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hoppy birthday

In Makings on June 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I’m really into using stencils lately. I’m making my own or borrowing from my copy of Handmade Hellos by Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle.

I hope Christina liked these floral hop-alongs! These bunnies were nudging me to be useful, so I lent them some scrolls.

Envelopes are fun to make as well, and pretty simple so long as you use the right measurements around the card! For this envelope I used one side of a paper bag, some fruit from the grocer flyer, and played with my India ink a bit. For now I’m sealing envelopes with glue and my duck, but wouldn’t a wax seal be fun!

Dad Day

In Makings on June 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The other day I mentioned I was looking for a bicycle for my Father’s Day card. Well I changed my mind. My adopted pad of manilla sketch paper was screaming at me, with its clean and coarse surface, that I had to sketch something in ink.

This photo of my dad and I was an obvious subject.

It’s May 1986. My dad is 26, dressed in his forestry-school attire. That little pooch is our first dog, Sprocket, so named after my parents’ favourite Fraggle Rock muppet. You may think this dusk shot was taken on the ocean. But it’s actually Lake Superior! (Ontario is serious about lakes.) I’m just over a year old and Sam is on her way, hanging out in the photographer’s tummy.

I wanted to maintain the 1980s photo album feel, so I rounded the corners of my sketch by tracing the spout of a glass bottle.

I then cut out an oval from a piece of wood veneer Tina picked up from Urban Source (you like recycled materials for crafts? you must make a pilgrammage to this store). A gentle cut with the X-Acto knife a couple times avoided snapping the veneer. A duck to the back, some gold corners to mount the sketch, and an ink inscription completed the card.

What made this Father’s Day even better was being able to see my dad’s reaction to the card. Most years it’s Canada Post who hand delivers my gift but this year, a wedding and a bike race brought us together for a visit!

After I drove us back from Peachland, and once Dad had diagnosed my Bush Pilot and I cooked up a shrimp stirfy for dinner, I presented him with the card.

He took his time opening it (the envelope I had made from a magazine ad about the 2009 Brompton Folding Bike Race) — very gratifying. I pulled out the original photo and it soon led to nostalgia for childhood and Ontario, and stories about the family move out to BC.

Yes, a pretty special Father’s Day indeed.

an easy thank-you

In Makings on June 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

I love having reasons to make things out of paper and pen. Last week I stayed with a friend’s parents in Vernon and, seeing as they can buy everything they’ll need except a one-off JW product, I knew how best to thank them.

This card was very simple. I used:

  • a sheet of watercolour paper folded in half,
  • a lovely illustration I cut out from last year’s Pacific Rim magazine (published by the students of Langara College’s publishing diploma program), and
  • my new Speedball calligraphy set and ink to hand-write a personal message.