Did you see the cute theme over at The Paper Players Challenge # 261 this week? Sandy wants us to show some Lunchbox Love! I just saw the challenge and immediately thought of SU Pictogram Punches- You’re a Star! I have to sneak this in one of my awesome adult kids’ lunch bag or briefcase. I am so proud of each one of them- they have worked sooooo hard and continue to each day. It feels like it was just yesterday that they were homeschooling with me!
My card is a little under 5″ square. The little star cut outs were done with a die from the SU Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. I used a retired Chalk Talk framelit to cut out the sentiment. It is a long framelit so I cut it down to fit the size of the message:)
There was ample space in between the words to easily mask off the letters and use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the words vertically using the playful colors at ColourMe # 68.
I punched out some fun stars from the SU Pictogram Punches to add a little depth to the card. A simple adorning of a Melon Mambo button and Lost Lagoon Satin Stitched Ribbon finished it off. I could not resist adding the hyphen- grammar obsessed, I am.
Never used a Stamp-a-ma-jig?
Here is a video done by Stampin’ Up staff demonstrating this essential stamping tool:
I used Melon Mambo cardstock to create this project made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die Set. I die cut the heart out of the front at the same time I cut the larger portion of the treat bag. I then added a piece of 3″ x 3″ acetate on the inside to cover the heart opening. Once it was all put together, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
I finished it off with additional dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits- the pennant banner scored at 1″ on one side and the heart I already die cut. I stamped the heart image from the SU Groovy Love stamp set and used the Bitty Banners framelits to cut out the stamped sentiment. The stamped heart was punched out with the Heart Punch. I popped up the stamped heart and the die cut heart off the white banner and layered some sweet little hearts from the SU Pictogram Punches stamp set under the bigger hearts. I just stamped two of each little heart and put white baker’s twine between them with a Tombow glue.
I used the nifty ergonomically easy SU Handheld Stapler to attach the little hearts to the banner and bag. For some reason, I never have any luck using a traditional stapler on cards but the new SU one just “works” for me. Yea!
My fellow Design Team members at the Friday Mashup have been coming up with some neat challenges, and this week is no different. For Challenge #182, Holly has an interesting one for us called the Galaxy technique.
Make sure to check out the tutorials- they were great.
Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a project with the “Galaxy Technique.” Links to technique HERE &HERE.
Create a project for “A Friend.”
or Mash it Up! and create a “Project for a friend using the Galaxy Technique.”
I am always a bit out of my comfort zone with watercoloring and such but I found this to be fun. One thing I can say that I gleaned from the tutorial was to wet but not oversaturate my watercolor paper before adding some watered down reinkers to it with a paintbrush or aqua painter.
I started with black reinker then filled in the blank spaces in a tiny amount of Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and I think Wisteria Wonder reinker- it may have been Elegant Eggplant? After I sped up the drying with my heat gun, I “flicked” some white acrylic paint on with a paint brush. I liked it but did not want to cover my whole card with it so I cut out an oval from Island Indigo and adhered it to the galaxy panel. I then inlaid the oval with a smaller oval of Elegant Eggplant cardstock.
I heat embossed in white the SU Pictogram Punches stamp set with its sentiment and stars that I thought was a neat match with the galaxy theme. It was super easy to punch out the stars with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
I was tempted to use Heat and Stick powder with Iridescent Ice over the galaxy but thought it might be too much. I also did not want to re-do my galaxy if it did not look like what I wanted! Instead I literally covered the whole panel in Clear Wink of Stella pen. Below is a pick that actually magnifies the effect- it is much more subtle in person. I looks really cool!
I sure hope you play along this week- I think you will find it really fun!
Hop on over to the Friday Mashup and check out what the girls created for inspiration…