A Rather Special 21st Card…

Wowsers… what a grim old day it is today!  Grey and bleak here and by the looks of it, it’spretty darn cold and just starting raining heavily too.  No wonder the dogs are hiding under blankets keeping snuggly warm!

Yesterday we celebrated my middle daughter’s 21st birthday.  Her actual birthday is Boxing Day but we celebrate it a month later so she gets her own special day and it doesn’t get lost in the Christmas chaos.

She loves to travel and meets up with friends around the world, not bothered to travel alone either. So the card I made had to be a) pretty damn special for her 21st and b) travel related. After searching high and low for a die I thought I had, it nowhere to be found so a good crafty friend sent me a similar die and actually it proved better than I could’ve hoped!

The ‘Create-A-Scene’ dies are very old Xcut/Docrafts and come from my DT days with them, as do the ‘All Aboard’ elements of the card (washi tape, ribbon, tag etc).

The background I created using old maps, posters, washi tape and pages from a disused book I have lying about. I collaged them together using a gel medium and painted them with a light layer of gesso so the colours and text could still be seen.

Having faffed about for too long trying out different colours, I ended up making the kinetic focal point using scraps from previous projects as these had a bit of texture and weren’t so bland as plain card stock.  Making this took A LOT longer than I anticipated.  Quite fiddly to make and a couple of the smaller elements (such as the propellers) kept tearing when removing them from the actual die.

With the globe/aeroplane/boat all made, I began layering up the background.  Having die-cut a couple of clouds, I heat embossed them using a fabulous new powder from Wow! Embossing Powder.  ‘Caribbean Charm’ is a trio of gorgeous colours… the one I’ve used is Dominica and is a grey, silver, white sparkly powder and is just beautiful!!


The balloons are from the ‘Stay Weird’ set from Visible Image and have been heat embossed, layered and then had some twirly wire added to the back before securing into place.  I’ve tried to keep everything surrounding the globe as flat as possible otherwise the plane and boat wouldn’t move… but I failed a bit as I get so carried away with layers!

The card had to have a super-sparkly 21 on it so I die-cut three of each number from Tim Holtz ‘Wordplay” Bigz Die (a worthy investment!),  layered them up and then used Wow’s ‘A Girl’s Best Friend’ from their Sparkles range to bring on the sparkle!

All it needed then was a sentiment (this on his an old Craftwork Cards stamp) which I stamped using Versafine Clair’s Charming Pink ink pad and added to the card using foam tape.

I’ve decorated the inside of the card too as it always finishes it off nicely I think.

And there you have it… Happy 21st Birthday to her!!

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