Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Boxcar of Goodies...

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I am a firm believer in gift cards, especially now that we live so far away from our friends and family and shipping costs a pretty penny! However, there is still something just a teensy bit impersonal about a gift card and I like to dress them up with a special card or packaging. My "Christmas Baby" dad-in-law is getting an auction site (can you guess which one?) gift certificate for Christmas, and I thought I would whip up a creative card to deliver it.
Our son's Papa is a big-time model train buff. He is also an architect, so you can imagine what his layout looks like! We thought we would feed his train habit and I wanted my card to reflect his fun hobby. I started by searching high and low for a train stamp in my stash and found an adorable little engine. But, I needed a box car and a flat-bed car (if I sound like I know what I'm talking about, I don't...I'm just using terms that seem correct!) So, I decided to draw my own, using the wheels from the engine as a base for each for consistency. I colored everything in with bright colors and added a sparkly and festive Christmas tree. It's a long card and I finished off with a homemade envelope.

BEAN NOTES
  • Stamps: engine from Oh Boy! set (Gina K. Designs); Merry Christmas (Archiver's)
  • Illustrations: boxcar and flat-car (The Stampin' Bean)
  • Cardstock: Real Red, Brilliant Blue (Stampin' Up!); Solar White (Neenah)
  • Coloring Medium: Sketch Markers (Copic)
  • Templates: Circles Embossing Folder (Quickutz)
  • Accents: Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (Ranger Ink); Gold Stickles (Ranger Ink)
HAPPY BEANS
  • Coloring Medium: 0.2 Black Multiliner (Copic)

12 comments:

{ kelly jo } said...

super creative and very personal!!! Love it.

Ann Schach said...

Regina, what a thoughtful card! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

Cards by Gina said...

Love, love, love this card! Terrific job! You always amaze me! Happy, happy holidays!

Lori Pilla said...

Very cute card and very nice idea. I love your use of color and how the gift card itslef works right into the layout and design of the rest of the card. Very cool.

Patti MacLeith said...

So creative! I love it, Regina.

Kathy Martin said...

I know just what you mean by gift cards feeling dull and impersonal, but they are the best gift sometimes. Like my son's teachers, they get a million apples, ornaments and candies. They could use a Target card more than anything else! When I dress up the card and give them with a special card or packaging, they make a wow moment too! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Love the creative personal touch!

Rose said...

This is so adorable and clever, Regina!

Monica K. said...

This is so adorable! What a fun way to package the gift card.

dstandard said...

This is just adorable! What a fun card to get!

Carla Bazhenow said...

Oh man, this is so totally over the top. Awesome!!! Your father-in-law must love you so much!!! I so love the bright cheery ebay colors. Hugs,

Martha said...

Ha! That is so cute! The ebay sign is priceless!