A little back story on this one.
When I was first discovering YouTube videos on card making, I saw that so many crafter would stamp images and then color them with Copic markers. Well, that’s great and all but I don’t know how to shade and coloring seemed unlikely for me. Not too mention, way to expensive to invest in, no matter how easy these people made it look.
But then I came across videos of people using just die-cut images to build scenes. This seemed easy enough. Maybe a little expensive to invest in a few die sets but still, I could probably do a few scenes with a reasonable amount of dies. And I was even seeing some people do paper piecing; stamping the images onto a few different patterned papers and then cutting the pieces out and pasting them together.
Incidentally, some of the first cards I made, I actually tried watercoloring with Distress inks and that has been my go to coloring option. I have hardly paper pieced at all. And outside of the cute Christmas and Halloween treat box houses, I haven’t done much straight die-cut only projects.
I have the Lawn Fawn Rainbow, Simply Puffy Clouds and Stitched Hillside dies and when I needed to make a card for Colt’s former teacher, I reached to these for inspiration. I decided that I wanted to make a cute rainbow scene and not use much if any stamping.
I started with a Stitched Rectangle on some light blue cardstock. And the cut two more Stitched Rectangles in different shades of green. From those, I cut two different hillsides using the Stitched Hillside Boarders. It was then that I realized there is a right way and a wrong way to position them and ended up without stitching on my one hillside. Ah well.
From 7 different card stocks I cut out the rainbow. My only issue with this die is that the rainbow segments are connected. So you cut 7 of each color and if you are going to do a standard rainbow you can’t really make more than one. Still, I save the extra segments in my scrap bin and I am sure I can find an alternative use for them.
I also cut the Simply Puffy Clouds out of some white cardstock.
I arranged the pieces together and mounted them all using some tape runner. The rainbow I pieced together using the negative space of one of the cutouts, that way I could position them evenly. I also used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue them down since I would need a little extra time to wiggle them in place.
I mounted the whole scene to a piece of silver glitter cardstock. And attached it to a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card base.
I was having a hard time figuring out what sentiment to use. Colt’s teacher, Ms. Emily is leaving The Learning Experience for another job closer to her home. I’m sad to see her go, even though she hasn’t been Colt’s teacher in some time, she’s still fun to see around. And I’m glad she’s doing well and has another opportunity. However, I think the feeling I have the most is grateful. I decided to use my Scripty Thank You die and silver embossing powder to make it appear like metal.
I finished the card off with a little Wink Of Stella shimmer (it looks a lot more shimmery in this picture!).
I am truly grateful for all that Ms. Emily was able to provide for Colt when she was his teacher. I loved how she’d meet me at the door each day and provide an update on what Colt had done during the day. And she always had a fun outlook despite a day with a dozen 1 year olds. She will be missed around school for sure.
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