The card's design began when I spied this as the top card in a pack from a vintage children's card game:
I decided it'd be fun to alter the card by adding a different face. Since it was going to be my husband's card, I decided to rifle through the box of old grade school papers his mom had saved to see if I could find something suitable. I think these papers date from when he was in 1st and 2nd grades, so we're talking mid-60's.
My search yielded this:
I think my husband did a pretty good job on this figure, especially considering the fact that he'd been allowed to skip kindergarten. Thus, he was a year younger than the other kids in his grade. All I had to do was reduce the head portion of his drawing by half. I then cut a phrase out of another of his papers in the same box to alter the card further. And here's how the finished card looks:
- white card stock
- scrap of page from vintage science textbook
- printed image made from 1960's artwork
- "How good He is" cut from parochial school workpage
- "happy birthday" stamped with black StazOn ink
He had no idea, since of course he didn't remember having made that picture. But I am quite sure that as he was working on it, he never dreamed it'd be featured on a birthday card some 50 years later.
But like I said, he should know by now to expect the unexpected!