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Monday, September 8, 2014

School Spirit!

Hey everyone!  Today I am playing along with the Card Concept Challenge's Back to School Theme!  I went a totally different way with my card and I almost didn't post it because I thought  I might have gone too far out of the box!  But I'm going with it because inspiration comes in different forms right?  :)

I pulled out a couple sets from Clearly Whimsy Stamps because they are perfect for school cards.

School Spirit Side

First, if you're looking at the inspiration image (posted at the bottom of this post), you may be wondering why I chose these colors rather than the obvious black, white & red.  Well, if you look down at the table you'll see a small tray of pencil rolls.  I loved those colors and so that is what I went with.  I also liked how there were different sizes of trays and shapes on the table & in the picture and that is what I drew inspiration from for the speech bubbles & arrows!  Sometimes the obscure can be very inspiring! :)

School Spirit Green Closeup 2

I used the Clearly Whimsy stamp sets School Spirit & Say What to create my speech bubbles & sentiments.  I stamped one of the arrows twice from the School Spirit set inside of the green bubble at the top and then placed the speech bubble die cuts from the coordinating Say What Speech Bubble die set over the top with dimensionals.  I love how you can see the arrows peeking through to create even more visual interest!  

School Spirit Yellow Closeup 1

I did a similar thing with the bottom speech bubble.  This time I used a larger arrow from the School Spirit stamp set and then placed the die cut bubble on top.  I also used a new border die, the Speech Bubble Border die, as a border on the side of the card to fit the theme.  I let it hang slightly over the edge of the card for  a fun look.

Here's the inspiration piece (remember the pencil rolls at the bottom right side, lol):

I'm suppose to share what card style I used too.  I'm terrible at figuring that out though!  Clean and Graphic?  Clean and Layered?  Not sure!

And another look at the finished card...

School Spirit

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this card!

Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy Say What & School Spirit
Dies: Clearly Whimsy Say What Speech Bubbles, Speech Bubble Border Die
Inks:  Amuse Orange & Lime, Avery Elle Aquamarine, Mimosa & Cherry, PTI True Black
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Lemonade Stand
Cardstock:  MFT Orange Fizz, SU Coastal Cabana


  1. Amazing...just amazing! I love your non traditional colors and in the speech bubbles and all those arrows. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept.

  2. I love how you've used all the speech bubbles but the best one is the BIG one on the side!

  3. Hi, Jen!This as a great design! LOVE the quote bubble on the side! Very creative!

  4. I love this card! I especially love the speech bubbles. I love the big one on the edge. Very nice! I would say this is clean and layered? I always have a hard time knowing too. What I can tell you is that it is totally awesome!!
    thanks for playing at the card concept!

  5. So cool! Love the funky colours you've used and I love how you've tied the back to school theme with the speech bubbles! Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!


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