Wednesday, May 10, 2023

End of Year Teacher Cards - Karen Burniston's Adirondack Chair

 Hello and Welcome! Before I know it, my kids will be home for summer vacation, so I thought I would get a start on some teacher cards. For this card I used Karen Burniston's Adirondack Chair Pop-Up

I started with an A2 sized top fold card base. I tried to keep my cardstock light so that the card wouldn't be thick. I used an 80lb smooth white cardstock as the base, I added some clouds to the back using MFT Mini Cloud Stencil and Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. Then following Karen's instruction in the assembly video (which you can check out here), I cut a panel using a 65lb kraft cardstock and adhered it to the white card base. Before I adhered it down, I used Distress Spray in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to create little dots of color to look like sand, I also used Simon Says Stamps Pawsitively Saturated Ink in Cappuccino and a blending brush to add some color to the edges. 

I used Karen Burniston's Tropical Scene dies and cut some sand dunes for the background, then I adhered the sand piece to the card base, then I taped down the Adirondack chair die and ran it through my die cutter. I trimmed out kraft cardstock piece so the white chair could pop up. I added a kraft cardstock piece to the back of the card as shown in the assembly video. This will cover the empty space behind the chair. 

I die cut an ocean piece using a piece of scrap blue cardstock and one of the wave dies in the Tropical Scene die set. Then I used Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers to add some dimension to the water piece. 

Now comes the fun part! Decorating! I cut out the palm trees from the Tropical Scene sand dunes in dark brown and green and added them to the background. I added some detail to the palm trees using a Copic marker. 

I then added the flamingo and flip flops from the Beach Charms die set, adding details to both using Copic markers. 

I wanted to add a blanket or towel to the back of the chair, so I used the picnic blanket die from Karen Burniston's Picnic Elements and a scrap piece of patterned paper. I trimmed the piece to fit the back of the chair and added some shading with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed. 

I added the bucket and shovel that comes with the Adirondack Chair Pop-Up, adding glossy accents to the bucket. I also added the turtle from the Sea Animals. I used Copic markers to add detail to the turtle and a size 10 white Gelly Pen to add shine lines. 

I stamped the teacher sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs - Sweet Sentiments Teacher to the top of the card. I die cut a small rectangle from Karen Burniston's Rectangles - Crosshatch using smooth white cardstock so that my daughter has a place to sign her name for her teacher. 

For the front of this card, I used two different summer themed pattern papers. I die cut a crab border using Karen Burniston's Beach Borders die set. I added the eyes and smiles using a black pen and added shine lines using a Gelly Pen. 

I die cut the word Welcome from Karen Burniston's Welcome word die twice, once from a lime green cardstock and once from heavy weight black cardstock. Then I glued them together and added it to the card. I did the same for the word summer which came from Karen Burniston's Word Set 6 - Summer, only using a bright yellow cardstock. 

I added glitter gel to both words to add some sparkle to the front of this card. This was my first time using the Adirondack chair, but I already have ideas for my next card using this die! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


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