This afternoon, when I picked up the Kiddos, the youngest told me that it was Mrs. B's birthday today and he had to finish the card he was making her. He said he told her he would give her "her present tomorrow, for sure, because he didn't have time to finish it today". He described to me that it was taking forever because he was writing "Happy Birthday" in block letters across the entire card. He then proceeded to pull out the card from his backpack. And the "OH NO!!!" was one with much dismay! It would seem that the Kiddo, not only shoved the card into his backpack (thus crumpling the card), but he also shoved his LEAKING water bottle on top of it.
After finishing his homework, he came into my office/craft area and said he needed to make a new card. I figured he would want to just make the same version, just round two. NOPE. He thought that he might like to stamp. Ok. What kind of stamp did he have in mind? Did he want to color? Did he want flowers? After a few minutes of pondering, he came up with "I don't want to color, but I want a lot of color and swirls and stuff". Oooookkkkkaaaayyyy.
So, I did what any wise mother does when put in that situation. I pulled up SCS's resource page and started looking at possibilities!! And one of the first to jump out at me was the Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach technique that my friend Sherry wrote up. My kiddo has played around with my alcohol inks before and liked them. He was very excited when he saw Sherry's example and thought that would be perfect.
He chose which "swirly" stamp he wanted to use and stamped it with Versamark ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder over it. Then concentrated very hard on melting the embossing powder
Then he chose which inks he wanted to use. We had to have a sample of different ink colors and then he chose which ones he wanted to use. I caught myself in time from suggesting a "color" scheme. I believe his final choices were: Stream, Raisin, Wild Plum and Butterscotch.
I then placed a scrap piece of computer paper over the inked image and melted off the embossing powder with my iron. We tried several different die cuts on the front to place his sentiment, but he didn't like the fact that they all covered up his "swirls". He started looking at my punches and pulled out SU's Designer Label. He hand wrote the sentiment with SU's Elegant Eggplant marker and sponged the label edges with Distress Dusty Concord. I suggested maybe some type of "bling" beneath the sentiment and pulled out some glittery brads and itty bitty self adhesive pearls. He went with the pearls and colored them with the same alcohol ink colors he used on the background. I then asked if he wanted a ribbon under the label. After looking at it, he decided yes ('cause it didn't cover too much of his swirls). Then he decided to add a bow. After much frustration on my part to tie a decent bow with "legs", he said that the "fake" bow I showed him first, would be fine. Gotta luv that kid!! "Fake" bow made and topped with another self adhesive 1/2 pearl.
*Have to share. While adding my "watermark" to this photo, the kiddo says "uhhh, where is "Card by C?!!"
During this entire process of making this card, the Kiddo kept asking if I thought Mrs. B would like it, because she wasn't expecting something like this.
I don't think she is going to like it. I think she is going to LOVE it.
Supplies: Paper: Gina K's Pure Luxury, SU glossy paper. Inks: Ranger Alcohol Inks, SU Elegant Eggplant marker, Distress Dusty Concord, Versamark. Stamps: Tattered Angels "Regal". Accessories: Clear embossing powder, 1/2 back pearls (from my stash), black ribbon, Designer Label punch
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