WHEN THE BIRTHDAY BOY DOESN’T WANT TO CELEBRATE
Have you ever had this problem? Someone’s birthday is coming up, but they don’t care. Celebrate? Why, it’s just another day, they say. OMGosh – please! In this case, it’s my youngest son, turning 21 this past Sunday. Of course I’m going to make him birthday card. But what kind of card do you make, when the birthday boy doesn’t want to celebrate? Try to remind him that 21 years ago, doctors put you through a surgical procedure (C section) to bring him into this world? Remind him of the recovery time, the years of care, joy, frustration, laughter, etc.? Nope – you just let him be, because after all – it’s his day!
However, being a card maker means that you have the ability to create a card that suits the recipient. So just for him – I bring out Blah Bunny; a hilarious stamp set by Honey Bee stamps! I swear – this bunny is my spirit animal, on those many days when I feel that I just. can’t. I also used the matching Blah Bunny dies. Now, if you really want to get in the right mood with the sentiments, then you also MUST get the Blah, Blah, Blah stamp set, also from Honey Bee stamps!
I had such fun creating this card! From choosing the colours, to the extras like the party hat and balloon…. I added the die cut numbers, and the ‘happy birthday’ from a different set, but the ‘really?’ is from the Blah Blah Blah stamp set.
To start, stamp the bunny, rug, hat and balloon images in black ink onto watercolour paper. Heat set the ink, just to be sure. Next, colour the bunny with your favourite medium; I used my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and a water brush. You could use a paint brush instead, but I keep my paint brushes just for my watercolour paints, rather than inks. The colours I chose were #90 & #91 Gray and Light Gray, with #26 Light Pink for the nose, toes and ears. #30 Blue is used for the bunny’s eyes, as well as the trim around the rug. The hat and balloon are coloured with #22 Carmine Red, as well as #50 Yellow in the hat. For the pattern on the rug, I masked off the trim, and then blended Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide through a stencil, with my Life Changing Blender Brush.
Once finished with colouring, I used my Big Shot with the matching Blah Bunny dies to die cut each image. The sentiments were stamped in Stampin’ Up! classic inks Blueberry Bushel and Lovely Lipstick.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
First, create a card base from dark blue cardstock, and layer on a panel of bright red cardstock. Next, layer a piece of wood patterned paper on the bottom half, with foam squares or tape. Next, add your bunny onto the rug, and put the party hat & deflated balloon beside him – all with foam squares. Finally, attach the sentiments and die cut numbers at the top and bottom with more foam squares or foam tape.
THE GOOD NEWS
Well, the good news is that although he still wasn’t thrilled about his birthday, my son did like his card! And everyone had a laugh when I explained about the whole Blah Bunny stamp set and sentiments 🙂 More good news is that if you want to have some fun, you can order your own Blah Bunny set! So when the birthday boy doesn’t want to celebrate – or birthday girl – you’re ready with just the right card!