To the World's Best Son-in-law, Birthday card with Poem by Grace Baxter
Pick a Theme... But WHAT?Not all mothers are happy with the choice their daughter makes in a husband. I am NOT that mother. I couldn't be more proud of my Son-in-law. The problem with choosing a theme for his birthday card is... well, he is so well-rounded, grounded, smart, fun and adventurous... where would I start!
Card base is cream.
Taupe background frame is from the "Linen Closet" stack. It actually has a linen-like texture.
Globe and compass points: from a large bunch of double-sided cardstock purchased at Costco. Sorry, there is no name on the case.
Crackle paper: used for compass backing and the sentiment frame.
Metallic CS: used for birthday sentiment and to highlight the compass. Metallic CS is actually more silver than it appears in the closeup picture at left. Light reflection changes it somewhat. The first pic is more accurate for colour.
CompassThe compass centre is cut from tan. The cartridge does not give the long points so I had to come up with my own. For this I used my George cartridge and created 4 triangles, gluing them to the back of the compass face so the dark blue would show through the small points and N,E,S,W.
I wanted some shine so, using the Gypsy, I hid all of the compass frame except the 4 rings which I cut from the same metallic CS used in the title.
To keep it real, I used crackle paper over cream on the outer circle. Once assembled, it looked more believable than the simplified version in the handbook. To make it sturdy and hold well to the card, I covered the back with pop-dot 'negative' parts, i.e., what's left when the dots are gone. Works great for large areas.
Hardware HeavyI like hardware on a man's card. And the frame surrounding the more gentle sentiment needed the extra heft that metal brads provide. Even the centre of the compass has a small pewter brad to match. This title bar is what I call "substantial". More 'mesh' pop adhesive keeps it firmly planted on the card.
InsideI found the perfect Bible verse for the inside left panel: paraphrased from Psalm 139, verses 9 and 10.
To reinforce the global theme, I cut a 2-1/2 inch globe from tan and shadowed it in the same dark blue which is the reverse side of the globe cardstock.