My first project today incorporates a photo into a piece of home decor. I'm not a scrapbooker and haven't been since high school, but I really tried to design this month's sets with the memory keepers in mind.
I began by printing a photo of my brother Henry all decked out in his football gear. That giant man-child will be 15 in just a few weeks and that's really, really hard to imagine. He was so tiny just yesterday! But I digress. Anyway, I die cut a Fabulous Frames polaroid shape and stamped it with Background Basics: Super Stripes. Then, I die cut a notched shape from the same die collection and stamped it with the sentiment from Football Frenzy. I adhered the notched shape to the frame and used foam tape to attach the frame to the photo.
Next, I die cut a triangle using the Hello Sunshine Die Collection from Pure Poppy cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment with white detail powder and added small strips of cardstock to look like ties. Then, I adhered a toothpick to the back of the flag with Scor-tape. The next element I worked on was the helmet. I die cut the shape from white cardstock and stamped it with True Black and Pure Poppy inks. I then overstamped the face mask with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear powder. I adhered everything to a white 5" x 7" base using flat and foam adhesives.
It still looked like it needed a little something, so I added Henry's name in True Black cardstock letters using the Headline Alphabet Die Collection. I removed the glass from a simple photo frame (due to the dimension of the embellishments) and inserted the Henry tribute. I'm not too worried about dust (nothing a little canned air or the vacuum can't fix), but if you are a shadow box would be a great choice.
My second project today is a graduation card. I'm sure you've seen a couple of sporty graduation cards in the past few days. Nichole has a great one HERE and Erin has another fantastic one HERE, but I wanted to put my own twist on the concept. I decided to use the football in place of the "0" to reinforce the athletic theme (you could do the same with the large baseball image from 7th Inning Stretch).
I began by Xyroning a piece of white cardstock and die cutting it with the Letterman Stitched Number Dies, sticky side (still covered) up. I removed the adhesive backing and sprinkled the letters with white flocking. It's an alternative to felt if you're looking for interesting texture with a little less bulk. I die cut an Enchanted Evening layer using the Letterman Stitched Number Mat Dies. I stitched those together with dark blue embroidery thread and set them aside.
Then, I die cut the football shape from white cardstock and stamped it with the coordinating image using Dark Chocolate ink. I then stitched the laces on the football with white embroidery thread. Next, I cut a white panel and stamped it with the lined, hourglass-y image from Big Ticket Basics in Spring Rain ink. I followed up with the "Class of" strip from For The Graduate in Enchanted Evening ink. I attached that panel to a Classic Kraft card base and added the numbers and football with foam tape.
Thank you for joining me today! I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of additional projects, but in the meantime Nichole, Ashley, Danielle, Dawn, Erin, Heather, Melissa Phillips, and Lexi all have more to share with you. I'll see you again soon! Enjoy your Sunday!
Stamps: Football Frenzy, Background Basics Super Stripes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, True Black - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Football Frenzy Die Collection, Fabulous Frames Die Collection, Hello Sunshine Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; White Detail Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; toothpick
Class Of 2014 Card
Stamps: Football Frenzy, For The Graduate, Big Ticket Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Football Frenzy Die Collection, Letterman Stitched Numbers Die Collection, Letterman Stitched Numbers Mats Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Blue Embroidery Floss, White Embroidery Floss - DMC; White Flocking - Recollections