Well… in all honesty, I was talking with a friend at work whose employee’s last day was coming up. She said that she was going to get a special card and gift for her (she’d been with us for 4 years, which is a long time for our program). So I said “I know! I’ll make you a card.” She didn’t really protest so I assumed she was good with it. And here it is:
Our coworker’s favorite color is orange and I asked my friend what she wanted me to write on the card. She suggested “Shining stars never fade” on the outside and “Twinkle on” on the inside. I love that!
I already had the wooden star and I made the stamp out of an eraser (my new favorite hobby). I’m doing it very low tech, with just an X-acto knife which I use to cut around whatever I want the design to be (after drawing it on with a trusty Sharpie). Then, I cut the rest of the background out, slicing horizontally through the eraser about 1/8 of an inch down. I do a couple practice stamps to see if there’s anything I want to change on the image and if there’s any of the background that’s not deep enough, and I’m good to go. I’ve made about 5 of them so far. I also put a button on the front because when our coworker was pregnant a couple of years ago she didn’t find out the gender of her baby so we all called it “Button”. And, I have to admit, she really is as cute as a button.
I also found a challenge using die-cuts on the Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge blog: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/challenge-make-the-cut/. The Design Team’s samples are amazing- many of them are so intricate and the die-cuts really make them “pop” (literally). I don’t actually have any die-cuts myself, but I made a banner for the text on the front of the card kind of looked like one. One of the Design Team members for the challenge used cardboard in her die cutter and I loved the effect, so I tried to mimic it using my handy-dandy X-acto knife again and origami paper. I also used a paper punch (which is the same principle as a die) to make the little swirls on the inside.
I love the dimension from the button, star, and cardboard. And gluing them on with silver glitter glue gave it a fun twinkle (which I kept going by using it as the tale of the shooting star, as well). I used pastels in yellow and orange to color around the edge, having cut the orange background paper a little smaller than the card on purpose. As a side note, the orange paper was a gift from another work friend. She was cleaning out her childhood home and came across a whole box of this really beautiful, heavy, colored artists’ paper which she gave me. I love it!
I used my Tim Holtz‘ Distress Ink pad for the text (with my stamp press) and stars but then had to go over the letters on front with a black Sharpie because they were a little too “distressed” to be able to read them clearly. I have to get a plain black ink pad for things like this. I sprayed the whole thing with a high-gloss spray fixative to make it shiny and keep the pastels from smudging. Also, the spray adhesive I used on the origami paper was still a little sticky around the edges so that helped cover the sticky up.
All in all, it was a lot of fun to make and my friend loved it.