It’s that time of year again…Back to School time! I love shopping for school supplies and I love the cooler mornings and Fall smells that this time of year brings here in Idaho. This month for our Sincerely segment, we are focusing on Back to School ideas for cards. And just for fun, I used my DTs to cover this composition book…so easy and quick! I cut a piece of paper to fit the cover and used my corner rounder to round the edges to match the book. I used the Tags set, Tiny Accents, Tiny Brackets, Tiny Tags and Adventure to decorate it. And now…for the cards!
Designed by Debbie Budge
Gail Owens, one of our Design Team members, has created some adorable cards with our Back to School theme in mind, so be sure to take a look at all of them closely…they are so cute!
Supplies: patterned paper, stamp (Imaginisce); card stock (Provo Craft, Bazzill); ink (Ranger, Tsukinedo); alphabet stickers (DCWV); ribbon (Offray); circle punch (EK Success)
For this card, I stamped the notebook paper on white card stock, cut it out and added letter stickers. I also made a pencil using layers of the same template shape. First, cut a full tag shape out of cream colored paper This serves as the base for all your layering and ends up only showing the tip of the pencil.
Turn the yellow paper so the back side is showing and score every 1/4″. This makes raised lines and adds some texture to your pencil. You can use a scoring board or the groove in your paper trimmer.
Now use sandpaper or a sanding block to gently sand off the surface of the scored lines, exposing the white core. If you used a solid core card stock, use a bit of ink on a dauber to add some ink to the scored lines instead.
Next, trace just part of the tag onto pink cardstock for the eraser.
Layer your yellow paper and eraser on the pencil base and add the “metal” part of your pencil just below the eraser using a silver metallic ribbon (I used 1/8″, but 1/4 would also work.)
As the final touch to your pencil, punch a 1/2″ circle out of black cardstock and adhere it to the point of the pencil. Now all you have to do is trim off the extra black card stock and silver ribbon and you have a pencil!
Supplies: patterned paper (Imaginisce, Prima); card stock (Provo Craft); ribbon (Pebbles); crayon (Crayola); ink (Ranger)
This card has a crayon, also made out of the tiny tags! I wanted to point out that I used crayon to write the sentiment. Remember that in your card making, you can use things that you normally would never use for your scrapbook layouts, like writing with crayons and pencils. You don’t have to worry about your card materials being archival quality and acid free, which opens up a whole world of options.
Trace the tag on card stock like this.
Then make a dotted line across the tag, separating the tip from the rest. Move the tip down a bit and trace again, only going to the dotted line. Make another line at the top to mark where you will cut the point off the tip to make the flat crayon top.
Now erase the outside line where you have doubles, and the pointy part of the tip. This is what you should have left. Cut along the solid lines (NOT the dotted line) and you have your crayon base. Just flip it over (or erase all the lines), add a “wrapper” and whatever you want to use to embellish it and you’re done!
Supplies: patterned paper (Imaginisce, Prima); card stock (Provo Craft); twine (SupplyOwl on Etsy); “school” sticker (DCWV); glitter letter stickers (Making Memories); ribbon (Offray); ink (Ranger)
Kiwi Lane does not currently have an apple template, but you can think outside the box a little and use a pumpkin with a bit of modification. I trimmed the bottom so it looked more like an apple, and I made the stem more rounded. -Gail Owens