Our church is having a "Teacher Appreciation" dinner this week and I vounteered to make the "thank you" cards for all 20 of them. (there's actually 18, but I am making 2 special ones for the Sunday School Directors since they will be seeing all of these cards, I wanted theirs to be different.) It was so much easier for me to pick one design and mass-produce them, so here's the 8 that will go to the male teachers:
I always have trouble coming up with masculine cards--so I always turn to my trusty resource... Julie, at Paper Pleasing Ideas!! She makes the most amazing masculine cards (as well as pretty ones). I found THIS CARD of hers and fell in love with it, so I tried to C.A.S.E. the technique, and tried to keep the rest simple--didn't want too many layers as I'm making so many of them.
I used SU! watercolor paper and misted it down with water. Then, I inked up my trees from SU!'s Lovely as a Tree set, in Artichoke and stamped onto the wet c.s. It took me quite a few times to get it right, and still had a hard time coming up with 8 good ones, Some were too wet and the green ink turned brown, and some I tried blotting the c.s. and it ended up too dry and the green didn't spread out enough. After the c.s. dried (I used Julie's idea and used my heat gun), I stamped the trees in brown Stazon over the green blobs (technical term). Then, I sponged Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip on the edges of the tree layer, Artichoke (stamped first with the Weathered bg stamp), and the Close to Cocoa layer. I had this twill tape-looking ribbon that I got at Michaels and I just pulled a string to unravel the ends a bit. The sentiments are generated on my computer. Sorry my lighting is so bad. Maybe I'll get a "Studio in a Box" for Christmas or birthday?
I have almost all of the women's cards done. Just need 2 more, and then I will post those as well. Unlike these, I made each one just a tad bit different. Hope you'll come again and see the rest!! Have a blessed day!!