• 1st day of school


    Hi there,
    Before we get started, get yourself a nice cup of coffee, this is a long post.

    Today was my daughter's last day as a kinder gartener. And in a little over a month she will start her first year of school. She's so excited! My husband and I can't understand this time has come already! But, I wanted to make her a special card, and very unlike me I'm getting it done now instead of my usual last minute, lol.


    My idea was a 3D card, but I didn't have a clue how to do it, so this card actually started out as a 1-layer card. Stamping, masking, stamping... you get the point. After coloring half the images I decided it wasn't working. The scene was just all wrong, the card was 30 cm (almost 12") long, and I messed up the coloring one one of the images. So I stamped a few more images and colored them all in with my Copics, and then fuzzy cut them all. The stamps are from Clearly Besotted A class act and Being schooled, as well as Mama Elephant Book Worm. Aren't they just the sweetest?


    Meanwhile, by some miracle, Jennifer Mcguire posted a video on how to make a Pop up trifold card and that's what I went with. Thanks, Jennifer!
    The floor is 2 different pop-up panels (Doodlebug paper) and I tried to build in some additional "layers" by placing the images in different hights on these panels. They're tight, I know, but I really wanted to fit them all in.


    The floor panels are attached by adhering these folded "boxes". McGuire calls them sho boxes 😆
    Between the base and the first floor panel the boxes are made from a strip of cardstock 1,5"x3,5" scored at 0,5", 1,5", 2" and 3". For the next layer I made them slightly smaller, 1,25"x1,75" scored at 0,25", 0,75", 1", 1,5".


    Here you can just see how it's assembled. The balloon paper is from Joy Cratfs and the banner is My favorite things Celebratory banner. I cut the paper before adhering it. The banner bits are cut from white cardstock, colored with Copics and I wrote the letters with a fine line pen. It means school start, which is what we use. I didn't adhere the tips of the flags in hope of a little dimension.


    For the front of the card I used watercolor paper, Create a smile Wave of stars stencil, texture paste and WOW! embossing Turkish nights embossing glitter. It's a purplish pink a la Seedless preserves Distress ink added lots of gold sparkle, and is one of my absolute favorites!
    I placed the stencil, added a thick layer of texture paste and added the embossing powder. Then I set it aside to dry overnight. It gives the most gorgeous dimension and texture, I love it!
    The "Du" (You) die is also Create a smile stamps. I die cut both dies (there's a full and shade die), and I also created a shade by drawing around the die with a pencil and fuzzy cutting it out. On the die cut shade I added Nuvo Glitter drops in Sherbet shimmer.


    I then spritzed the panel with a solution of Nuvo shimmer powder and (lots of) water. It doesn't get that usual shimmer powder shimmer, but I like the spritzed look for this.
    I then cut 3 Simple and Basic labels. The sentiments are my (dreadful attempt of) hand writing. I tried with the different alpha stamps I have, and none worked. Anyway, they mean (You) Are awesome!, Got this! and Make Mom and Dad proud. I added a bow from purple metallic thread, popped ud the labels and the Du cut out, and then attached the 2 cards together.

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