The style of the card was driven by him being the recipient. I think the little plane would be cute on a simple white card with a sky full of white die cut clouds (I'll have to try that one another time). But my son needed more color. I pulled out the Build a Scene 6x6 Paper Pad with the idea of it having nice basic patterns that I could build into a fun card. Check it out!
There's leafy ground. The brick pattern is supposed to be brick wall/fence. I used the fun cloud paper and then some polka dots for the sun. Even the pilot's scarf is patterned paper.
Although I do love the way the strips of paper look, I wanted to add a bit more interest, so I narrowed the card by about 3/8" of an inch and stuck the back of the airplane off the card. The card is still a standard 4 1/4" wide which means it fits in an envelope. The easiest way to do this is to use grid paper or a paper that is 4 1/4" wide and line it up.
I do hope my son enjoys his journey. He's taken the long way to get there, but I think he's finally found a goal and is excited about starting his own life. I still have a few months with him home, but I know it's going to get busier and busier for all of us. Now I have a card tucked away.