Creative Challenge: 20 cards 1 stamp
As most of you who have been following me on Facebook or Instagram know, I took on a project for Teacher Appreciation Week to make 20 unique graduation cards for the kindergarten class of 2020. These cards all had to look distinctly different, given each kid's individual personality, yet have a unifying element so that when friends showed them to each other over a Zoom call, they could feel a sense of belonging to one community, one classroom. It definitely was a creative challenge, and I hope I've done this project justice.
In the video below you can see the beginnings of this project, where I color all the stamped images. I then proceeded to die cut the colored images and then designed each card to look different.
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Here are all the cards in one snapshot. Do you have a favorite? I’m probably not supposed to have a favorite since I poured my heart and soul into each one of these, but I think I do. Hint: there’s only one in that color ;)
I also made all the envelopes for each of these cards “from scratch.” I didn’t want the class teacher to have to use bubble envelopes to send these cards in as that would require extra postage, so I decided to use thick watercolor card stock which kept the weight of each card under one ounce, while still offering the protection they need. I then stamped the envelopes with rainbow colored sentiments on the front and a “happy mail” stamp on the back. I also included peel and stick shipping labels for the teacher (pre-filled with glitter calligraphy), so it’s one less thing for her to do.
And there you have it. It was a labor of love and I am so excited for the kids to receive these next month as we celebrate their achievements, their adaptability and their commitment to working together even during these Covid-19 times.
Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (These are compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. As always, I was not paid to do this post and I only use products from companies I love.)
- 120 lb cover cardstock Accent Opaque White
- 110 lb cardstock Neenah Classic Crest
- Colored cardstock
- Watercolor Wash Paper Pad (for easy backgrounds/envelopes)
- Brutus Monroe "Not Your Mama’s Cardstock”
- Fiskars Trimmer
- Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
- Sizzix Magnetic Platform
- My Sweet Petunia Cut Align
- Cutting Knife
- Kaisercraft - Cutting Mat - 14.25 x 14.25
- Hero Arts Misti Stamping Tool
- We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
Stamps, Die Cuts and Embossing Folders
- Sunny Studios Woo Hoo Stamp
- Sunny Studios Woo Hoo Dies
- Ranger Ink Letter It Collection
- Sizzix Dotted Hearts Framelits Die
- Hooray Die
- Congrats Die (discontinued)
- Cross Stitch Die
- Sew in Love Die
- Hugs and Kisses Turnabout Die
- Scroll Background Embossing Folder
- Brick Background Embossing Folder