Relax your way Birthday

Last week it was my Dad’s 78th Birthday. My Dad never wants or asks for anything for his birthday, I guess at 78 years of age you don’t really want or need anything! But I do know that he always likes getting a card, and no better card than a homemade one by me!

My Dad likes the beach, most days he likes to go for a walk along the beach with his dog, Jaffa. We are so lucky to live not far from the beach, so relaxing for a morning or late afternoon walk. I certainly have been enjoying my beach walks and swims lately just to cool off it has been so hot!

Beach style birthday card featuring A Good Man, High Tide and Timeless Tropical Stamp Sets

I love the A Good Man stamp set for Dad cards. One of my favourite poses is the man in the chair asleep. This reminds me so much of my Dad, asleep, relaxing his way. I used the Timeless Tropical set (retired) for the palm trees. The sand was created using Sahara Sand (of course!) embossed with the Old World Embossing Folder, then ripped to the shape and size I wanted.

The water coloured background was created using a strip of sticky note sheet to create a horizon. I then used colours, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Misty Moonlight to create the water with a blending brush. I used a water stamp from the High Tide stamp set stamped second generation with Night of Navy ink. The sky was made by flipping the sticky note over, punching out a 1 inch circle template using the 1 inch circle punch. I lightly adhered this to the piece of white cardstock and then used my Daffodil Delight ink to blend a bit of yellow colour around my circle to make a sun. I used Seaside Spray ink to add a light blue colouring to my sky. The birds were stamped using Memento Black ink using a stamp from the High Tide set.

The two sentiments are both from the A Good Man stamp set. I used versa-mark ink on Misty Moonlight card stock heat embossed with white embossing powder. Both sentiments are cut out with punches, 1 inch circle punch (retired) and the Classic Label Punch.

Stampin’ Up! have recently had to make some changes with their supplier for Whisper White Card Stock and other products. Whisper White has been replaced with Basic White due to the Whisper White manufacturing company closing down. I have used Whisper White card stock on this card as I still have some of this in stock, however the envelope is Basic White as I was gifted a sample from my lovely upline, Kelly Kent.

For me, the difference between the two colours is minimal. I haven’t crafted with the new Basic White cardstock as yet, but I did stamp and colour with blends on the new Basic White envelope. One difference I did notice was that the blends did seem to go through a bit more than the Whisper White envelopes which tells me that they might not be quite as thick. However, no big problem here, just place a piece of scrap card inside and there will be no colour to transfer through. It was very minimal though and I am completely happy with the change between the two products, so happy that Stampin’ Up! was able to find a suitable replacement for us.

Inside of the card and the envelope.

I used Light and Dark Crumb cake, Light and Dark Granny Apple Green, Ivory, Light Smoky Slate, Light Night of Navy and Light Cherry Cobbler blends for the colouring of the palm trees and man.

My Dad really liked his card, he had mostly a relaxing day, under a tree, watching my girls compete at the Country Championships for Little Athletics. Then we went out for burgers for dinner!

Happy Birthday Dad!

My big box of goodies arrived this week and I am excited to start creating with some brand new products! My classes will resume in February and I would love to have you join me. Get in touch with me if you are interested in coming along. Great way to be creative and social at the same time!

I hope you have a fantastic end to the week.

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