Saturday, August 15, 2020

Baseball Birthday Card for Brother

Hello! Happy Fri-Yay, or as we are saying down here in Texas, Fry-Yay -- it's HOT, lol. Hope everyone is well and safe. Honey and I are Same-Old-Same-Old and thankful we are. I have been feeling the heat and have had some issues with numbness and pain in my fingers due to my spine and that is why I haven't posted in a while. Haven't been able to create, but I am slowly trying to get back up to speed.

I am sharing my brother's birthday card today, using a Split Coast Stampers sketch, another Dr. Digi digital image and a background of Gecko Galz collage sheet images. My brother is a hard core baseball fan, so his dream Summer Love (Gecko Galz's August theme) includes 9 innings of play every day if possible.

I took some leeway with this one, following it loosely yet keeping all the elements. I stretched the sketch horizontally a bit in my mind to make a 5.75"-square card that fits in a 6" envelope. I have a stack of 6" kraft envelopes and they never get used, so I cut a stack of card bases that fit for future use.

Papers: SU card stock, Springhill card stock, Carta Bella 6X6 Baseball Collection patterned paper
Stamps / Images: Dr. Digi image Slugger Sam, Gecko Galz Good Sport and Vintage Sports collage sheets, Gelatins siggie stamp
Inks: Promarkers, VersaMagic, printer ink
Dies: Spellbinders 6X6 Card Matting Basics die, Spellbinders Labels 14 die, Lawn Fawn Every Day Sentiment Banners die

After choosing the sketch, I cut out and ink-edged my collage sheet images with the VersaMagic, printed out Sam and the computer-generated sentiment, colored him up with Promarkers and fussy cut him. I used a banner die to cut the sentiment, then I messily and quickly colored and ink-edged it.
I adhered the vintage images in 2 columns and then placed Sam standing on the banner, which I intentionally made just a hair askew. I think he goes with these vintage images quite well, which is why I am drawn to Dr. Digi's images. They are for adults - a little wacky, cheesy, snarky, caricature-ish, but also very well-drawn.

For the inside of my card, I chose 2 Carta Bella sheets as my mats and then adhered the computer-generated sentment. I signed it on the light-colored outfield.

The back features another sheet of Carta Bella with a GG image I cut with a Labels die, then stamped my siggie over the baseball.

Here are some close-ups of these cool Gecko Galz collage sheet images. I forgot to say that I re-sized them in PSE on a 6x6 blank file so that I knew they would fit. I almost just printed them out as one digital image, but I wanted to ink-edge them and I think they look cool on that dark navy blue card stock mat. 

I was a bit rushed to finish this to get it in the mail to my brother, so I just gave Sam a basic coloring and tried to stay in the lines! lol

Well, my heartfelt thanks as always for coming by to visit me and allowing me to share my creativity with you. Stay well and safe and Happy Weekend! XXO

1.  Split Coast Stampers Sketch 194 -- sketch is shown above
2.  Gecko Galz August Customer Blog Challenge: Summer Love -- I have used images from Good Sport and Vintage Sports collage sheets   

3.  The Male Room #141: Happy Birthday
4.  AAA Birthday Card Challenge Game #16: Tic-Tac-Toe -- I went with right column Masculine / Die Cuts / Patterned Paper. See post above for details, I have the dies and papers listed.  
5.  The Sisterhood of Crafters: Masculine
6.  Gecko Galz August Facebook Challenge: Summer Love -- GG collage sheets used are listed above in post.
7.  Outlawz Monday Greetings 8/3-8/16: Greeting + Birthday


Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Love this! The background papers are awesome and compliment the cute image. I'm sorry you are in so much pain. Sending hugs. Hope you received my latest e-mail. Bethie

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fabulous card! Love the baseball player and all the baseball related detail that you added - perfect 😀. I hope you've had a lovely week and wishing you a happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

ahlers5 said...

Wow, this card is really amazing. I love all the details on it, the way you arranges all the background pieces. Love that you finishes the back, too. Great idea to make the cards 5.75 square. I have a bunch of 6" square envelopes that I never use because I always make 6" square cards.

Darlene said...

OH my friend this is awesome! What a great job on the SCS Sketch! I used to do them every week and now I haven't been over there in a couple of years... my bad! I'm sure your brother LOVED IT and your color of Sam is just fine!!! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Please stop in for a visit!

Mia said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Gecko Galz with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Designer for Gecko Galz {My Blog}

Leslie said...

Awesome card and design, as always! Sorry you haven't been 100% but I hope you're on the mend! Just take one day at a time! Hugs!

Jane said...

Well that looks like the perfect card for a baseball fan. Great choice of image and papers. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Daffodil Cards said...

Your brother will have LOVED this card, it's a Super design in every way and I love Dr Digi too, for the same reasons. A Super masculine card. Thank you so much for joining us in our Birthday challenge at The Male Room this week.I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
Faith DT

Monica C. said...

That is a really cool card, Aimeslee! I love all the detail you have added and the focal image is really a cool dude!
Hugs Monica

Michele said...

this card is so perfect! looking forward to when we can all go to games again. i hope your numbness goes away and that you will be happy and healthy and creating as you wish! xo

Lady Joyful said...

Fun birthday design! Thank you for joining us at The Male Room - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Crafting With Darcy said...

This is a great card for a guy or any baseball enthusiast! I love that Dr. Digi image and your background layer! A wonderful card, Amy!

Jennifer's Vintage Paperie said...

This is such a great idea! I love the ephemera in the background. Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenges.

Wei said...

Such a fabulous masculine card. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.