Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Drop of Ink....

I have another "Back to School" card to share with you today.  Now, this card does not specifically have the words "Back to School" on it but it was sent to a grad student for that purpose.  :)  It also has a lot of school-themed elements...books, pencils, pens, and owls.  Owls just seem like an "education" bird to me.  I also used my favorite "Back to School" paper - Basic Grey's Oxford collection.

I saw this cool fold on this German lady's blog.  As you know I love fancy folds and just had to give this one a try.  I converted her measurements to inches and made my interior folded piece 7"x7".  The card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card.  I used good cardstock for the interior and added matting & patterned paper.  While I like the look, it does mean the card ends up quite thick when folded up and it definitely will not go flat.  I mailed it (with extra postage of course) in a envelope for a 5"x7" card.

I have had this box of "Proverbs to Go" by K & Company for years.  I was looking through it recently and found this great quote.  Since the card is going to a writer in grad school, I thought it so appropriate.  Writers have such a unique tool to influence so many people by what they write.  It can be both a reminder and an encouragement.

On one of the recent challenges at Word Art Wednesday, May Pack posted a card that had a book embellishment on the front that she had made.  You can see her book embellishment here.  I loved it and had to try it out for myself.  I had some tissue-paper script paper that I used for the book's pages.  A piece of cardstock made the cover and some leather thread tied up the book. A Stampin' Up! owl punch adds to the school theme.  I added red Stickles to the heart and a black pen for his pupils.

I used a Spellbinders Owl die for my interior image and stamped two of the sentiments from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Across the Miles set on him. I used the eyes and heart from the Stampin' Up! punch for his eyes and drew his nose and outlined him with a white gel pen.  I left the bottom square blank so that I could write a message.

The card will stand up on its own and folds up well.  I waited until I had the folded square completely done before cutting off the points that stuck over the card edge.  Next time I think I'll cut them off before doing all the decorating. This card fold has a cool look but really isn't hard.  If you have any questions about it, leave me a comment below and I'll try to help.

Cardstock  Bazzill, Recollection
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Oxford), Recollections (Script Tissue-Paper)
Ink:  VersaFine (Vintage Sepia)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Across the Miles)
Tools/Embellishments:  Creative Memories fine point black pen, Sharpie Ultra Fine Point brown pen, Uni-Ball Signo white pen, thread (Silver Creek Leather Co.), brads (American Crafts), sticker behind owl on front (Basic Grey Oxford), Stickles (Christmas Red), Spellbinders (Owls), Stampin' Up! Owl punch, Proverbs to Go (K & Company)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Roll 'em (3-Die or punch, 4-Kraft paper, 2-border)
Basic Grey Challenge #101 - Back to School/Good Luck
Aud Sentiments #88 - Any Sentiment
Milk Coffee Challenge - Back to School
Shopping Our Stash #117 - Back to School
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Back to School
Inky Chicks #12 - Stiching - Real or Faux

Thanks for stopping by to visit today.  


Leslie Hanna said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Where do I even begin? First, I love the papers, and yes: owl = smart/student, etc.

That fold? Love it! I'm not a big fancy fold fan, but this one is VERY cool! The sentiment for a writer? Perfect! That tiny book? L O V E it!

This one is a keeper!

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Darlene said...

Hi there Stephanie!!! OMG this is so adorable and I love the fold! Well done!!
Thanks so much for joining our "September – ROLL EM" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images Store

~ginny said...

The outside of your card was enough to make it a winner - but then you open it to that surprize fold - WOW!
Stephanie, this is one impressive effort! Thanks for sharing your beautiful project in the “Any Sentiment” Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
Aud Sentiments Design Team
RubberMAD at

NanaConnie said...

Love those papers, Steph! What a great card. Delightful owls, both outside and in. :-D

Chana Malkah said...

Beautiful card with lots of fun detail! Great paper coordination. I love the fold and will have to give that a try. Very Nicely Done, indeed! Thanks for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!
Chana, Owner

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a gorgeous card you have made. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx

Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

It's so cute
Thanks so much for joining our "September – ROLL EM" challenge at Shelly's Images!
Hugs Miranda


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