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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Super Hero Birthday Card

Yesterday I mentioned in my blog that my daughter's boyfriend celebrated his birthday over the weekend.  He is a huge Batman fan.  What is funny about that is my husband and my other daughter's boyfriend are both huge Batman fans too.  I guess it is a guy thing at my house.  Anyway, I decided to talk his love of Batman and put it into a birthday card for him.  I thought I would share it with you today.

This card was a lot of fun to make.  I first saw a card similar to this one made by Marie Shaughnessy.  Click here to see her card.  I started with a base card of Not Quite Navy card stock cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  I added a layer to the top of Basic Black cut to be 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  I used runner adhesive to do this.  For the top layer, I cut another piece of Not Quite Navy at 4" x 5 1/4".  I decorated it before I layered it on with runner adhesive.  

I main portion of the front is devoted to the buildings.  I used Basic Gray and Basic Black card stock for these.  I cut one of each color to be 1 3/8" wide and one of each to be 1 5/8" wide.  The heights were not exact measurements.  I just staggered them. I angled the top of two of the building freehand.  I also added an antenna to the tallest one using a scrap strip of Brushed Silver and a 1/8" circle of Brushed Silver.   I added some Whisper White craft ink to the edges of the buildings using a sponge.  I then adhered the buildings using a repositional adhesive so that I could manipulate them to add the other pieces of the scene.  Once all pieces were added, I adhered them with a permanent runner adhesive.  

For the windows, I drew vertical lines and horizontal lines on 2 using a white gel pen.  I then added small squares on the other 2 with the white gel pen.  Just pack your patience because this does take time but the overall look is terrific.

To make the Bat signal, I started with a piece of vellum.  There are no measurements for this one.  I just cut and placed and cut and placed until it looked like I wanted.  I then colored the vellum using Daffodil Delight ink and a Q-Tip.  I punched a large oval out of Basic Gray card stock and trimmed the edges to give it the clould look.  Now my husband asked why I did not make this yellow instead of gray.  The answer was simple.  The signal always appeared on a cloud in the sky and the sky was always dark.  I have never seen a yellow cloud so I went with gray. I added a little Basic Black ink to it using a sponge.   I adhered the vellum to the card using a glue stick and then attached the building permanently to the card.  The cloud is attached at the top of the vellum using runner adhesive.  I then took the retired bat punch and punched out a Basic Black bat.  I added black glitter to the bat and attached him to the cloud using dimensionals.  

To complete the final look, I punched out large ovals and small ovals using Basic Gray card stock.  I trimmed the edges of these to give the cloud feel to them and attached them to the card using runner adhesive.  I finished it by using Basic Black ink and my sponge and adding ink to the clouds and sky.  I wanted it to have a dark night feel.

This card was easy to make and fun to do.  I think lots of boys and men would love a Batman themed card.  Take at look at Marie's and give one a try if you feel the urge.  

Well, my sister in law will be having her back surgery tomorrow.  I will be keeping my nieces and nephew so it should be a busy day.  I will do my best to get a card made to share with you.  Come back tomorrow to see if I am successful.  Thanks for dropping by today!!

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