Card How-to, Cardmaking

Teacher Appreciation Card: Combining New and Old Products

Hello there friends. I hope you had a great week. Today I’m sharing a card that a friend of mine requested for some very deserving educators. (I can hardly believe the year is almost over).

Since I’m not a mom of any human beings (proud cat mom here), my collection of teacher themed stamps are limited. I did come across this wonderful, Learning is Fun, stamp set from Your Next Stamp and decided to use it. One of the easiest way to get more out of your stash is by combining older products with newer ones, which is what I did in this card.

I started by coloring the image with Copic Markers. You may notice that my image is missing something from it. I ran into a little trouble coloring the teddy bear sitting on the pencil. I didn’t like the colors I used and the details got lost. When I first started cardmaking, I would have panicked if I had this problem.

It can be heartbreaking to see something not come out the way you hoped, but before you scrap your project consider how you can fix it without throwing out the whole image. Bleeding can very often be fixed with a white gel pen, unsightly smudges can be covered with embellishments, or in my case, images can be altered with a few snips of a scissor. No one will be able to notice your mishap and the receiver will appreciate your thoughtfulness. (And if they don’t, you shouldn’t be sending them a card in the first place!)

After coloring my images, I created a star filled night sky using the Celestial Star Background Glimmer Hot Plate from Spellbinders and a blend of Distress Oxide inks. I’m very new to the Glimmer System, but I loved how the stars resisted the ink.

I used the colors Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Black Soot to make the sky and then added a second layer of ink to create clouds with a stencil. Here to I stretched my supplies by creating a DIY cloud stencil. I die cut three cloud border dies into the edges of a plastic square. This was very effective and created the beautiful cloud pattern I was hoping for.

Lastly, I created my greetings by heat embossing one of the sentiments from the set onto the background and then adding a small banner using the “Thanks a Million” phrase from the Mini Everyday Sentiments Hot plate from Spellbinders.

I mounted everything to a light blue card base using foam tape and added some little finishing touches. I added some gold pearls to the background, as well as some clear Nuvo drops to the boys glassed, and sparkle to the flowers in the girl’s hair and on her shoes using a shimmer pen.

To see how I made this card, you can watch the video here:

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