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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Guitar happy...

My brother's birthday is in a few days but I've already celebrated with him and given him his card, so I can share it with you now, too. Not that he'd read my blog anyway - he says he really looks forward to receiving my cards, but I'm very certain he doesn't care to read about them. :)

My dad was a guitar player all the time I was growing up. He would often get out his guitar in the evening and tell my sisters and me to come and sit with him and sing. He loved country western music, so I learned the words to all the old country western standards that were popular in the '50s and '60s. I loved singing with my dad.

When dad passed away in 2000, my brother inherited one of his guitars. He decided to teach himself to play. Mybrother is nearly an exact clone of my dad - same stature, same voice and many of the same habits. He looks just like my dad did at his age. Occasionally, my brother will bring his guitar to my house,and we will sing the old country songs while he picks out an accompaniment. It always makes me feel nostalgic, and it reminds me how much I miss my dad and wish I could give him just one more hug.

This year, since I now have the Nifty Fifties cartridge that has a guitar image on it, I decided to make my brother this card:
The image from the cartridge didn't suggest the strings or create holes for them, so I just looked on the internet to determine just how a 6-string accoustic guitar is strung.  I used a needle to make the holes and some grey thread for the guitar strings.  I added a little gold-colored Liquid Pearls at both ends of each string to hold it in place.
Here's a close up where you can see how I've positioned the strings.  I also cut and added a darker piece of brown paper so that I could draw some frets across it under the strings on the neck of the guitar.  You can just barely see them in the photo, but my brother said, "I even see the frets!"
I really enjoyed making this card. It brought back some sweet memories of my dad.  Here's a couple final pix where you can see that I popped the guitar up on dimensionals and added a border of patterned paper on the inside, as well.
Thanks for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.



Donna said...

Love this card - my son loves to play, hope I remember this for his next birthday. Congrats on the win!

Shanna said...