School Days Bike Ride

Stamps: SU Bike Ride
Paper: SU Basic Black, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Paper Size: 5.25" SQ
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Back, SU Real Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Green, Stazon Jet Black, Blazing Red
Accessories: Craft Sponges, SU Build A Bike Framelits Dies, Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, SU Paper Piercing Pack Essentials Template, Piercing Tool, Stencil Scrapbook Collection 11" Ruler Brass Stencil, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, SU Acetate Sheets, McGill Double Slot Punch, Yellow Offray Spool O' Ribbon
Techniques: Sponging, Paste Embossing, Cloud Sponging, Die Cutting

This card was made for the partnering challenge jointly sponsored by Try Stampin' on Tuesday (TSOT) Sketch Challenge #378 with the theme "school days" 

 and Double Trouble Challenge #9 also with a "school days" theme. In addition, Double Trouble also challenges participants to also use the TSOT sketch, and include a bookmark or tag in the card design.
Double Trouble Paper Crafting

Talk about challenges!!!! I recalled that I had a brass template I bought at least 10 years ago that said "school days" on it, so I had my sentiment that would be perfect for a tear-off bookmark! I remember riding my bike to school in third grade, so out came my Stampin' Up! (SU) "Bike Ride" stamp set, and it's matching "Build A Bike" framelits dies.

I stamped the bike pieces in SU Real Red, but every time I've used this set in the past, it always bugged me that the tires were solid and blocked out the background behind the bike. So I thought I would try stamping the wheels on clear acetate using Stazon Jet Black and Bazing Red inks. I liked how it turned out! The bike parts were assembled with Tombow glue and set aside while I made the main panel scene.

This main panel is SU Whisper White cardstock cut to 3.25"x 5.25". I used a die cut scalloped circle to sponge a cloudy sky with ST Pacific Point ink (see "Cloudy Backgrounds" tutorial at I then masked off the sky, and sponged SU Wild Wasabi ink on the lower half to create a grassy background and horizon. I then attached the bike with its stack of books on the back to the sponged panel using adhesive foam strips.

The yellow panel was the most challenging of all. I wanted its dimensions to fit with the TSOT sketch, with one of the matting sides to be a tear-off bookmark. The panel was cut to 4.25"x 5.25", then the brass "11 Inch Ruler" die from Stencil Scrapbook Collection was taped to the top of the panel (landscape mode) with blue painters tape. Then I spread Dreamweavers Embossing Paste over the stencil to fill in all the ruler holes in the brass template. I immediately removed the tape, and carefully lifted the stencil - washing it in soapy warm water while I waited for the paste to completely dry (about one hour).

After the embossing paste was dry, I fitted the stencil back over the dried paste and sponged Memento Tuxedo Black ink over all the exposed paste peeking through the stencil. Be sure and mask the stencil so ink doesn't get onto the yellow cardstock below the ruler stencil!

I then perforated the yellow cardstock right below the ruler pattern using a paper piercer and a template from SU's "Paper Piercing Essentials Pack". This would form the tear line for when the recipient wanted to remove the bookmark. I punched the holes for the bookmark ribbon, then wove the Offray ribbon into the top of the bookmark.

The final step was to assemble the card. I used Tombow glue to attach the yellow panel to the card base. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GLUE THE BOOKMARK!!!! Then the sponged panel with the bike was glued atop the yellow panel.

So, I managed to meet both card challenges in a single card!!! I used the TSOT sketch and both blogs' optional theme "school days", and incorporated a bookmark that could be torn off.

This card wasn't hard to do once I figured out WHAT I was going to do! So, I am giving it a difficulty level of "3" out of a possible "5". 

I really look forward to seeing what creative cards are inspired by these two partnered challenge blogs!!!


  1. Twisted Sister will be very proud of her optional twist...I would never have known what a process it was for you to create your creative tear-off bookmark without reading your tutorial...very clever. Looking forward to partnering up with your team and please share your project with us at Double Trouble and earn chances for our random draw.

  2. Great card, as always, Donna. Please join us at Double Trouble Challenge by sharing your work! Thank you!

  3. I really love this card and the tear off bookmark. Riding my bike to school was my mode of transportation too...I don't enjoy it as much today!


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