October Afternoon has some of the cutest back to school graphics and products. We have been back to school since the 7th, but with my mind still on summer, I decided to combine both the Summertime collection with some school themed products to make these lunch box cards. I loved how well the worked together.
Each card is based off of this sketch. The actual placements of stamps or embellishments on the cards vary from the sketch, but are inspired by the sketch. With this inspiration, the cards came together quickly. I was also able to interpret the sketch in three different ways making each card unique but similar.
I used the the Summertime stamps to make a school of fish for this card. To get the multi colors on the main fish, I used three small Prima chalk inks to ink the stamp at one time. The chalk ink worked really well, giving a nice dark, crisp color. The 'one-of-a-kind' was stamped with the Daily Flash Inspiration roller stamp. I fussy cut the stamped Out to Sea stamp to stitch in place at the bottom.
The next card, I pulled in some watercolors to color in the Milk Money cat stamp. Then using the same stamp set, I stamped "make the grade" on one of the labels. I also layered a Daily Flash Milk Money sticker on top of the chipboard speech bubble.
I mixed in a little Public Library with the "read" badge to go along with the cute little girl from the Milk Money stamp set. To make her stand out more, I stamped her onto a round label and left her as is without coloring her in. Reading and learning opens the doors for discoveries, so I added the Summertime stickers at the top.
The base of each card uses a different pattern paper from the Summertime collection, with the same pattern paper layered on top. I stitched around the top pattern paper, leaving the top open for a pocket. I cut pieces from the Milk Money Spelling pattern paper, stapled a tab to each one, and tucked into the pocket. This gives me space to clip a note to the inside card or write directly on the card.
The different interpretations of the sketch would work for any card or pocket page cards. Feeling really inspired, turn it into a layout.