Artichoke card stock for the entire body.   After it was punched out I flattened one side of it and set it aside.  Next I took the 2 1/2" circle punch again and placed it around the hole left for the body.  I offset it and punched and then repeated this.  One of these curved pieces was used for the neck while the other was used for the tail.  For the legs, I punched out a large oval.  I cut it in half thus making 2 legs.  His head is a 1 3/8" circle.  I used Whisper white and Basic Black for the eyes and nostrils.  The white of the eyes is the circle punch from the itty bitty punch pack.  The black of the eyes and the nostrils are from the owl builder punch.  I drew the mouth on using a fine tip black marker.  To make the toes, I used my 1/4" hand held circle punch and Very Vanilla card stock.  I attached the toes to the legs and trimmed off any excess hanging over the edge. The spots and spines are made using Soft Suede card stock. The spots on the tail and on the body are from the circle punch of the itty bitty punch pack.  Again I trimmed off any excess from the tail.  For the spines I used the retired 5 petal flower punch.  I only punched one flower and trimmed off all the petals.  They as well as all the other pieces of the dinosaur are attached to one another using a liquid glue.  I attached the finished dinosaur to the card using dimensionals.  

The inside greeting comes from the stamp set Dinoroar.  I stamped it using Always Artichoke ink onto Whisper White card stock and trimmed it using my paper trimmer.  Once it was the size I wanted, I used my corner rounder punch to round the corners and edged the saying with Soft Suede ink.  It is attached to the inside using runner adhesive.  

Well I am off the make tea and see if the inspiration bug is around to inspire me on a card for tomorrow.  I am so glad you stopped by to see my dinosaur.  Please come back tomorrow to see what I have for you next.  See you all then!

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