Monday, 9 July 2012

Teacher card - stepped up

First of all, please forgive me if I don't blog much over the next two weeks. Life is going to be crazy in the run-up to the school holiday ... and I have 16 cards to cut up and pack for 15 people at Christmas in July, too! So blogging may have to wait, although I will get the masculine teacher box on here soon, in case you have any male teachers to make for.

So, staying with the teacher gift theme, here’s a card idea to match the box. It looks very wonky in the photo but I assure you it's not - I was struggling to get a photo as I foolishly left it until after dark! 

The card is based on one we made at a Stampin’ Up!® training event – of which this card is another variation – just tweaked very slightly to with a new colour scheme and this month’s free brads and ribbons.

I stamped the words using the very useful For My Family stamp set – this is great for making cards extra personal.

The flower is punched twice using Calypso Coral cardstock and then snipped along the petals for added interest. I’ve also snipped the Lucky Limeade circle in for the centre. The ribbon is really easy – just a knot with another piece of ribbon knotted around it. The ribbon is so narrow that this works quite well.

All in all, a nice, easy Make & Take. But what happens when you step it up a notch or two... or eight?

This one is the same basic design with a few extras thrown in. I’ve done this one as a “Mum” card as Mums surely deserve the stepped-up version, don’t you think?

Additional features are:

  1. Three scored lines down the edge of the card on the left, using the Simply Scored tool. Do this from the inside of the card to get raised lines on the outside.
  2. I stamped the top punched flower but unfortunately you can’t see it in the photo.
  3. I punched another flower from Lucky Limeade cardstock and snipped off all but two of the petals to create the illusion of leaves.
  4. I stamped a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Island Indigo to create the centre of the flower.
  5. The Lucky Limeade panel is embossed using the Adorning Accents hearts embossing folder
  6. There’s an added Island Indigo panel, die-cut using the Adorning Accents edgelits die and embossed using the co-ordinating folder
  7. The ribbon is tied in a proper bow this time.
  8. And, of course, there’s a stamped envelope – although this takes seconds so goes with both cards.
What do you think? Which version do you prefer?

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, For My Family
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment ribbons and brad bundle, Blossom punch, 1” circle punch, Adorning Accents embossing folders and Edgelits dies

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