On Wednesday Phil and I celebrated our birthdays – mine was ‘just another birthday’ whereas his was a milestone one – 65. I must admit I was a bit stumped as to what to create for him for this special birthday. At the ’11th hour’ my creativity kicked in and I came up with the idea of a punch art card to represent his hobby of photography.
This is the first time I’ve made a camera – thankfully I had the ‘real McCoy’ on hand to guide me. Phil was under strict instructions not to enter the office. Part of my inspiration for this card was that last weekend we spent a long weekend at the Chateau Tongariro (I’d kept it a secret since February) and Phil had been able to take lots of photos. It’s Autumn (Fall) here in New Zealand and the colour of the trees on our travels were just so beautiful and reminded me of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP) plus Phil is a landscape photographer.
The camera ‘body’ measures 7cm x 10cm cut from Basic Gray. I found a retired Corner Rounder Punch but you could manually round this if you don’t have a punch. The Basic Black overlay measures 5.3cm x 10cm and has been dry embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I then added a strip of Basic Black (1.5cm x 5.3cm) for the ‘grip’. To create the camera ‘lens’ I used the three smallest Layering Circle dies. The smallest Basic Black and Basic Gray have been adhered directly together then adhered to the largest Basic Black circle with mini dimensionals and then adhered again with mini dimensionals to the ‘body’. I use the mini dimensionals a lot as they aren’t as high as the full size dimensionals so don’t make your project too high if you use them on multiple layers like I have for this card. The elements at the top have been die cut using a partial circle die on the right and the left one is the half circle die from the Baby Clothes dies. I also used this for the anchor for the hand strap.
I was really sad to see that the Pretty Perennial stamp set didn’t carry over as I love the big Happy Birthday font but glad we have this new set Biggest Wish which has a couple of birthday options.
Well that’s all from me. Until next time …