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!

You Might Also Like


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

  2. Cute cute card. Love the grass!

  3. 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!