Guest Designer Chelsea Comer and The Places You'll Go

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


Hi ... I am glad you stopped by today!  I am so excited to be the TAC Guest Designer for the day!

I am going to share 3 cards and a project using the TAC Set - The Places You'll Go.

This set reminds me of taking road trips ... in fact that is what inspired my final project.

With this post I will show you how to mask and sponge to create scenes for your projects.  ENJOY!

For this card I used the trees from the set and masked them to create a forest.


First I stamped the trees on a post-it note and then I cut them out.  TIP - try to stamp as much as you can on the sticky part of the post-it.


Next I stamped the trees on my white cardstock over to the left side.


Next I covered that image with my post-it note trees.


Now you can stamp the next set of trees while overlapping on the post-it note.  Repeat this process one more time, moving the post-it note to the middle trees.


You can keep this post-it not mask to use over and over ... TIP - I keep it in the case with my stamp set so that it's very easy to find  :)


Here is the completed card.  I colored the trees with copics (YG03 and YG63 - my favorite colors for trees and landscape).  I sponged the edges of the image with Burnt Umber Palette ink.  I stamped the sentiment from the set and sponged the edges of that piece as well and then pop-dotted it.  I used a tan cardstock base as well as the free downloadable Robyn paper.  I added tan scrappers floss as well as a flower and button for the final touch.


So for this next card .. I pulled out my saved cloud masks and stamped the clouds on my white cardstock.


I used Reflection Blue Palette ink to then sponge the background making the sky.


Here is how the sky turned out.


And here is the completed card.  I stamped the trailer separately and colored it with my  copics.  I stamped another fender and then pop-dotted that on the card for more of a 3D effect.  I added a strip of gray cardstock and added white dashes to it to represent a road.  I added a black gem to the tire and stamped the sentiment from the You Whoo set.  I matted the scene on black cardstock for an extra pop of color.


Here is my third and final card that I made with this set.  This would be a great card for congratulating someone on a new job.  I stamped the buildings and colored them with my copics (C1, C3, C5, and C7).  I cut out the building and then pop-dotted them on the white square.  I then matted them on a darker grey cardstock.  I took a lighter grey and stamped the dots from Background Soup using Charcoal Grey Palette Ink.  I then stamped the sentiment from Thinking of You also with the Charcoal ink.  I matted it all on the darker grey cardstock and then onto white.

And now for my extra project ... again as I said this set reminds me of taking road trips across country.  When I was a kid every summer my mom, my brother, and I would pile into the station wagon and drive from Chicago to Kansas City to visit my grandmother.  This was before there were minivans decked out with movie players and before there were hand held video games ... so we had to make the best of it to survive the 10 hour trip together.  My mom was always trying to come up with games to help us pass the time ... I Spy, Auto Bingo, and the License Plate Game were some of our favorites.

So with that in mind, I made a 9" x 12" kids activity book for the next road trip! .....

I covered chipboard with patterned paper and added more of the Robyn downloadable paper as an accent.  I stamped the sentiment over and over as well as making a main panel.  I stamped cars and trees and colored them with copics.  I pop-dotted all of them and added them to this cover while also adding black gems to the wheels.  I added ribbon from the Emma, Mimi, and Winchester ribbon collections.  I used my Cinch to punch all of the holes and bind the activity book together.


I found this great set of mini Dry Erase markers at Walmart.  They come in great colors and they have erasers on the end!  I covered up the brand and information on them by making another label that matches the activity book.  Now why do you ask did I need Dry Erase Markers .... well ....


I found all of these pages on the internet and I had them all printed in color and  LAMINATED at Office Max!!!  Using the dry erase markers (with the built in erasers) allows kids to play with this book over and over and over again!!!  This page was for Auto Bingo.


This page was a map so that the kids can check off all of the different license plates that they see ... it's a great way to learn all of the states and where they are located.  A geography lesson and they won't even know it!!!


This  page was for the lines and dots game ... a personal favorite of mine! 


This page was for Tic-Tac-Toe.


This final page was for a scavenger hunt.


I just love this set and this final project ... I hope that I inspired you to get out your stamps and start creating, whether it be cards or activity books. 

During TAC's Fabulous February Promotion you can pick up this set The Places you Will Go for $14.96 (25% off the regular price of $19.95).

To see more of my creations and projects, be sure to visit my blog:



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  1. What wonderful samples! I just love that activity book fabulous!! This is one of my favorite sets too, so fun!! TFS!

  2. Wow! Awesome projects!! I especially like the activity book! That is just genius!

  3. Your cards are SO cute and your projet... OMG!!! Love!!! Thank U for sharing!

  4. Oh AWESOME Chels...Love your cards and now, especiallly the Travel book now that I see what's inside. This would be an awesome project for my students to do at the end of the school year when testing is done!!! FABULOUS!!!

  5. Just love the cards and the travel activity book is amazing!

  6. Oh your travel book is the best! How much fun it will be for the kids - I remember many of those games that mine used to play too in the backseat...sigh...miss the good 'ol days! :) Great job today!

  7. Christine PenningtonFebruary 2, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Now who is the rock-star? Your cards are amazing--and love, love, love the activity book!

  8. LOVE it Chelsea! Your project ROCKS! If reminds me so much of my childhood also! All of the favorite car games! Thank you so much for sharing today! YOU ROCK!

  9. great samples .... and I didn't want to have to get that set .... you really make it shine!!! Love the activity book .... how creative!! Outstanding work....

  10. Wonderful! I LOVE your activity book! that is just awesome! Great cards! I save my post-it masks too!

  11. Your cards are awesome and your activity book rocks! Love them!

  12. What an incredibly fun travel book! FABULOUS idea!!

  13. SO happy that I don't have to choose a favorite! These projects all rock, my friend! You are so clever, and so talented! Great job!!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh my heavens Chica! I love all your projects! I so think the next road trip we use that book!!!!!! It is so creative!

  15. Paula-Kay BourlandFebruary 2, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Love it all, and so glad I finally found the "comments" so I can tell you. Incredible! You are FABULOUS!

  16. WOW this is awesome! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that travel book...fabulous idea!!

  17. You totally rocked it, Chels. Love all of your projects. We just bought a laminator so now I think we need to plan a roadtrip to do all those fun activities. Love all the cards too.

  18. Wow Wow Wow!!! You so rocked this stamp set! Love all the cards and your activity book for the road is FANTASTIC!!!

  19. Maria Van StrattonFebruary 2, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    What a great idea, I love the cards too!

  20. Allison McCutcheonFebruary 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Great cards and project, Chelsea! Your creativity shines!

  21. finally figured out how to leave a comment here! FABULOUS cards and AWESOME project! YOU ROCK!!!!!!! WTG!

  22. Great travel book, Chelsea! Great way to keep the kiddos occupied :)

  23. Great cards, and I think I need an activity book for my upcoming roadtrip!!!! :}