Sharon Jones is the newest member of my team. I’m so happy to have her along for this amazing ride and know we’ll have a lot of fun! Sharon emailed me yesterday to request inspiration for a “way to go!” card she wants to make for her teenage son. Teenage boys fall into that category of “hard to make a card for.” Other people who fall into this “hard to make a card for” group? Men top the list, followed by teenage boys, then teenage girls, babies who can’t (or stubbornly choose not to) read and grumpy people who hate freindly greetings. Incidentally, the “easiest to make a card for” are mothers, teachers and ballerinas.
As soon as the challenge was presented, I knew what I was going to make. I went straight to my new Good Sport stamp set – I purchased it during Stampin’ Up!’s 15% off day. The set is designed for sports enthusiasts, showcasing a football, baseball, basketball and soccer ball. Are you overflowing with pride that I was able to name all three of the sports items in the set? I wasn’t sure if Sharon’s son is athletic, but that didn’t matter. I wasn’t going to throw a football or baseball on the card – I just wanted the emblem featured in that stamp set. Here’s the card I made to inspire Sharon to inspire her son to inspire him to keep up the good work:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Let the stamped image shine. There’s not a lot going on in this card, but it’s beautifully balanced, don’t you think? By only adding a couple of layers of cardstock behind the emblem and sentiment, I let the stamped image take center stage. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, so your eye goes straight to the emblem.
- Even I make mistakes. I made a mistake once – it was seven years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. OK, I will admit that I also made a mistake when I was making this card. After I applied the punched sentiment into the center of the emblem with a Stampin’ Dimensional, I realized it wasn’t perfectly lined up. Easy fix! I simply snipped away the dimensional and started over. Want more? See my original post about how to easily correct a misplaced dimensional by clicking here.
- Trimming tip. When I set out to make the piece for the center of the card, I carefully trimmed the desired lenght and width of the card stock. When I stamped the emblem, however, I was a little off center from left to right, so I trimmed the sides to get it back on track. I lined up the left-most side of the image with the inner-most edge of the my trimmer guide. I then flipped over the sheet and trimmed the other side by lining it up the same way. I layered the other card stock around this non-traditional shape.
Stamp set: Good Sport, Delightful Dozen Papers: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White Ink: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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