Sunday, September 04, 2011

Back to school

Today I'm posting two cards and they couldn't be more different in style, colors, subject, etc. etc.
The first one is in celebration of back to school.  This is the first year I don't have a student in the house ... but also the first year I have a teacher living with me!!  My son received his teaching certificate last month and has already been hired by two school districts for "teacher-on-call".  I'm so proud of Jeremy!!  His degree is in Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in English.  He'll be teaching those subjects at high schools in both Delta and Richmond.  Of course, he may be asked to teach other subjects as well, but those are his chosen subjects.

Anyways, I got to thinking about back to school and I remembered a really cute tole painting pattern I had (I used to tole paint about 10 years ago).  This card is perfect for back to school ... or as a thank you card at the end of the school year.  No stamping involved with this.  Just layering papers and a little hand-printing (although you could generate the sentiment on your computer).  This is my first time making a tall & thin card (SCS Challenge CAS124).  Hope you like.

"Back to School"

Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Silver, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Crumb Cake; Stampin' Write markers:  Gray, Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  corner round punch, sponge, black Sharpie pen, adhesives

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I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 1/2" x 3" and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink.  I made a light pencil mark at the middle of one the 3 1/2" side and then cut the pieces at angles from the middle to each bottom side to create the sharpened part of the pencil.  I drew in the jagged line for the tip of the pencil with the black Sharpie pen and then colored in the tip with the Gray Stampin' Write marker.  I oultined the top and sides of the piece with a black Sharpie pen.  I drew in the lines and dots with the thin tip of the Black Stampin' Write marker.

I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 3 1/2" x 7 1/4" (full size of the card).  I rounded the two bottom corners with the corner round punch.  I measured down 2 1/4" from the top and that's where I drew in the jagged line that divides the pencil tip from the main part of the pencil.  I drew in the line with a black Sharpie pen and then cut along, leaving the black line visible.  I also outlined the whole piece of yellow in black.  I mounted the sponged pencil tip in behind the yellow pencil.

I cut a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock 1 3/4" x 3 1/2".  I cut a piece of Silver cardstock 3/4" x 3 1/2".  I outlined both pieces of cardstock with a black Sharpie pen and added some lines and dots with the SWM.  I mounted the Silver on top of the Pretty in Pink cardstock and used the corner rounder to punch out the two bottom corners of the pink.  I mounted it on top of the Daffodil Delight cardstock.

I drew in light pencil lines and added the sentiment in pencil to make sure it looked right before going over the letters with the thin end of the Black Stampin' Write marker.  I used the Sharpie pen to add dots on all the letters.  I made sure the ink was dry before erasing my pencil lines.

I cut a card base of Daffodil Delight 7" x 7 1/4" and folded it in half.  I dry-fit the pencil on top and marked where the angled cuts needed to be on the card base to mimic the shape of the tip of the pencil and then cut them out.  I mounted the pencil onto the card base.


Last week I borrowed a stamp set from my friend Frances.  I was at her place helping her show a few friends how to stamp, and saw it sitting there and I just couldn't resist asking her.  When I opened it, I noticed how pristine the stamps were ... I'm pretty sure she hasn't used it yet, but she is so generous that she lent it to me anyways :)

I was inspired by this beautiful card by Sallie (hobbydujour) at SCS.  I love the soft colors and feel of Sallie's card - gorgeous.  I thought the stamp set I borrowed would really work well ...
Hope you like.

"Kind & Caring Thoughts"

Stamps:  Kind & Caring Thoughts (SU!)
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Pacific Point, VersaMark (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  white embossing powder, heat tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, two-tone sheer ribbon (Michael's), sponges, adhesives

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Using the Whisper White cardstock, I randomly sponged the background in this order:  Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Old Olive and (just a little) Pacific Point.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the stamp and stamped a few times with Certainly Celery ink for the background.  I inked the stamp in VersaMark and stamped three times (again using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the images), embossing with white after each stamping.

I tied the two-tone ribbon in a bow around the main panel and mounted it onto a card base of Garden Green cardstock.

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