Hello bloggers. Today I’m playing along with the May Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party which has a theme of Teacher Appreciation.
Since it’s been over 10 years since I had a child in school, I don’t have much need for a Teacher Appreciation card, so I went with a card design that could just as easily fit a thank you card for any occasion, but with a schoolhouse feel. This way, I will at least have an opportunity to actually USE this card sometime in the future.
With a red cardstock card base, I layered a beautiful die cut file released just this week by Waltzingmouse Stamps, Art Deco Card Panels 1 Cut Files, which actually contains three very lovely and intricate designs. I cut it using my Cameo and used it for my background.
I stamped my sentiment using a sentiment from the Big Berries Strawberry set using white ink onto a piece of Chalkstock from Canvas Corp. Then taking a white pencil, I drew the lines to give it a border. I backed the Chalkstock with a layer of very thin cork paper.
I really proud of the way the berry turned out. I recently watched this video by Julie Ebersole sharing a great technique on how to get real shimmer and glitz using Microfine Glitter, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to give this technique a try. I used a cut file to outline the strawberry using white cardstock and then covered the outline with Scor-Tape – applied the Microfine Glitter and then using the berry from the Vintage Garden Produce set, I stamped the berry on top of the glitter using Graphite Black Brilliance Ink. I then colored the image using Copic markers. Naturally, it’s difficult to capture on camera the “brilliance” of the shimmer on the berry, but it’s really stunning.
I hope you will join in the fun and create your own Teacher Appreciation card. The Blog Party is open to players through the 18th, so check it out here. There will be a free stamp set given away to a randomly selected participant, so that should be even more incentive to play.
Thanks for popping in today to take a peek at my latest creation. For that I thank you BERRY MUCH!
Until next time, stay crafty.
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