|For this Watercooler Wednesday Blog Challenge #206, the theme was "Anything Goes" since the challenge starts during the fifth week of January. |
I decided to challenge myself by making a card for an unusual occasion in February. Of course that means I went to my handy internet search tool and found the web site "Fun Holidays - Fun, Wacky, and Trivial Holidays" at: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/
As card crafters, who better to recognize than you friendly mail carrier on his/her special February 4th holiday? Of course, I wanted the card theme to be related to mail in some way. I have a great DCWV 6"x6" paper stack called "Maps, Text, and Ledgers" that had a design paper that was full of cancelled stamps. I used the colors in the paper to guide my selection of card stock. The card base is Stampin' Up! (SU) Kraft, with a Real Red matting.
There might be a mail carrier appreciation stamp out there somewhere, but I found it easier to use a special font on my printer and to print it out on SU Whisper White cardstock in red and black. I didn't like how bright the white was, so used a craft sponge to darken the white with SU Crumb Cake ink. I cut out the sentiment using Sizzix "Dotted Rectangles" dies to give the sentiment piece a little bit of "postal" look.
The strip of SU Kraft paper behind the matted sentiment element is stamped with the Hampton Arts Stamps "Postal Cancellation" stamp I bought more than 10 years ago. I used my old stamp posiitioner tool from Personal Stamp Exchange that works really great with wood mounted stamps to repeat stamp the cancellation image over and over across the strip of Kraft cardstock, then trimmed it to fit and glued it to the card front using Tombow glue.
The matted sentiment was attached over the cancellation strip using adhesive foam strips to raise it up above the level of the card front for added depth and interest.
The card was super easy to create since I had the stamp pattern paper to establish the base for my postal theme. I am rating the difficulty level at "1" out of a possible "5". A stamp positioner is DEFINITELY required to create the row of cancellation wiggles.
|Stamps: Hampton Arts Stamps Postal Cancellation|
|Paper: SU Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White, DCWV Maps Text & Ledger Stack|
|Paper Size: A2|
|Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake|
|Accessories: Printer, Sizzix Dotted Frames Framelits Dies, Craft Sponge, Personal Stamp Exchange Stamp Alignment Tool, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Paper Trimmer|
Techniques: Die Cutting, Sponging