Thursday, 4 October 2012

Happy Birthday Thomas





Today is my nephew's 14th birthday. He's the first grandchild on my side of the family and I still remember rushing to the hospital to meet him, not realizing that I was already pregnant with Struan. Seems like it was yesterday.

Over the years, the two cousins have grown and their interests have evolved from trucks and dinosaurs to paintball and laser tag.They are both quickly turning into independent and interesting young men (some days more than others!). Next they'll be driving and bringing home girlfriends (which one's scarier?) and then leaving home - whoa! Slow down!

For today, let's just say that this card matches his present. All 1,500 of them (camouflage paintballs, green on the outside, orange on the inside!) That should keep him busy for a while!

To make the card, I used an old Kindergarten trick - I dropped Only Orange and Always Artichoke ink on the page and then blew with a straw to make it move. Then I got a headache and I had to sit down for a while! lol! This old Printworks sentiment seemed to fit right in.

Happy Birthday, Thomas - we all hope you have a fantastic day!

17 comments:

Kelly Griglione said...

oooh, what a fun technique! Even just one of these splotches would make a great card (or Halloween spider/bug/monster.) Love that you coordinated the card to your present, such an eye for detail!

Karen Nutkins said...

Wow, this is a real 'boy' card. Fab

Lynn said...

Happy birthday to your nephew! I love his card...and love hearing about an awesome relationship with the cousins. How blessed they are to live close and have such a great friendship!

Skye said...

A great card and a fun technique. The splodges do look like paintball hits. Thomas will love his card

Laura B. said...

Awesome! Totally worth the headache:)

Geri said...

Holy Kamoly! This is "absolutely just so way beyond cool"(don't know what the current trendy teen talk is so I have regressed to my younger hippis days!). The dizzy spell was well worth it! Great post too - gave me my morning chuckle!

Bobby said...

Thanks for refreshing my memory on this technique. The card is so appropriate. :)

Berni Cuttino said...

Fun technique and beautiful design. Thanks for your lovely visit and sweet luv. Hugs

Marybeth said...

My gosh , this is a great card. Anyone who likes paintball _ing would love this card. Time does go by too quickly.

Anita Rex said...

Umm hello this card is genius! LOL you had to sit down! Perfect card for boys! Make a few more to have on hand, just one a day!

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous idea, matching the card to the present, and I bet your nephew will be impressed!

It's a bit like the inkblot test - I've already seen a monster, a dead dog and a bra ... hope your nephew doesn't see all of the same things!

Tracey McNeely said...

Fantastic card, gift and technique!

Deborah Frings said...

Great card for a teen! The colours and spatter pattern - just perfect! I love this technique!

Gabby said...

Very cool paint ball b.d. card! Great design. Enjoyed your comments, too. :)

Anonymous said...

You crack me up ;)
Mrs. H
xo
PS... Zoe's instrument this year? Trombone! (So different from our string experience!).

Kim S said...

What a perfect card - you are a wonderful aunt - lightheaded or not!!

Jen W. said...

Awesome effect with blowing through the straw!