Monday, 27 August 2012

Heart Spin

I had plans for this card when my Dad got sick last year but I ended up getting so caught up with Christmas and then travelling out to see him.  I have finally made it a reality and plan to send it as a very belated birthday card.  His birthday was in June so yes it is extremely belated and I was tempted to let it slide, but you should never miss an opportunity to show a loved one how much you care - especially when he's 88.
It's been a tough year for him - recovering from his emergency surgery late last year has been very slow, and he finally had to hand in his driving licence.  He is now quite profoundly deaf as well (although he may make it out to be worse than it really is to avoid confrontations with my mum - LOL).  
Dad has always loved cars - I don't mean he liked fast cars or had a string of them in the garage (during my childhood I only remember 2 cars - both of them Holdens).  No, I mean he loved cars and always made sure they were well maintained and immaculate.  He was a panel beater so every few years he would give them a new coat of paint to make sure they stayed that way.
Initially I was going to make this a car themed card but I thought this might be a harsh reminder that he can't drive anymore, so I changed it to a travel themed one instead.  He has travelled extensively, mostly around Australia, but he has seen a fair bit of Europe too, especially since I moved over here, so I thought I would make a collage background of travel images and sentiments.
The background was alcohol inked using Pool, Sandal and Butterscotch Inks (and afterwards blended with a little gold).  The various travel themed stamps are from Katzelkraft, Stempelwinkel, Non-Sequitur and Crafty Individuals.  The Heart Wings was cut from plain aqua card and alcohol-inked glossy card stock.  I used Glossy Accents to coat the heart and went over the heart with gold alcohol ink.
It might not be obvious from the photo but it's a penny spinner card.
Behind the heart is a circular track made using Spellbinders Circles (the smallest and 3 sizes up from this).  I've made this little movie so you can see the card in action.

The colours I chose for this card were inspired by the CR84FN61.  Although in the photos my card looks a little on the green side, I assure you it is in reality closer to a blue.


  1. I really like this card - there is so much to see. And I really like the fact that the heart can move! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!

  2. Very beautiful card! Love the collage of elements and the story behind it! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

  3. I love the background you made for this beautiful card for your Dad! And the way the heart moves just
    adds more to it! Great card!!!!!

  4. This is a fab textured creation!
    Thanks for joining us at CR84FN this week!


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