A special friend of ours celebrated his 60th Birthday recently and so, of course, a special card was required. He has always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and so I used this as my inspiration. I had no idea what I was going to do and started looking online for ideas. I found a template to create a miniature deerstalker hat and that was where I started. I searched through all of my CD roms for a suitable tweed like backing paper. I printed this double sided onto thin card and managed to make a really cute 3D hat. Then I realised it was going to pretty tricky attaching my creation to the front of a card. After hours of trying to think outside the box, I realised I was going about it the wrong way – inside the box was the answer. Using the format for an exploding box, I tailor made one to fit the the hat. I really enjoyed every part of making this. Using lots of different techniques, Die cutting (of course lol), inking, stamping, embossing, gilding, stamping and heat embossing and triple embossing to name a few.
This is most definitely a ‘One Off’, it took me days to make and I won’t be making these to sell. Apart from the numerous sheets of card stock used, it’s hard to quantify the hours involved in experimenting and then creating the finished product. Instead of adding the birthday sentiments onto to box, I decided to include a scroll on which I printed a personal poem I wrote retelling many of the memories we’ve shared since we met. What started out as a card, became a very personal and unique gift which he was delighted to receive. As usual, details of dies and materials used can be found by clicking onto the individual pictures. Hope you like it.