Happy Friday crafty friends!
It's hard to believe that it's August. Here where I live my kids enroll for school next week, pre-season football practice starts Monday, volleyball practice the week after that and then we are back to school on the 20th. I can't believe that it's almost time for another school year! To get us all ready for back to school check out the awesome new Teacher's Pet Release from Simon Says Stamp:
I created a couple of 3" square lunch box notes to tuck in my kids' lunch boxes (These will go to my elementary school age son and middle school age daughter. My high school sophmore would not like to have his mom tuck notes into his bag. Not cool. ha!).
I die cut the front of the shaker using the scalloped square die from the SSS Lunch Box Notes Craft Dies. I took the rounded square die from the same set and taped it in position using post it tape and ran it through again to make the "window". I die cut the scalloped square two more times, once from a transparency and once from SSS Sea Glass Cardstock to complete the pieces for the shaker.
I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with the SSS Waves Stencil to give the SSS Sea Glass Cardstock die cut piece the illusion of "water". Then I stamped a couple of the coral designs (I used them more as sea weed for this design) from the SSS Best Fishes Stamp Set using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. I added stamped greetings from the SSS Lunch Box Notes Stamp Set with SSS Black Ink and then set the back piece aside.
I stamped the fish designs on smooth white cardstock and colored them in with Copic Markers (the individual colors I used are linked below in the supplies). Instead of smoothly coloring in the fish with the brush tip of the marker, I created little dots all over the bodies of the fish and the feathering technique for the fish fins. I die cut each fish with the coordinating fish craft die and adhered them to the background of the cards. I added detailing to the pupil of each eye with my favorite black glaze pen and then added Glossy Accents on top for a bit of dimension.
For the front of the shaker I used a strong adhesive to adhere the transparency to the cut out window frame and then I doubled up the foam adhesive along all four sides, trimming the foam adhesive as needed to fit. I sprinkled in an assortment of Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, removed the backing paper from the foam adhesive and then secured the backing to the shaker.
I glued a few additional sequins to the front of each shaker card using Matte Medium and then adhered the shaker to a 3" square white notecard.
Be sure to check the Simon Says Stamp Blog next week for their Summer School Series! Here's a sneak peek of the class project I'll be sharing with you on my day on the blog: