Thursday, February 18, 2010

Card inspired by Olympic snowboarders

Last night, like most of you, I watched the Olympics. I rejoiced when skier Lindsey Vonn won the gold medal and winced as some of her competitors tumbled down the treacherous slope. My favorite event, though, was the halfpipe. With his amazing aerial feats, snowboarder Shaun White is captivating to watch. A few minutes into the event, I found myself noticing the bottom of each snowboard. The graphics were really cool. I was so intrigued that I hit the rewind button on the DVR remote and caught a quick freeze frame of Shaun's snowboard. It had huge letters placed in different orientations, and it sparked an idea for a card. I guess you never know when inspiration will strike.

Since I wasn't making this card for anyone in particular, I decided to keep it gender neutral. I used large black letter stickers to spell Happy down the side, alternating the orientation like I had seen on Shaun's snowboard. To add a graphic element, I layered border stickers over the straight edges of the letters. Then, I added rub-on stitches that reminded me of Shaun's aerial loops. I kept the rest simple, just adding a corner rub-on and three metal dots.

I used more letter stickers on the inside to complete the Happy birthday greeting. As a finishing touch, I repeated the stitching detail from the card front.
In the end, I think I would've liked it better if I had used all caps to spell Happy. However, I'm still shopping in my own store, and the capital A's are on backorder. :-)

Supplies:  Bazzill Basics (cardstock), Making Memories (alphabet stickers), Penny Black (border stickers), Stitch-in-Time (rub-on stitches), 7 Gypsies (paisley rub-ons), Colorbok (metal dots)


  1. LOVE it! I too, was a sucker for the halfpipe. Loved watching those boys fly and spin in the air. (yeah, the girls were pretty good too.)
    i like watching the bottom of the boards too... they are so intricate and "pretty". :)
    you did a great job on this one. much kudos!!
    p.s. i almost have the box ready to mail out. i'm searching for some b&w items i KNOW i have. will let you know when it ships!
    have a great day, pauline!!!
    lots of love,

  2. This is so clever! I love it and I think the happy looks great. I am glad your capitals were on backorder. Your card is perfect just the way it is!

  3. Love that card - it is funny when inspiration will strike!! Sometimes in the middle of the night for me! The white background is very striking with the colors. Great job!

  4. Great card and such a great inspiration!