September 10, 2012

Back to School

Penny Black’s Les Petites cards and envelopes are the perfect size to tuck happy thoughts in a lunchbox or send to a student studying away from home.

A Penny Black’s Les Petites (with a wild cherry envelope) was rotated in a horizontal position for the card base.

The first polka dot layer is a rectangle cut from the Madison designer paper pad.

Tip/Hint:  For extra texture, dry emboss patterned papers.  In this sample, Swiss Dots were embossed on top of the polka dots.

The next layer is comprised of Rose Garden cardstock stamped with Diamond Pattern in Love Letter Memento.  It is very faint, but it lends a design component without competing with the white polka dot pattern.

Tip/Hint:  Create your own notebook paper by drawing evenly spaced lines on white cardstock with a blue pencil.

Tip/Hint:  To create the appearance of spiral-bound paper, use a hole punch to create an evenly spaced row of holes and then use scissors to remove very tiny slits of paper.
Tip/Hint:  Have fun with staples and use them in place of adhesives.

Tip/Hint: For an alternative to adding a die-cut heart, punch the heart directly from the paper.  This will add visual depth and more shadows.

This side view shows Mimi (Teacher’s Pet) dressed and ready for school.  Extra layered elements of the apple, book bag and hat build up the design.

Design Variation:  Exchange the sentiment with a “thank you” for a teacher’s card.

The extra space below the sentiment is a great spot to add the recipient's name or some hugs and kisses!

Thank you for stopping by....

Penny Black Designer Paper Pad: Madison 80-001
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Rose Garden 14-003
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Copic Markers
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Love Letter Memento, Teal Zeal Memento, Peanut Brittle Memento, Clear Embossing Powder, Jumbo Sponge Daubers
Provo Craft: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Other: Mini Stapler, Heart Punch