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Vintage mustache French birthday card and a few challenges

I'm playing along with three challenges with this card: Cardz 4 Guyz #7, City Crafter Challenge Week 200 and Sketch Saturday #299. The theme at Cardz 4 Guyz is "Music". Note the vintage sheet music on this card. I like using this as a neutral background; it goes with anything. At City Crafter the challenge is '...another language other than English'. As I've made this card for my French father in-law (who doesn't speak English), I almost feel like I'm cheating on this one. I've used the sketch at Sketch Saturday as my design.

This vintage mustached gentleman is part of an old mustache wax ad. It comes from Dover's 2000 Early Advertising Cuts. I scanned it, printed it and colored it with pencils. The button is also vintage.

I've used Goudy Handtooled BT font on both the outside and inside sentiments. In English this translates to "Let's see!" (outside) and "What is today? Why, it's your birthday...Happy Birthday, Papa!" (inside). Just in case you're thinking I've goofed with the extra space before the question mark and exclamation points, in French you have a space before these two types of punctuation.

And here's the sketch:

Papercardstock, vintage sheet music, The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
TopperDover 2000 Early Advertising Cuts
ColoringCaran D'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishmentsvintage button, twine
FontGoudy Handtooled BT


  1. Oh Wow I love your vintage touch, so different, a wonderful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.
    Also thanks for your DT application, I shall be finalising this very soon. Caz

  2. I just love this image and you've presented it beautifully. Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week x

  3. Super masculine card. The colors and papers are perfect.

  4. What a wonderful card, love the image! Thanks for sharing at Cardz4Guys!

  5. Amazing card! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  6. What a fabulous card!! He's going to love this!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  7. Like the way his 'tache overlaps !!

  8. Anonymous3/3/14 23:42

    Awesome!! Love that image!! Thanks so much for playing this week at CCCB :-)

  9. Wonderful card! Love everything about it! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday! ~Deb

  10. Oh I love this! Such a fun card. Hope you father in law likes it too! Thanks for joining in the Sketch Saturday Challenge this week.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Sketch Saturday DT

  11. I sent an e mail to you re the DT Call, have you received it? Can you please get in touch with me. C4G Caz

  12. What a great card! Love how you cut the mustache out to hang over part of the card. Great color combo too. Nicely done! Best, Curt

  13. Hi Shani, just a quick hello. I've been watching your posts. Good work, all of it.
    Your Friend,


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