Woohoo!!! I am so excited about today's card!! My lovely Dad is retiring today and I really thought a long time about what to put on a retirement card for him. Having decided I didn't have any stamps suitable to portray his hobbies I thought of retiring and general and knew I wanted to use my hAnglar stamp "sit back and relax", and that was it - I would make a deckchair!! Sitting on my desk was the gorgeous red stripe grosgrain ribbon from Ribbon Girl and I knew it would be perfect for the job. Those of you that read my blog regularly will know that I get a bit snap happy when I love how a card turned out....this is one of those days.....LOTS of photos for you because I just couldn't decide which angle I liked best lol!!
So here it is from another angle :). I started out with some kraft cardstock which I cut into a circle using fancy edged scissors. The edge is inked with gathered twigs distress ink. I then cut a smaller circle from pearlescent ivory paper to represent the beach.
Hehehe! Another view :). After practising the whole deckchair mechanism with some thin card I made the whole on a larger scale with very thick chipboard. One of the reasons I'm so proud of this card is that I am absolutely hopeless at putting this kind of deckchair up! Yet I managed to make one from scratch without pictures to refer to lol!! Hubby couldn't believe it!
Is that the same picture? Lol no, slightly, every so slightly different angle!
I cut out the hAnglar sentiment with a spellbinders tag die and tied it to the deckchair frame with some twine from the Ribbon Girl.
I added some shells and a starfish from Hobby Craft to add to the beach effect and the lettering "enjoy your retirement" was created with Webster's Pages alpha stickers.
I used walnut stain distress stain to turn the chipboard into stained "wood" and can you see I even notched the "wood" so that the support has somewhere to lock into!
The whole thing folds down flat like a real deckchair so that it can be put in a box to hand to my Dad :).