When my dh asked what I wanted for my birthday I told him I wanted him to make me a card... I said "Don't you DARE buy me a card at the store - all I want is for you to make me a card". Well last night I didn't see him for a few hours in the evening... he was in his workshop, which isn't unusal... what I didn't know was that he was making this masterpiece!!
Everything on this card with the exception of the cardstock is from his workshop - plus he made sure all the IMPORTANT details are all included:
1. MAIN IMAGE - The heart is cut from an old piece of innertube rubber. It's pierced with a copper wire.
2. LAYERS - He added layers of sand paper for some texture. He admited he borrowed my Modge Podge to adhere the sandpaper cause he didn't want to use the Super Glue that he used on the rest of the embellishments.
3. RIBBON - Instead of ribbon, he laced faux catgut (I don't know any other name for this stuff) around the card. I taught him well... he knows you need ribbon on a card!
4. HARDWARE - He added some hardware... it's not Hodgepodge Hardware, but instead it's wood joiners and star washers.
5. EMBELLISHEMENTS - The corner embellishment is fantastic. He twisted multi colored wire and splayed the ends. He stapled the wire down, so the steel wool was added to cover the staples.
6. COLOR - This is my favorite part.... he said that once he got it together it was a little bland and needed some color.... so he sprinkled carpenters chalk in red over the top of the card and shook it off. You can see spots of red on the heart, sandpaper and lacing.
Wil knows how important it is to mark your work with your name or a logo... so he left a fingerprint on the back of the card so there is no doubt who made this!
OMG... I had to quick add this additional note! The thumbprint on the back was completely intentional - plus he said he had to try out a few ways of doing it. He wanted a greasy thumbprint without it being too greasy, so he had to "stamp off" once to get the right intensity. How funny is that??
The inside of the card was stamped. I'm impressed that he did such a good job of centering the image and sentiment, especially since I know that this sentiment is a tiny bit crooked on the block.
One last detail is the duct tape on the inside cover. He told me he really wanted to add duct tape to the card because... well... What's a card WITHOUT duct tape?? But he didn't want to add it to the front because it would clutter up his layout - lol!! So he used it on the inside to cover up the staples.
All joking aside... this really is a pretty good card for his first card! The layout is good, just the right amount of embellishement without being too much, and nice use of color. Isn't this the sweetest birthday present?? I love that he listened to my simple (and joking) request then went down to his workshop to make this... and actually thought it through. I think I'll keep him around!