It’s birthday month around the Hewlett household, and my husband’s is coming up in another week. He’s one of those guys that pretty much buys everything he needs, so it’s difficult to find a really good present. Therefore, when I do find one, I really want to dress it up and make a big deal out of it. I know he’ll appreciate the time and effort that went into making him feel special.
My husband is a big cyclist. He rides his bike at least every other day and has done so since the day I met him over thirty years ago. So, when I noticed this old fashioned bike on the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper, a light bulb went off, and I realized it would make a perfect centerpiece for my gift wrapping! In fact, it’s even more meaningful because the gift is a super cool thermos from REI for his bike! These thermoses work so well that even 24 hours later, there’s still ice inside! He going to love it.
I wrapped the thermos with a sheet of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (the one with the bike.) This paper is a little thinner that normal designer series paper, so it works perfectly for gift wrapping.
For the tag, I started by matting the bike picture, and then I worked out creating layers. By the time I got to the outer most layer, the tag was 2-1/2″ wide, so it was too wide to top off with a tag topper punch. But, I’ve discovered that I really like using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch for creating tag tops! So, that’s what I did along with a 1/4″ circle punch.
The Amazing Birthday stamp set is a great one for making masculine cards. I used Always Artichoke ink to stamp and then embossed all my stamping with Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder. This just adds a little dimension to all the stamping and makes the whole project look a little richer. As long as you use an embossing buddy to rub the paper first, you can add embossing powder to any water based ink and it will stick. Because the ink doesn’t stay wet long, I like to have my embossing powder ready to go so I can quickly add it right after stamping. I also like a well inked pad, so it’s a good time to add a little re-inker. Finally, the embossing buddy helps to ensure that the powder only sticks on the ink.
The striped banner behind the bike is actually two banners. They meet behind the bike picture, so it gives the appearance of a very long banner.
For the black embossing under the HAPPY sign, I again used Always Artichoke ink (I was lazy) and embossed in clear. Because of the dark color of the paper, you can’t tell the color of the ink. The dotted image is from one of the Amazing Birthday stamps.
I created the bow with the Gift Bow BigZ L die cut. I used Always Artichoke card stock, and I cut three large bow pieces , five smaller bow pieces, and two ends. Before assembling the bow, I used a Bone Folder to curl all the pieces and break down the fibers. Then, I glued them all together with hot glue. I initially tried using Fast Fuse, but it wasn’t strong enough.
To top off my tag, I used some Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine and some old black twine that I received in a Paper Pumpkin kit. (I love all those unique little embellishments that I receive in my Paper Pumpkin kits! I eventually use them ALL.)
I really love the way this all came together. It’s festive, but the colors make it very masculine. I know he’s going to love it.
Supplies used on my gift and tag: