Special Birthday Card

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I have not been able to do much papercrafting in a long time.  I don’t know where the time goes.  Well, my mom was in the hospital agin, so I went to see her most nights after work.  Oh, and before that we went on vacation, to Disneyworld.  (I might try scrapbooking our trip, something I’ve never done.)  And I have been working on my creative writing, so that takes time I would otherwise use for crafting.  And my office/craftroom is an overcrowded mess, and I can’t work in it until I feel the wherewithal to clean it, which I haven’t yet, so … tempus fugit.

But my mom asked me to make a card for her sister, my aunt’s 70th birthday, so I did do that. Here it is.

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I took the picture with my cellphone, so it is a little weird.  That sort of halo in the middle of the card — thankfully it isn’t like that in real life.

I had to wait a while to post this card, until my aunt received it, as she is on Facebook and my blog posts on my Facebook feed.  But I think it’s been long enough now.

I asked my mom what were Aunt’s favorite color, and she didn’t know.

“Well, what design style does she like?”

“I have no idea.”

So I didn’t have much to go on.  So I thought, well, I can make a style MOM likes, to give to Aunt.  What does mom like … Art Nouveau!

Perfect, as I had a couple of lovely Art Nouveau stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque that I wanted to try. (I absolutely love Chocolate Baroque’s stamps, but they are a British company, and ordering from the UK, with the difference in currency, and the international shipping, gets damn pricey, so I don’t have as many as I’d like.)

I stamped the rose and ribbons stamp on the four corners of a textured square card, and colored them in with my ultra fine-tip Bic Marks-It markers — because none of my fancy-shmansy pricey alcohol markers had tips fine enough to do it! They worked fine.

The numbers are from a very Art Nouveau style chipboard letter set from — Basic Grey I think?  I’m not sure, I’ve had them so long.  But this is my first time using them. (NBUS) You can’t tell in the picture, but I touched up the numbers with clear Wink of Stella. Yes, I finally broke down and bought a clear Wink of Stella pen.  It really isn’t any more sparkly than my clear Copic Spica pen or my Sakura Stardust — but the brush tip makes it easier to use, and to cover larger areas.

I wasn’t sure, with it being the first time using the stamp, and the alcohol markers, but it turned out nicely.  Mom liked it too. I hope Aunt likes it as well.

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