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Monday, October 12, 2015

The Fisherman's Birthday

I love October.  It is one of my favorite months and there is a lot going on during the month.  There are plenty of cards to make for Birthdays, Anniversaries and then there is Halloween.

One of the Birthdays is my grandson.  This past summer he spent a lot of time fishing with dad and doing a pretty darn good job at it..catching some amazing fish!  I had already discussed the birthday gift with him prior and we decided on money was the best thing.  That way he could go buy the new fishing tackle that he wants.  I thought it would be appropriate to make him a fishing vest so I searched online for the best way to cut the card.  I came across this site here..  Stamp Away With Me that had a free pattern.  I had to doctor it up a bit to fit with what I wanted on the A2 size card but her pattern was a huge help to get me started.



Before I put anything together, I used a dauber bottle with walnut ink to darken the edges of all the pieces and used a thin black marker for the stitching.  For the two top pockets, I popped them up with pop dots.  One was to hold the money so I had to make sure the pop dots were just used along the very edge.  After putting the card together, I used a sea sponge to sponge on walnut antique ink and old olive ink on the card to get the "dirty" fishing look.  

Long ago, when I pulled the silver cover off of a container, I thought that it would be a perfect for "something" as it was embossed with tiny squares.  No idea what the something was going to be until yesterday!  It was perfect for hand cutting out the lures and coloring with a colored marker.  For the hooks I just used craft wire that I twisted and bent to look like hooks.  Everything was glued down onto and into the 2nd top pocket.  
Here is a close up of the lures and hooks I made.


To get the t-shirt look inside, I used the card itself as the pattern on white cardstock.  It isn't perfect as I had to  trim it by hand to make it smaller than the card.  I used my computer to print the words out on copy paper.  With removable glue along the very edge of the t-shirt cardstock and using the paper against a window to see where I wanted the print to print on the t-shirt, I glued down the t-shirt cardstock.  I placed the copy paper back into the printer with the t-shirt cardstock stuck to it and reprinted the wording again.  


With the money already stuffed, the card is ready 
to go in the mail to him.  
Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a great crafting day!
Netta

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