Tune in Tuesday with Michelle McDaniel

Monday, August 15, 2011

TAC 8_16

As a cardmaker, I send cards out for many occasions. But I've realized they are usually the traditional ones - you know the birthday's, anniversary's, sympathy. The just because ones are made but not sent to often. And the thinking of you ones are made but sent when something happens - death or an illness.

Well I want to change that! And The Angel Company is here to help! Why not make a card for another reason? Did you know there are MANY "non-traditional" holidays that are perfect to make a card for? On page 2 of our Inspiration Book & Catalogue we've listed those holidays for you. It's a GREAT way to help you get started.

One of the holidays coming up is International Day of Peace on September 21st. As a Girl Scout leader, I'm familiar with this day. We make pinwheels to display at our school incorporating a program called Pinwheels for Peace. It's a way for Girl Scouts (or anyone for that matter) to create a visual public statement about peace.

So imagine how excited I was to create a card showcasing these same things! I grabbed the set Give It A Whirl (RN-23) and created a scene. Let me show you how easy it is to do!

TAC 8_16 tutorial A
First thing is to stamp the pinwheels onto your paper. I placed the three pinwheels on my acrylic block and staggered them. I cut out a cloud using thin paper (think copy paper) to use as my template. Instead of a sponge I used a manicure pad and Memento Summer Sky Ink. Holding the cloud template down, I began swiping the ink around the template.

TAC 8_16 tutorial B

I realized that I wanted my cloud to go down a little so I made a mask for my pinwheel. To make a mask, you stamp the image on a post-it note, cut it out and then adhere it temporarily to the image. Then I started swiping ink again.

 TAC 8_16 tutorial C
Continue making the clouds on your paper. When finished take a pencil and draw a hill. Once you've made the hill the way you like, trace it with your Copic MulitLiner. Now you are ready to color.

TAC 8_16 upclose

I colored my pinwheels and then made grass patches all over the hill. I continued coloring the grass until I got it how I liked it. Once you are done you can then assemble your card!

Now I have a card ready to send - it's pretty and it holds special meaning for me. I know I've conveyed that and the recipient will feel it!

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you have enjoyed my card and the how-to that went into it. Feel free to visit me at my blog, Creative Journey for more inspiraton! Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Gosh, this is just a really super cute card! Love it. :)

  2. Cute cute card. Love the grass!

  3. Paula-Kay BourlandAugust 16, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Great ideas Michelle, and your card is cute as can be!

  4. Great card! Love those pinwheels. Haven't inked them up yet. Our school/county does an event called Chalk for Peace (check it out online) kinda like your pinwheel event. It's a BIG worldwide event and we always have news crews and different celebrities pitching in during the event.

  5. SO CUTE! Love the sky...and the grass! TFS!

  6. Wonderful card, I am going to try those clouds too!TFS

  7. Such a FUN card Michelle! TFS!