today is our grandpa's 78th Birthday and it's a tough one, since it's the first as a widower. So we wanted to do something especially nice for him, and planned a little garden party, with barbecue and all the family. My landlady graciously allowed us to use her lovely garden.I do hope he'll not start weeding or something.
Since he's a gardener, I used the same set with all the planters and tools as for my landlady's card. This time I did some no-line colouring with my ZIGs. I decided on ZIGs again, mostly because they are on my desk in two buckets, whereas my traditional water colours are in a drawer out of sight. Considering how intricate the images are, this was definitely a good decision.
For the backdrop I coloured some embossing paste in a sandstone colour (ZIGs again) and stencilled a wall on a white card base. In hindsight, I think it should be more yellow, less pinkish, but it's good enough. The wall idea is not original, I have seen several similar cards on the Internet, mostly with cacti or succulents. It's just so fitting for these images.
Also the idea to use the table as a shelf isn't mine either. I've seen Therese use it like this at Lostinpaper.
I rarely get the coordinating dies, since they are quite an investment and not quite as versatile as sentiments or general shapes. But for this set I actually did, so I decided to use them this time.
When I had arranged my images like I wanted them, I simply couldn't find a Birthday sentiment to go with them. I seriously have a lot of Birthday sentiments, but none was just right. So I just decided to make do without.
He is one of the people who actually appreciate a handmade card and so far he kept several of my cards from previous years, so I think he'll like this one as well.
Lots of Love
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