Birthday card for a Guns'n'Roses lover

Card front

Now and again I am ‘commissioned’ to make a card and I love the challenge of doing so. The brief this time was for a young man celebrating his 18th birthday, he loves Heavy Metal and has a tattoo on his arm like the image tucked under the ribbon on the card.

The base is an 8″x8″ black card and the main white layer was brushed with deep red, blue and black inks through a ‘cog’ stencil. I ‘ribbled’ a ‘Guns’n’Roses image for added texture and kept the one of the ‘tattoo’ smooth. The CD is coloured with alcohol inks in the same colours as the background with some silver mixative as well, the silver matches the letter-tags spelling his name – thankfully a short one!

The cogs are die-cut from the foil taken from the top of a can of CostCo coffee (yet another thing I always save convinced it’ll ‘come-in’ – and they do!) and coloured with the same alcohol inks.

I appreciate that ribbon isn’t really a ‘man thing’ but I like the rough texture of this one for added interest. Those three little ‘buttons’ at the top right are the middles of the cogs which I rounded using a ball tool and glued on with plenty of hot-melt glue behind them to keep their shape.

I took the close-up of the numbers ‘cos I was really pleased with these – they started life in a box full of chipboard letters and numbers in really garish pinks/yellow/oranges all with white stripes. After a little black UTEE and some sparkly embossing powder sprinkled on the final layer I think they look fab. I just hope he does too. 🙂

Close-up of the shiny, sparkly numbers


You can see all the layers a little better in this view

Lots of layers

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