Today my son is 6, and, as is usual in the run up to these events, I asked him what he wanted on his birthday card. I could nearly have predicted that he would ask for Hulk, but I thought I’d better check.
Having left it ridiculously late to make it, last night I cheated a little and used a printable picture, copying and pasting it into Word and adding text in Hulk-like colours. (Paper piecing might have been an option but it isn’t one of my strengths and I suspect I would have produced a character more identifiable as a brussels sprout than a Marvel superhero.) As I pressed print, I crossed my fingers and hoped it would be the right sort of size, and then selected suitable colours of card and had a play around once i;d trimmed it down. I decided I needed a ‘boom’ type shape to put the 6 on, and would you believe it I had nothing like that on any of my Cricut cartridges or in my cutting die selection. In the end, after consulting with Mr C -who makes a very good sounding board for ideas-I settled on the shape which I shall call ‘irregular star’. (I haven’t got a clue what it should be called so that’ll do.)
I then decided I didn’t like the number 6 that I’d printed so I had to make one on the Cricut, and then messed up the layers (I forgot to press shift so ended up with two the same, then I used the wrong colour; it was on it’s last chance before I gave up on it). Once I’d glued the star together and had a dry run of the layout of the whole thing, I committed to using double sided tape. It was ok, but it needed something more. It felt kind of half done, but I had no idea what to add. I went back to my trusty advisor, who suggested chains.
By now it was 9:30, I wanted to go to bed and I couldn’t think of what to add, since chains don’t tend to feature heavily in my card designs. Then I remembered that years ago I had some chain effect peel off stickers in a Docrafts goody bag. Shiny peel offs are really not my ‘thing’ so these ones were lucky to have survived my many stash culls over the years. I added some as a border, and then some short ones over Hulk’s wrists to give the impression that he had broken free. Now might be a good time to admit that my Avengers knowledge could be written on the back of a postage stamp (a small one, not the big fancy ones you get when you buy a book of stamps) so I don’t know if Hulk would do that. However, it got the Mr C seal of approval so I guessed it wasn’t totally inaccurate.
My son was very happy with it, and Mr C wrote a clue in it about his birthday present which he loved trying to read. It’s not a particularly fancy card, but I don’t think Hulk needs any frilly bits! We had a super busy day, with two parties (neither of which were his!) and some visitors, as well as the excitement of him getting a drum kit. I’m always happy when my cards go down well and bring a smile to someone’s face-it makes the effort worthwhile.
(I will admit to buying the birthday cake this year instead of making it, the first time we’ve ever done that! No one minded so I guess that’s me off the hook from cake making duties.)
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and if you have any exciting Avengers facts to share then please do, it’ll earn me some serious Mummy points with my growing up too fast little boy.