Craft, Paper Craft

Beach bum

Hmmm… another male colleague’s birthday (how inconvenient of all these blokes to make me have to think really hard about so many different male birthday cards in such a short space of time)

This colleague jokes about how lazy he is – he will wheel his chair around the office rather than walk & often tries to get people to push him! So I thought with the summer almost over I need to use some of my ‘summery’ stuff or it will be mothballed until next year – I went through my ‘summer’ inspired stash – strawberries? No… butterflies, flowers? No! Then I came across my wonderful Whimsy stamp set ‘To the Beach’ – he may not wear a ‘tiny-winy itsy-bitsy yellow polka dot bikini’ but if he could, he would deffinately be a ‘beach bum’ or ‘just chillin’! I wanted to create a card that everyone could sign for my colleague and a smaller, personal one too (the more cards you get, the more special you feel, right?)

I had some ‘Beach Babe’ papers free from Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine which would fit the beach theme. I used the yellow one with the surfboard on the kraft card, attached with roll-on glue. I had some small tags that I bought at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show last year that I stamped with ‘just chillin’ and the hibiscus flower in VersaMark green ink. I tied some orange ribbon through it , then attached it to the card with double sided tape. Something was missing, the card still seemed a bit bare, so I stamped the flip-flops in sepia ink & coloured in with the Promarkers limited edition ‘Summer’ colours, then cut them out & attached with foam pads.

Next I cut out the beautiful blue paper and overlaid it on some white card, using a pre-made luggage tag as a template I worked out the angel to cut the ‘shoulders’ at. I stamped ‘Beach bum’ in sepia ink on the patterned side of the ‘tag’, then I used one of my Fiskars eyelet setting tools to cut a hole between the shoulders and set it with a yellow eyelet. Finally I looped some blue ribbon through the eye to create a tag card. I think the sepia sentiment really works with this paper because of the brown turltles in the design.

I hope the summery colours brighten his day & he doesn’t feel the theme is ‘too girly’!

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