Monday, January 26, 2015

Christine S. - 2 Cool 4 School

Good day! Christine S. here with a few projects using the 2 Cool 4 School collection.  This collection is colorful & filled with bright primary colors...very eye catching stuff.  It's excellent for documenting school classes/activities/events/achievements/art/projects/etc.  I've created a layout, card & a tag which has a variety of subjects that shows the possibilities of this range.  Let's start off with a layout titled "Color, Doodle, Trace, Repeat".  This documents my 21 month old daughter (she was 18 months on these photos) loving this activity, & it occupies her for ages.  It's quite nice & enjoyable watching her do it as she babbles along...already multitasking at this early age.

To create this layout, apply some black gesso with a Heart stencil on the Art paper.  Once dry, apply some red chalk ink with the 6x6 Doily template.  You can use a foam applicator, dauber or your fingers to apply it.  Cut off a small part of the paper at the top left, curling it a bit, & then adhere a small piece of the Science paper.
Next, fussy cut some pencil ends (you can cut as much or as little as you want) from the English paper, then glue them on the Art paper.  I adhered a pencil end with some foam adhesive.  Then layer the photos, collectables, sticker & some scrap paper.  Finish it all off by adding the title & journaling strips. 
The title says it perfect for this range I reckon.  What else can we create out of this range that has nothing to do with school/arts/coloring/etc? How about a baby card?

To create this card, get some yellow cardstock for the base, than attach the Science paper.  Punch both paper with a corner rounder only at the bottom part.  Apply texture paste using the Bubbles template & let dry.  Stamp the Arty texture stamp randomly, achieving a cascading look, using a black/charcoal ink pad.

Layer the collectables, fussy cut pencil & sticker in the middle, then adhere a tied grosgrain ribbon.  Attach a red brad in the middle of the bow.  Adhere the baby blocks die cut with foam adhesive, & finish it off with by adding some stars & your title/sentiment.  Isn't this collection perfect for making baby & children's birthday & occasional cards/invitations, both for boys & girls alike!
Now, it's time to go to the other end of the color loud primary colors in this tag.  I made it for my sister in law who loves to read & I thought she'd like something pretty to mark a page (if you're reading this post, it'll come your way very soon :)).
You'll need the Social Studies paper for this tag.  Looking at the books, trim the part & size that you like.  Cut out 4 small books from the remaining paper, & another small strip that shows some words & definitions on it.  Cut out some words from the bottom strip (don't throw them away!), adhere them on kraft or dark brown cardstock to frame the words, & set them aside.  Layer all the books & strip of paper, making sure to adhere them well. I find that tacky/Helmar450 glue works best if you're into messy play.

 Now for the fun part!  Choose a stencil, apply some gel medium & let dry.  I used my Kaisercraft's Lattice template for this & applied the gel at the lower right side.  Grab a red wine colored glimmer mist (I used Berry Rose from Tattered Angels) & spray it on the tag, concentrating the color where the gel has dried.  Water it down if you find the color too dark.  Speed up the drying process with a heat gun (It currently has a discount at the shop, yay!).  Now, choose a graphic stamp & a texture stamp.  Stamp the graphic image first on the misted area with black/staz on ink pad.  I used Kaiser's Charlotte's Dream stamp set for this.  Then stamp your texture stamp (I used Kaiser's Flutter stamp) with a distress ink pad randomly...don't overthink it! Adhere the strip words around the stamped image.  Punch a hole on top, then tie a bow with a long piece of string/wax cord.  Curl the strands with scissors.  Finish it all off with a couple of sparklets & a button. 
This tag is definitely not for the kids, & I love it! I hope this post has inspired you & leave a comment if you've got any questions.  Do check out the collection here.  Have a great week!

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