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A Year of Joy

Hi friends! Welcome to another week! I had to take a short break from shabby chic cards to make a birthday card for my Dad. We had a joint birthday/Valentine celebration for him and hubby yesterday, since their birthdays are Feb. 14 and 15.  My Dad loved this card. He just turned 75 and it was fun to see the delight in his eyes as he paraded the card around to everyone to show them the "special" card I'd made. I think that right there is why I love cardmaking so much.. the delight it brings to the recipient.

Anyhow, I recently found a local artist that makes handmade watercolors and I had to give them a try. I love supporting handmade and local and these watercolors are such a treat. Packaged so sweetly and super fun to play with, with rich, creamy pigments. I may have *had to* help hubby out with my Valentine's present by ordering some more for myself from her etsy shop over the weekend!  LOL

I started by stamping the balloons from Birthday Bash in archival ink, then watercoloring with the two aquas. I like to keep colors simple for my dad, since he is red/green color blind.  I then made some rough masks for the balloon sections and splattered the two blues and the yellow over the whole panel.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Cake & Candles on the side and then accented with a bit of baker's twine. Next I watercolored two little wood confetti stars, then coated them with nuvo drops and layered together to accent the string.  A bit of black behind the side adds a bit of interest and also hides that my watercolor paper and card base aren't quite the same color of white. (twitch, twitch)

And there you have it, a simple and quick masculine birthday card.  Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous start to your week.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday BashCake & Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor distress cardstock (Ranger), white (Neenah), basic black (SU!)
Ink: letter-it black archival (Ranger), Wild & Free watercolor collection (Designs by Rachel Beth)
Accessories: baker's twine, wood veneer confetti stars, nuvo drops, paper distresser


Marsha said...

Cute. Love the colors and the dodad in the center of the twine. Very clever idea using the black. ( Two different whites drive me crazy.) Thanks.

JoAnn said...

A great masculine card. Love the blue balloons (I am partial to blue :). I know you dad was proud of your card. It does make us feel good when the recipients love our cards. Yes, the two different whites are a bother to me also, but sometimes we have to use them. That is a neat trice to add the black for separation. Thanks for sharing.

CherylQuilts said...

What a sweet and simple birthday card, Julee! I love your beautiful background and the balloons with the sentiment! Simply lovely!! Hugs!