Thursday, April 4, 2013

18th Birthday card

My son turned 18 this February. Now that is a landmark birthday! So I had to make something special for him. After raking my brain endlessly, I came up with this idea...

18 signifies legal adulthood. You are bestowed with a lot of rights: the right to drive, the right to vote, the right to signing all contracts without needing a guardian authorization, the right to a lot of good things as well as the right to legally pursue a lot of vices as drinking, smoking and gambling. So crossing the age of 18 opens up a special door, a door where he is legally allowed to make his own decisions. So basically at 18 you are provided with a key to a lot of rights.

My idea for the card was decided then. I wanted to make a key for him with the number 18 on it and a door that leads to freedom. I wanted to give him the message as Spiderman has said, "WITH GREAT POWERS COME GREAT RESPONSIBILITY" As my son's dream is to pursue law after completing his school this year, I wanted to write the message for him in a legal sounding language containing the gist of Spiderman's message.

When I told my quilling student whose son is 16 (now she is a dear friend) of my idea, she said she is getting goosebumps listening to the idea.

So much for the idea! Now on to the execution! This is the card that I have come up with.

I have used golden and black strips for the complete work. The shaft of the key is made by rolling a wider strip and then rolling it in golden paper. The letters FREEDOM are quilled with golden paper. All the text is written in free hand. The chain is quilled with 1.5 mm golden paper. I didn't want to glue the key down to the card, so I created a casing for the key where it can rest. My son can take the key in hand when opening the door that leads to adulthood. Of-course the key is connected to a key chain that is glued to the card so he won't loose the key!

Dear reader, you can be the judge if the idea was executed in a good way or not.





                                  


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30 comments:

  1. This is totally gorgeous and a great idea! Very individual. Love the key in its own "bed". The whole creation is awesome and funny. I am convinced he loved it. All the best to him in the future.

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    1. Thanks for your words of appreciation Zoe. Your work is so innovative and unique that the appreciation coming from you means a lot. And thanks for your best wishes for my son!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW SUPERB,LIKED THE IDEA. GREAT EXECUTION

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    1. Thanks Kavitha for your kind words. Means a lot!

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  3. Hey, can I steal this idea, my elder son is also goin' to be 18 this July........I know how it is, he is kinda straining at the leashes ....so impatient to get there hahaha!!!
    jokes apart, this is an amazing idea with great execution, jus love it

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    1. and my son Devaansh also shares the first alphabet of his name with Dhruv......
      all the best to DHRUV!!

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    2. First of all, all my best wishes for Devaansh! Hope he has a memorable 18th birthday.
      And thanks for your kind words for the card! Sure you can go ahead and use the idea. Don't we in the blogger community share ideas to learn and grow? As long as we credit the owner of the idea, and don't use it for commercial purposes, I think it is absolutely fine to use each other's work for inspiration.

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  4. Hi Nupur! The idea is superb and your work is mind-blowing. I have always appreciated you not only as a person but also as an artist. My very best wishes to Dhruv on his 18th birthday. I hope to get a chance to learn something from you.

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    1. Dear Kamleshji, you are too kind. It's so nice to read and feel your love and appreciation. I am glad that you are following my progress in my journey of learning and experimenting with quilling. You are a true collector of art and it would be my pleasure to see your beautiful collection again. And thanks for your best wishes for Dhruv.

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  5. Amazing, so much lovely detail and so personal. Happy belated birthday to your son.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and wishes Merry!

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  6. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us over at HIMCR.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs Nana
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    ♥ HIMCR ♥DT

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  7. Beautiful card!! I love how you made the key! Nice details!
    hugs
    Cristina

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    1. Thanks Cristina! Wish you a very happy Birthday today!

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  8. I love the idea of the card and handmade/handwritten cards have more impact than anything else. This sure has touched my heart!
    You are an awesome mom :)
    Wishing your son an awesome birthday and even more awesome Life ahead!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! Yes I believe that personal touch has more value than even the most expensive gift on earth!
      You have a beautiful message on your page about why you chose Eenzy Beenzy. It is so beautiful and touching!
      Thanks for your lovely wishes for my son!

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  9. WOW!! this is really inspiring...Seeing the card and the lovely words, i felt Dhruv would be sooo proud of his Mom!!!
    U R SIMPLY GREAT!! Proud to have a sis like u :-)
    Amazing work! Great Idea! Beautiful craftmanship!!

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    1. Anshu thanks for your kind words! Glad you liked the card. I am looking forward to learn some sketching from you! Now when we will be closer, I will have the opportunity to make cards for everyone and send. Aryan's train card is still waiting.

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  10. Beautiful card.. I love the way your hands executed your idea so perfectly..

    Do visit my blog..
    http://www.scsmartcreations.blogspot.in/

    Swathi

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and for following my blog.

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  11. Wow..this is awesome. I love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  12. An Absolutely perfect key. You have made it look so real. I am in awe!!
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    Chris

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  13. You're so creative, Nupur! What a lovely gift! And I must say that key looks so real, I'm finding it hard to believe it's quilled!

    Hugs!
    Manu

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  14. Ohh you have quilled the key ??? Thats just amazing ! And what a fabulous thought behind the card !

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  15. Wow, how fabulous! Your quilling is gorgeous.

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  16. How clever does that key look brilliant. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good Luck!
    Sandy :) DT

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  17. Thanks for all your lovely comments!

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