Are you ready to play this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA44)? It's another fabulous sketch by Pal Margaret Moody. Margaret's sketches are always classy, and this one seemed to be tailor-made for a very special card I wanted to design. As I enter into the final days of my teaching career, I wanted to thank my colleagues for their friendship and support. With 34 years of tenure, I have forged many wonderful relationships with faculty and staff alike. This card was made with them in mind. Thanks for the memories...
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips:
- Need an image that's sharp and crisp? Jet Black StazOn does the trick! It is especially striking when used for black and white cards! And as a special bonus, it dries very quickly. No more smudges! Just look at that "Graffiti"!
- Neat a cute little flower in a matter of minutes? Create this Scallop Circle flower in four easy steps!
Need a kiss of bling for good luck? "Smooch" your flowers with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz! Don't you just love the shimmer and shine that a little smooch gives?
Need instant texture? Make like a frog, and "ribbit"! In seconds, the horizontal strip, complete with Pinking Hearts Border, was zipped through the Crimper for a little extra texture and interest.
A. Using the Scallop Circle Punch, punch a circle from Real Red card stock.
B. Using a Stylus or scoring blade, score from one indent, across the circle to the opposite indent.
C. Using a Sponge Dauber and Real Red ink, distress the edges of each "petal". Then fold along a score line, and distress. Repeat this until all scored lines have been inked.
D. Finally, "pleat" the flower and add a sweet little center using the Itty Bitty Scallop Circle Punch and Summer Sun card stock. This little punch is a member of the Punch Pack, a trio of punches which coordinate with the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and Bitty Buttons, all of which are available in the Summer Mini!
I usually put a lot of thought into my designs, and this card was no exception. And believe it or not...there is a method to my madness. I selected three flowers, not only because "odds" are always better than "evens" when it comes to embellishments, but also to represent the three decades that I have spent teaching. The color red was selected because red is the color of passion, desire, and love. I have always been passionate about my teaching, tempered by a desire to be the best that I could possibly be. And there is no doubt that I have loved my job. Never has there been a day that I ever regretted the career path that I have followed...
I hope that you will join us for this week's challenge, and I hope that you will leave a comment to let me know what you think about this week's card. And remember, if you ever have any questions about the cards that I create or the techniques that I use, please feel free to email me. Until next time...
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Stamp Set: Gratuitous Graffiti (111636); Inks: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Real Red (103133); Card Stock: Basic Black (102851), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Summer Sun (100537); Tools: Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Crimper (101618), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309---Summer Mini), Sponge Daubers (102892); Glitz and Glam: Black Gingham Ribbon (104832)