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.