Happy Birthday Air Boy

My brother-in-law Dan has his birthday on the same day as my wedding anniversary, so it’s easy to remember.  He and my sister live in the San Diego area and a couple of years ago we visited the U.S.S. Midway with them.  Dan and my husband, Michael, had a great day looking at all the details of the ship, where they stored the airplanes when not in use, how precarious it was to take off and land on such a short runway, etc.  They had a grand time.  So, this year I decided to make a birthday card for Dan with Penny Black’s Air Boy.


I wanted to try my hand at a little no line watercoloring.  I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink and colored the image with the following Distress inks.

  • Cap and Bomber Jacket: Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso / Collar: Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs / Ear Flaps: Tea Dye
  • Goggles: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye
  • Scarf: Faded Jeans
  • Shoes: Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood
  • Slacks: Brushed Corduroy
  • Airplane: Weathered Wood and Candied Apple
  • Face: Tea Dye and Abandoned Coral
  • Grass: Mowed Lawn
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

I sized the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and stamped the greeting from C. C. Designs Amy R Winged Greetings Sentiments using my MISTI with Hero Hues India Black ink.  I adhered the watercolored panel to a top fold card base from blue cardstock I’ve had in my my stash using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension and ensuring it would lay flat. On the inside of the card I stamped the image again on white cardstock with Antique Linen  and the “Happy Birthday to You” greeting from the same stamp set and the card was done.00133aw