Tuesday, September 8, 2020

First Day at School Card (CASology Week #373 mid-inspiration)

Hi everyone! :o)

Last Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, a new challenge started at CASology
This fortnight's cue word is September. :o)

I took some time off and skipped some challenges through the summer, but I finally managed to create something for this challenge. Due to some private situation, I didn't have the time to prepare my post on time, so I'm bringing it today as mid-inspiration

There's still plenty of time to join the challenge, which ends on Monday, September 14th, 2020, 9 AM, CDT (UTC -5).

We also have a sponsor for this challenge: Lawn Fawn. Find all details about the prize over at CASology blog.

And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), First Day at School Card. :o)

Design defined: 
Adding dimension gives a CAS card special interest.

Here in Croatia, school starts in September, so I decided to go with school themed card for this challenge.

This school year started yesterday. My younger niece Nika (6 years old) is a first grade student and yesterday was her first day at school. She was super excited. :o) I made this card for her. She was so happy. :o)

Nika, First Day at School

How I made the card...

To make this card I used SUPER CUTE stamps from a Clearly Besotted 'A Class Act' stamp set. This stamp set is no longer available in the size I have, but in a smaller version at Clearly Besotted ShopI got this set four years ago from a friend crafter, Zrinka of Owls and Co.. :o)

I stamped an adorable kitten on a watercolor paper and colored her in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the image and traced edges with a black marker.

I stamped the same image on a white cardstock paper, colored it with the black marker and fussy cut it leaving thin white border around it. Then I glued watercolored image over the black one. I did this to make the image sturdier, as the watercolor paper I use is very thin and I needed thicker image.

Then I stamped a sentiment on a white cardstock paper panel. 

I wanted to add some dimension, but I didn't want to use foam squares that I have, so I cut two more white cardstock panels, slightly smaller than the panel with the stamped sentiment. I glued all panels together and glued them on a white top folded card base. I glued one more panel inside the card just to make it sturdier.

Lastly, I glued 3-D foams 2 mm thick on the back of the kitten and placed her on the card. As a finishing touch I drew white highlights. :o)

Card measurements: 95 mm x 127 mm (3 3/4" x 5")

List of supplies:
  • Clearly Besotted Stamps 'A Class Act' stamp set (the set is discontinued, but there is "smaller" version available at Clearly Besotted Stamps shophere)
  • white cardstock paper
  • watercolor paper
  • Ranger's Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Festive Berries
    • Salty Ocean
    • Ground Espresso
    • Hickory Smoke
    • Stabilo Fiber Tip Pen (Marker), Black 68/46
    • Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink Pen
    • UHU liquid glue
    • 3-D foams, 5 x 5 x 2 mm
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • scissors
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm) 
    • Marabu rounded fine paintbrush no. 3/0
    • paper towels
    • water

    hope you'll like my today's card for this challenge and get inspired. For more inspiration, check out beautiful cards my Design Teammates and our Guest Designer created. Do join us in this challenge, we are looking forward to see your CAS creations. :o)

    Sue Symens
    Zoe (Guest Designer)

    I'm linking my card to following challenges:
    Note: bold text and challengbadge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge (if any) is a direct link to blog or challenge home page.

    1) Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge, Week 36 - Anything Goes
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    2) Love To Craft Challenge, LTCCB #50 September Anything Goes
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    4) Your Next Stamp, Challenge #147 - Keeping it Clean
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)



    1. Oh my, this cute kitty at school is a delight!!! Fabulous CAS Milka!! And Big Congrats for being part of Casology DT!
      You niece looks very proud for her first day of school, good luck to her! :D And I'm very happy to see that she has no mask. Here in Italy instead all the kids have to wear it at school, poor souls :(
      Big hugs

    2. Beautiful card .. so cute and adorable.
      Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge.
      Good Luck
      Rose DT

    3. Milks, what little girl doesn't love such a cute kitty or card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Love to Craft Challenge! XXO, Aimeslee DT



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