I as with many crafters often struggle when making cards for my husband and male family members. Thankfully the CD Rom called the Nostalgia Collection by Kevin Walsh and packaged by Joanna Sheen has become a godsend in all things mens cards.
This year Pops was so keen to have me make him a handmade card rather than a bought one that he went out and bought a steam train die cut image for me to make his card with. This is not a train I hear you say, no but I wanted to surprise him with this card for his birthday and shall use the decoupage at a later date.
The inspiration for this card was all down to my Pops love of airplanes from WWI and WWII plus his time in the RAF working as an electrician on Lightnings before my brother and I came into this world. With this in mind I adored this image and decided it would make a phenominal card for Pops and a complete surprise from what he is expecting.
This is an A4 Card used Landscape and has three basic initial matts in silver dotty cardstock, glitter navy card and the sky backing paper from the CD Rom.
The next matt layer consisted of an A5 glitter navy matt with two smaller rectangular panels added in the silver and sky papers to add a depth to the card and draw the eye to the central image. This was adhered to the card using pinflair glue gel to add height and dimension. and a sentiment label was added beneath this.
Finally the image matt consisted of a glitter navy then silver background to which the image of the plane was mounted (printed on a gloss photo paper) and finally the two smaller image pictures were cut out using a 2" punch and mounted on a small matt of silver dotted card before adhering to the top and bottom corners of the main image using pin flair glue gel again for dimension.
I struggled with getting a suitable insert for some of my A4 cards in the past however, on this occassion I used the cloud background sheet again, this time maintaining the small plane in the bottom right hand corner and ran this through my printer again using my verse writer software. This finalised the card superbly and gave me the handmade but professional finish that I sought.
I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it, please feel free to leave me your thoughts.