Lots of people struggle with boys cards for various different reasons, so with a constant desire to inspire, I am always looking out for robots, sports, or sci fi themed products which would be great on layouts or cards, in substitute for the many flowers and buttons that I normally lavish over girly projects. This rocket die from Quickutz was a perfect addition to my craft stash, as it knew that I would use it over and over again to make these cute little paper embellishments.
This card was my first project using this rocket, and is a birthday card for my little brother in law Steven, who is 9 on Sunday – Happy Birthday Stevie, we miss you lots!
First I cut two of rocket shapes out of coloured card stock, and assembled each one individually. To create an even more futuristic element to the rocket, I chose to add silver eyelets to one of the rockets. Because the rocket shape is completely symmetrical, I could stick each of the rockets back to back perfectly to create a 3D shape, but first I sandwiched a piece of wire between the two so I could create a flying rocket! To make the cool spiral shape in the wire, I wound the end around my embossing tool, or you can use an alternative thin cylindrical object such as a tooth pick or the inner refill of a biro pen. I then set this rocket down unto the card in roughly the place that I wanted the rocket to lie in the finished project, so that I could measure how tall I needed the bottom panel to be in order to cover the wire and hold it in place. Its no surprise that the patterned paper is from a DCWV paper stack (gotta love DCWV), and I chose this particular paper as it immediately jumped out at me because the stars made me think of Space, and the circles resembled little planets and moons(well at least to me!).
Once I had matted and layered the panel, and stuck the wire in place, I simply created a border by stamping little stars around the top half of the card, and coloured these in using water colour pencils, which added a little more colour to the upper part of the card, and at the same time, framed the feature element – the flying rocket! The finishing touch was to create the wording using alpha stamps on scrap cardstock, cut out in a quirky fashion, and mount unto the card using foam pads.
There you have it, a boy’s birthday card that really couldn’t be simpler! Give it a try!