February 29th is a special day for one per cent of the population who only get to celebrate their birthday every four years. I was commissioned to make a birthday card for a lady (B) who is celebrating her birthday for only the twenty-first time in eighty-four years. Her friend asked for a card that emphasized the fact that B. can now legally have an alcoholic drink, (based on a legal age of twenty-one).
Rooting through my stash of supplies I pulled out watercolour cardstock and Distress Oxide ink pads to create a card base.
The colours were applied to the cardstock with a sponge, misting each colour with water and heat dried in between. Next, I chose a Tim Holtz stencil that I love but rarely use, to create a bit of texture.
The ink was smeared through the stencil and misted lightly with water before lifting the stencil.
I chose a figure from one of the Tim Holtz paper doll collection that I thought might reflect the era when B. was a younger woman.A small calendar from one of the Tim Holtz ephemera packs seemed appropriate too. I used a gel pen to draw a circle around the day and month. Next I typed out the words for the card front. All the components were glued to the card base with Alene’s Tacky Glue.
Have a happy day!