A CAS (Clean and Simple) card to celebrate the first days of the new school year. The best really is yet to be. Learning new things is a treat to expand the mind.
ChallengesCan You Case It: Back to School
Less Is More: Sticker
Addicted to Stamps and More: CAS
The Colour Throwdown: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue
Colouring in Scrapland: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Putting It TogetherI intended this as a quick and simple card, but got a little side tracked. But, let me step back to the beginning.
One of the challenges is Back to School. I looked through my stamps and supplies for anything fitting the theme and was coming up pretty empty until I remembered the Dreamweaver stencil I recently bought with a pencil. Ah-ha, says I, this will work. A pencil on a simple background and an inspirational sentiment.(my other thought was involving a school of fishes but I didn't have a sentiment to tie it in well).
Wanting to do more with my recently purchased Distress Crayons, I gave it a go. Not only did I get the colour running under the stencil, I also discovered brass stencils can be rather tough on the finger (which is what I was using to smudge the crayon after wetting it with water). Blah. I even gave it two tries. It just wasn't working.
So I switched gears and went to my limited number of Distress Markers. Three or the five colours I have fit: Spiced Marmalade for the tapered wood toward the tip, Stormy Sky for the metal around the eraser, and Fired Brick for the eraser. I used the brush end to follow the edge of the opening and my water brush to pull the marker ink in. To complete the colours of a standard pencil, I used Distress Ink mini pads with my waterbrush: Mustard Seed for the very familiar pencil colour and Black Soot for the tip.
I fussy cut the pencil (because the tip had run under the stencil *sigh*) and found a simple nice background in my stash of paper. I made a strip of the patterned paper and adhered it to the centre. I also found the perfect sentiment to fit my thoughts in my sticker stash!
I put the pencil in the centre, pointing to the future, adhered flat.
Inside, I stamped the other part of what I want to convey about school. I got an ink smudge by the 'e' so another little sticker, perfect to the inspirational message, came to my rescue, a heart with a smile. (The heart really is red, but the light and camera angle make it look black.)