Some information on making the card: For the main image layer - I used subtly patterned paper. and stamped (Cross and Blossoms, by Paper Inspirations) in craanberry - I deliberately did not ink evenly.
For rhe letters I used LifeStyle Crafts Hello, GoodBye die set. I cut the letters I needed, then sponged cranberry ink around them - kind of a mask. (At church on Sunday I saw a "slide" that was beautiful, with subtle lettering - that was my inspiration for trying this technique.)
I will use the same letter style for his name. The DP layers are from Paper Studio Faith, and the mats are dark cranberry and cream. The strips are metallic gold stickers.
For an additional distressed look, I am using dull blades in my cutter - just the right amount of rough edges for many of the layers!
Cuttlebug (die cuts, distressing): http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
DP layers ((DP has been in my stash for a couple of years): http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/
Embellishments (gold strips): http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/
New (to me) technique - see above: http://dreamtimedesigns.blogspot.com/2013/12/challenge-3-at-ddcc.html